I hate working out in the traditional sense for so many reasons.
- I’m way too self-conscious. I go to the gym and worry if my shirt is riding up and showing off my glow-in-the-dark stomach. Or if that hot guy is checking me out, “How does my hair look? Am I turning red? Oh my god, what if he’s laughing at me?” So not productive.
- I’m way too competitive (my family will attest to this). Instead of focusing on doing what I need to do at the level I need to do it, I’m sneaking a peek at the girl on the treadmill next to me to see how fast she’s running. I can go faster than her! Or, that person just lifted 10 pounds on that machine. I’ll lift 15! Again, not productive and a good way to get injured.
- I lose motivation if no one is watching. Once I realize that the gym is not the best option for me (see above) I decide to get a couple workout videos and some weights and just work out at home. After a week or so, I start to wonder why Jillian Michaels won’t give me a break when I’m begging her to. Then I start cursing at her. And then, after a particularly long day at work, I decide to watch a little tv before working out. Before I know it, the weights are gathering dust in the corner, and my exercise plan has become a distant memory.
- I don’t really know where to start. I know I need to exercise but I don’t know which exercises will be the best for me. Or how many reps or sets to do. Or how long to run, or should I walk? Before I know it, I’ve got twelve different blogs open, all telling me different things, and I’m so overwhelmed that I decide to figure it out tomorrow. Or the next day. Or maybe next month after I’m done with that other thing.
I know I need to do more than think about working out to get the benefits of working out. Thinking about a run through the park is not going to get my heart rate up. Considering doing some crunches is not going to get me flat abs.
Logically, I know that working out is going to make me feel better and look better, but how do I start? If all my previous attempts have failed, how do I pick myself up yet again and succeed this time? Or the next time? Or the time after that?
If any of this sounds like something you’ve thought or said or had nightmares about, you’re not alone! I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. But I have been struggling with this problem for years and have figured out a lot of the dos and don’ts the hard way so you can learn them the easy way.Continue Reading