Monday, January 14, 2013

Motivation Monday: The Best Way to Ensure You'll Hit the Gym Consistently

Two weeks into the new year, how are those 2013 resolutions going?

Mine?  Eh.  I'm still not getting up consistently at 7am on workdays.  It's a challenge.  But I am consistently hitting the gym and exercising.  I've said it time and again, that's the one thing I won't sacrifice.  I don't go to a therapist.  I exercise.

I've been a gym goer for more than 20 years and I've learned what works and what doesn't.  The number one secret to getting to the gym consistently?  It's not the hot trainer which can be motivation on certain days, let's be honest.  It's a matter of picking one that is close to you. 

It's as simple as that. 

I belong to a gym that is pricey by Dallas standards.  Sure, it has the most cutting edge classes I've ever experienced, is super clean and has a wonderful, caring daycare staff but it's expensive.   I've even resigned my membership because I felt it cost too much only to return.  Why?  Because it is literally three minutes from my house.  I pay almost $150 a month but I go at least five times a week because I have no excuse not to do so.

This can work for you, too, when choosing a fitness center. 

The proximity to your house eliminates the excuse of  "there's not enough time in the day".  Sunday I had literally 35 minutes to exercise.  I was able to drive to the gym, check Jordan into daycare, get in a a great running workout and drive back home in all of 45 minutes.  I can leave five minutes before a class and be there with a minute or two to spare.

If you have to drive even 10-15 minutes to the gym (which, be honest, can stretch to 20) it's so easy to say "I don't have time the time.  It's an extra 20 minutes round trip.  I could sleep an extra half hour or spend time with my kid.  Blah blah blah."  I know because I've done that.  I commuted 15-20 minutes each way to my gym when I worked in Knoxville.  Perhaps not by coincidence, I was close to 200 pounds.

Over the years, I've jumped around, belonging to five different gyms in DFW alone.  But the location of my current facility is so central that it has withstood my last three moves.

If you're still pretty far from a gym because of where you live, you can always walk, run, jump rope do yoga or pilates for exercise.  If it's too cold or hot outside, try my quickie workout.  Heck, I've found out that playing hide and seek with a little one for half an hour is great exercise.

Back to the choice of a gym.  Trust me on this.  Join a gym close to you.  It will at least put you one step closer to using it consistently and on the path to rocking your weight loss resolution in 2013.
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