I'm honestly not sure what my relationship is with working out.... I'm extremely socially motivated, so for the last couple years I've found ways to bring some positive peer pressure into my life. In college I took a running class. After I graduated, I trained for races with friends. I recruited others to start a workout program with me, or take cycling classes.
In this current season, I don't have that type of workout community to rely on, and it has been very difficult to push myself to go to the gym.
But one of my 2017 resolutions is to take responsibility for my life. And this year, that means forcing myself to exercise, even if I'm alone.
I belong to a small, neighborhood gym that I can walk to from my apartment, which is great, but unfortunately it doesn't offer many exercise classes. So I have to come up with workout plans on my own.
The other day I was feeling discouraged about how I felt in my body, mostly because I had not worked out in quite some time. I knew what I needed was a good sweat, but it was all I could do to throw on a baggy college t-shirt and some leggings and drag myself to the gym. I hopped on the treadmill to try running, but was quickly out of breath. I walked for a little bit, buying time to figure out what kind of exercises I would do.
I hate wandering around the gym without a plan. It makes me insecure, like I look like I don't know what I'm doing, and I get very tempted to just quit and come back next week with a game plan. I snuck glances at what machines other people were using, getting more discouraged by the minute.
Then I remembered a post I'd seen from another blogger on a simple Pinterest workout. While walking on an incline, I opened my phone to her blog and saved a screenshot to my phone, and headed over to the stretching area to do my bodyweight exercises.
The workout kicked my butt (probably because I hadn't exercised in a month). I barely finished three rounds, but I also tweaked it a little bit, replacing some exercises I didn't like with some of my favorite exercises.
I made a little graphic for you guys to save to your own phone and keep on hand for the next time you show up to the gym and need a simple plan. For most of these, I added kettlebells to increase the intensity, but do whatever you need. I recommend moving through the whole set as quickly as you can to get your heart rate up, and then take a short 1-2 minute break in between.
I wanted to share this with you because...
- Sometimes it feels like everyone else in the world is intensely motivated and driven and perfect, and it makes me feel like WHAT'S THE POINT I'LL NEVER BE LIKE THAT. Here's some camaraderie on being an imperfect exerciser.
- Maybe you'll read this and think about it the next time at the gym and find some motivation to stick it out with your workout