Designing workout programs can always lead to better outcomes when we pause and look around us and look at ourselves. I was running errands today and passed by a local gym. The parking lot was full and people were in their exercise clothes heading into the gym to get a workout. This made me reflect on times that I’ve joined a new gym.
Joining a gym brings this wonderful feeling of hope…
- I’m going to lose that extra 15-20 pounds.
- My arms won’t be flabby anymore.
- I’ll look awesome in that dress.
- I’m finally getting my blood sugar balanced.
- I’ll look good, people will notice and say “Did you lose some weight?”
And at the same time, we can also tell ourselves a lot of stories…
- I’m going to the gym 5 days a week, immediately following work.
- 1 hour on the treadmill every day will do it!
- And salads everyday for lunch and dinner to support my exercise.
The thing I find most interesting is the difference between the hopeful feeling we have before we join the gym and then what happens after we join the gym. We can be so inspired when we first sign up that we lose sight of how we’re going to make any of these things happen. Before we know it, it has been 6 months and we notice the monthly charge on our credit card statement, reminding us how often we DON’T go to the gym.
I’ve had this happen to me many a time. Sometimes I get real energized and decide that I’m going to try it again. Make some new pledges to myself and this time, make it happen. There have also been the times I simply got sick of wasting my money and decided to find another solution.
Those I know who are successful, have a plan that is customized for them.
Here are some examples:
Cheryl loves salsa dancing. She found a dance class with an energizing instructor. Now she moves around everything on her schedule to make sure she can attend.
Daria significantly increased her amount of walking by walking to her errands. She walks to the grocery store and to get her morning coffee. She regularly gets 8,000 to 10,000 steps every day.
Teresa hired a nutritional consultant to help her enjoy her food choices while losing 15 pounds. She also has gotten her family to eat more vegetables which makes her feel good about how her children are eating.
The common thread is
Do things you like
Do things that you know will get the result you want
Do things that are sustainable