We all have our excuses for why we do not exercise as much as we probably should.
There is always a reason for why we didn’t make it to the gym today or why we decided to wait until tomorrow to sign up for a membership. A few commonly used excuses are having not enough time, being old, and finding no enjoyment in the exercise. We all are aware that exercise is essential to the human body, but we so easily choose not to do it. What is your reason?
Throughout the past few years of experience as a personal trainer, there has been one excuse that has become a very frequently heard justification for why one does not exercise. This excuse is a very simple one; “I don’t know what to do.” Here we will discuss ideas and strategies that may as intended, assist one who avoids exercise for the reason of being unsure of what to actually physically do in the exercise setting. Where do we go when we want to get in shape? The Gym! But, for those who do not know how to exercise, the gym can be a very intimidating place. If we listen, we can hear the sound of weights slamming and people grunting. Look around, and we’ll see some impressive, appealing physiques. The smell of sweat and hard work fills the locker room. Being in this space, while not knowing what to do, easily causes us to feel inferior. It doesn’t feel good to be in a situation in which we think we are the only one who doesn’t know what to do. This intimidation factor keeps many of us from ever finding our way back to the gym. It is because we feel unsafe that we don’t bring ourselves back to that space. So, how are we going to get past the intimidation and feel comfortable exercising?
Well, we must first know that the act of simply “Showing up” is an act of courage in itself.
It takes strength (not the muscle kind) to show up to the gym in this situation. If we just decide to consistently show up to the gym, we will eventually learn what we need to learn about exercise. We may not have the answer now, but if we want to learn, we have to SHOW UP. So, now we’re in the gym, and it’s time to work out (with no idea how). Having this lost feeling in the gym will frustrate the ego. That little voice in our head will tell us to go home. With that being said, when it comes time to exercise, it also comes time to separate from ego. When we dethatch from comparing ourselves to others and caring about what others think of us, it no longer matters what we know or don’t know. All that matters is that we showed up!
Let’s look more practically at how we can educate ourselves on how to exercise.
First, there are plenty of gyms all around us that are filled with people who are knowledgeable sources. For those who learn best when working with another person, hiring a personal trainer would be very beneficial. If we wanted to, we could find a personal trainer in under five minutes. To find the right trainer, a little research is all that is required. For example, we can find yelp reviews or we can go down to the gym and ask around about its personal trainers. In most gyms, with a membership comes a free session with a trainer. We should take full advantage of that time and learn as much as we can. It might be a good idea to pick the trainer’s brain for any answers we are looking for. He or she will be more than happy to help guide one in need of direction in the gym. For those who are visual learners, the strategies for learning what to do in the gym are endless. Through apps like YouTube and Instagram, the rapid growth in technology has given us all of the visual information we need when it comes to exercise. The content is out there, and it is all free! There are Instagram accounts that are dedicated to exercise instruction. There are YouTube channels with hundreds of videos containing in-depth explanations of exercise. We can research and study this material, and we can actually bring our phone into the gym and follow a designed routine with visual demonstrations. Learning how to exercise can also be done outside the gym setting through exercise videos such as P90X and Insanity. This can be done right in the living room. How do you like to learn? We are surrounded by ways to educate ourselves on exercise. The approach doesn’t matter, as long as we choose to learn.
In conclusion, not knowing what to do in the gym is an opportunity to learn and grow.
While learning how to exercise practically, a deeper connection to one’s body will be discovered. The importance and significance of exercise in our lives is no secret. Exercise is good for us. For that reason alone, we must not allow ourselves to feel inferior in the gym. The fitness model that walks by with the ideal physique started somewhere too. Everyone has their path, and we cannot compare ourselves. In those cases, when the ego gets in the way, let’s try to remember why we are there in the first place; to improve our overall well-being. So, instead of worrying that we won’t achieve the body we want, let’s find the courage to ask that fitness model for exercise advice. With the continuous decision to show up to the exercise setting, we will create the opportunities that will teach us how to take part in it.