Post # 1
When Darling Husband & I moved here, we signed up for a membership at Planet Fitness. I like the actual gym, but I have the HARDEST time making myself go. We said initially that we would go monday-friday, then rest on the weekends. Darling Husband hasn’t been going, but he also works, I don’t work.. so I really have no excuse.
I’ve always wanted to run, but I just can’t run that long on the treadmill. The ellipticals don’t feel like they do anything for me. We’re still new here, so I don’t have any friends to go with. :- Darling Husband & I went together a few mornings, but when he’s too tired to go, I don’t want to go. It’s a cycle.
So bees, how did you get motivated when you first started going to the gym? What machines/workouts did you start yourself out on?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
have you turned up the resistance on the elliptical?
I told myself when I was in school that the gym was the only place I could read for pleasure. I was there for at least an hour a day reading on the elliptical and lost 7 lbs
Post # 4
It sounds like you suffer from cardio ADD, a very common condition. Try making yourself a great workout mix and cycling through the machines (5 min treadmill, 5 mins arc trainer, 5 mins stair stepper etc). I also watch my favorite shows on my phone when I am going through the motions (or reading these boards) it really helps time fly. As far as motivation for you to actually go, I suggest you deny yourself things you enjoy and use them as rewards for making it to the gym (not getting your favorite 0 calorie soda until you go, no smoothie etc). Good luck, once you get into the routine it will be easier!
Post # 5
try taking some classes if they have them
I worked out religiously and even had a personal trainer at one point but when I started taking body pump & yoga, that’s when I started to love the gym and look forward to going. You might even make some new friends that way, too.
Post # 6
@MeiFrancis: I have, but my legs never feel like they got any workout once I’m off of it. :-
@Loves a Fire: There are tv’s there too that I can watch while on cardio machines, getting myself out of the house to actually GO is the hardest part for me
Post # 7
@dlbaqua: Unfortunately, they don’t have any yoga classes or anything like that. :- I haven’t tried any of the arm/leg/cardio sessions they have either
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@roweboat: I usually put it on level 10 or 11. If they have any inclined ones try those too
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Drinking coffee 45-60 minutes before I want to go work out REALLY helps me. Studies show that it increases your endurance and cardio level of exercise, too. If you’re a caffeine drinker, try it.
Something else that’s worked for me in the past is to make a mental rule that if I”m on the fence about going to work out, then I GO. PERIOD. If I feel awful or super tired or I just simply don’t have time, I don’t. But if I find myself thinking, “I should probably go work out…” then BOOM, I know I have to. Somehow having that hard and fast rule has helped.
I second the suggestion to go to a class. That way you’re committed for the full 45 or 60 minutes, and it’s more fun/interactive than just being on a treadmill.
Post # 10
@lolot: The caffeine idea might help me. i don’t drink coffee everyday, but I usually drink it if I have a lot of stuff to get done. I think I have just settled into a mild depresion/laziness where I just don’t feel like doing ANYTHING.
Post # 11
If Im just doing cardio, I NEEEEEEED really good music to motivate me…
Aside from that, does your gym offer any classes? Spinning is fun.. or maybe a zumba or dance class… And the plus of that is that maybe you can meet friends from the class too and make it a routine to work out together regularly!
Post # 12
When I started working out, I had signed up at Curves and would go right after classes were out. I had my clothes always packed in the car and would drive straight there…sometimes I would be fighting with myself in my mind that I didn’t feel like going, but once I was in there working out I felt good and 30 minutes later, I was done and felt accomplished!
Post # 13
Try couch to 5k! You don’t have to be good or even okay at running when you start. It helps that I know when I am going to the gym I have a wider range of machines to chose from (although if I am 100% honest I only use the treadmill and elliptical machine!).
Like a PP mentioned, I deny myself things I enjoy unless I work out. In my case, days I work out I get to use a bath bomb 🙂
Post # 14
I feel like it helps a lot to have a bag packed a ready. For me, getting ready is one of the biggest battles, so I keep a bag right by the door so that when I want to go, I’m ready and no excuses about it can be made.
Also, classes are a HUGE motivator for a couple of reasons. Firstly, motivation in a social context is often more extreme than motivation by yourself. I sense that you don’t like to go to the gym alone, and having classes really makes the experience more social and interactive than just running on a machine alone for an hour.
I’m just now getting started with my work-out routine, but I’m also pumped because there is a sauna, so I can use my gym time as my “me time” and relax after I’m done.
Post # 15
I was in the same boat…I had the membership and the WANT to go, but I couldn’t make myself go. I finally gave up and signed up with a personal trainer. Since I’m paying a lot more for her than I am my gym membership, I am more motivated to go. Plus, she knows what she’s doing when I don’t, so it’s a win-win. When I first got my membership and started going, I was working out blind. I didn’t know what I was doing so I just did a little bit of everything. I never saw results. Now, with the trainer, I’m eating better and seeing results. If it’s an option for your budget, I’d definitely recommend it.
Post # 16
At PF, I actually really like the 30-min circuit. You can do a lot of good cardio in the minute on the steps and to me it’s more entertaining than slogging away on any one machine. Usually within the first couple minutes you get into the groove and it’s not so bad being there.