I Convinced Myself (to go to the gym)

How much effort do you typically put into convincing yourself to go exercise? What “techniques” do you use for that extra push? As January comes to a close, who has found his/her motivation faltering?

My gym history is far from stellar – the one time I actually belonged to a gym back in high school ended in complete failure as I only managed to go there a grand total of…seven times. So when the desire to join the local gym here in NYC suddenly hit me at the start of December, I took the plunge and registered. By some magical force, I’ve been continuously frequenting the gym about 5-6 times a week for the past few months!

yoga

Often times I find myself playing a mental mind game – the lazy devil wants to stay home while the exercise angel encourages me to hit the gym. Here are the top five reasons I remind myself of when the mind games begin (in no particular order):

1.) It will help me significantly improve my running – This is my #1 motivator, especially while I can’t run this entire month. I’ve known for years that cross-training is a crucial aspect of running success and I’m looking forward to seeing positive results.

2.) I’m paying a sh*tton of money for the membership – This is pretty straightforward…I need to get my money’s worth! Most people completely freak out when they learn how much I pay for my gym membership, but living in New York for a mere seven months quickly made me immune to the ridiculously inflated cost of everything. It really comes down to what you deem is “worth it” to spend money on, and the gym is worth the added cost for me…for now at least.

3.) It’s literally a 1-minute commute – Cold/rain/blizzards are no excuse to skip out! I can tolerate a minute of walking in any sort of weather, so that excuse is completely invalid.

4.) I love feeling the soreness/positive after-effects/endorphins from workouts – For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed lately and short workouts help stir up optimism. Similarly, sometimes when my couch seemingly has me glued down, I start thinking about that after-exercise burn in all my neglected muscles and it helps get me up and out the door.

5.) It’s only a short hour of my life – It’s not like I’m forcing myself to spend hours at the gym every single day. Dedicating a mere hour of my daily schedule (most classes are actually only 45 minutes with the exception of yoga) is a tiny price to pay for immense benefits.

cycling workout

I used almost all of these yesterday, and with a few minutes to spare I threw on my workout clothes and made it to an evening strength class. And this was after I dragged myself out of bed at 6AM that morning to attend a cycling class! You never regret a workout (or two), right?

How do you convince yourself to exercise? Any tricks or tips to share?

♥ Irina

8 Comments

  1. January 23, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Honestly, for me exercise has become such a habit that it’s not even something I think about anymore. I’m totally a routine sort of person, and I feel SO weird coming home from work and not immediately working out. Even yesterday I only got in a 20-minute run (I had a lot of other stuff planned, but my lunch and my stomach were at odds with each other, so I called it a day after stretching/foam rolling and planted myself in bed. Fortunately I’m all better now!), and when I was done with everything before 6:00 I was like, “Wait…what? I have so much TIME! I don’t understand!!” Haha. I think once you build it into your routine it becomes harder to skip a workout than get one in, especially when it’s so convenient!

    • January 27, 2014 / 8:57 pm

      Wow I’m jealous of this amazing habit you’ve acquired! How long would you say it took you to actually make it a habit? I think I finally made running a habit but then my shin injury came about and the streak ended (not by my choice obviously).

  2. January 23, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    I am with you on paying a ridiculous amount of money for a gym membership and wanting to get the most out of it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Oh, if you have a moment, I am hosting a giveaway 🙂

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    • January 27, 2014 / 8:58 pm

      Haha every day I skip out on the gym (day 3 and counting…dang shin pain!) I think about the money I lose. It’s crazy :/ Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway!

  3. January 23, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    That’s exactly how I feel about my gym membership! More than anything, I just want to make the most of something I’m paying a ridiculous amount of money for. I’ve found that going first thing in the morning is always best for me. Don’t get me wrong, I have a mental fight with myself every day when my alarm goes off but, once I’m there, it kicks off my day on an amazing note!

    I’m really happy to see that you’re using your membership! It definitely helps that it’s close- a long commute would make getting there nearly impossible.

    • January 27, 2014 / 9:01 pm

      I really need to take note from you and make it a morning habit! I’ve skipped out on the gym for three days already because everything seems to aggravate my shin, and of course it makes me feel horrible…mainly because I start thinking about $$$ (I know right…).

  4. January 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    I try to remember how I’ll feel after- that usually works!

    • January 27, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      Very very true! That’s a biggie as well, especially in the winter when I need those endorphins!