It has been too long since I have written a post. Truthfully, my life has faced some new stressors which has required focus and new decisions to be made. Most of my younger years, especially during the teenage years, I relied on crying to relieve my stress. I had the lie that I had to cry to release those hormones in order to balance myself. Fortunately, during these recent turn of events in my life, I have found a new coping skill….hitting the gym!
I was lucky to receive an employee discount through both my job and my husband’s job landing us with a $44/year gym membership! I am not bragging but I am encouraging you. Ask your employer about a gym discount and if they don’t provide one…beg for one! LOL Talk to the local gym about calling your employer to strike up the relationship. You can also ask your gym about discounts and scholarship programs.
I am not truly here to talk about my life or gym discounts, but rather to encourage you! I have categorized 5 different motivating mind sets that I rotate though when hitting the gym. When I just don’t want to go or I would rather just walk the treadmill rather than run, I clear my head and refocus with a positive mindset.
5 Positive Mindset Goals while at the Gym:
- Accept Accountability– We first have to get to the gym, right? Which means getting dressed and going. Find someone to go to the gym with or make friends while at the gym. If you go about the same time everyday, you are bound to see a routine of the same people. So, make friends and make it intentional to meet them at the gym.
- Full of Fun– What else is fun to you? The gym provides televisions if you like to watch. Walking and watching is better than sitting and watching, right!? If you like to listen to music, grab your phone or ipod and headphones to take with you. Do you like to read? If so, take your book. I have been surprised at how many calories people can burn while reading!!
- Tell the Truth– Be honest with yourself. You are not going to lose weight just by going to the gym once. So DO NOT allow losing weight to be your only goal. Yes, working out helps the process of losing weight. Be sure to seek immediate benefits that you can receive every time you go. Such as, how it makes you feel, being able to forget your stressors, and having a relaxing routine that provides consistency.
- Cannot Compare– If you find yourself wondering how fast the person beside you is running or how many calories they have burned…check yourself! I have been beside the speedsters and the slow pokes and peeking has never been positive for me. Focus on the fact that whatever workout you accomplish is better than no work out at all. Considering yourself and that you did a little bit better than the last time you worked out . You especially did better than those days you don’t work out at all!
- Get to that Goal– Most importantly consider, what is your goal? Make a reasonable achievable goal and then increase that goal as you progress. One of my goals is to keep the calories burned equivalent to my distance; for example, one mile equals 100 calories. As I am steadily hitting this goal, I will then change my goal to running a 12 minute mile, then a 11 minute mile and thus forth.
Challenge yourself. Coach Yourself. Change yourself!
<3- Beneficial Becca