…With the gym!
Okay, slight ‘clickbait’ going on here…but hey, seeing as you’ve popped over here, why don’t you stick around for a while and read this weeks blog post anyway?
I can’t really believe that I’m sat here writing a blog post about the gym, me…Megan Taylor…and the gym in the same sentence? Surely not! Well I’m proud to say that I’ve officially been a gym goer for 2 months now. I wanted to write this blog when I had ‘earned’ the title of a gym goer, I didn’t want to start going to the gym for a week and then publicise it and then give it up (as I’m sure a lot of people would think I would). But I’ve proved not only others wrong, but more importantly, myself. I’ve been going fairly consistently, without any strict regime, just gym-ing intuitively, as and when I feel like I want to.
As someone who hates running, I thought that I’d never fall in love with the gym…and in someways I haven’t, there are some days where I have to really make myself go, after I’ve had a long day at work, the last thing I feel like is getting changed and jumping onto the treadmill. But what I’ve learnt is that you never regret a gym session, you never regret doing exercise, even if it’s only 25 minutes…it’s better than doing nothing. Gym-ing really does improve how I feel both mentally and physically so much, it’s helped me eat treats without the guilt, feel proud of myself and feel generally more energetic and healthy.
Seeing as I plan my blog posts ahead, I set myself the target of going to my first gym class before I wrote this blog, and I did it! I went to a ‘legs bums and tums’ class with my bestie, Bea. It was actually pretty tough, a lot tougher than I thought, but I felt so great after and I was so proud of both of us for going, I’ll definitely be going to that class again and hopefully trying out some other ones too! Unfortunately Bea leaves for France really soon so I’ll have to find the courage within me to go to classes on my own, but I’m determined to do so, that’s the next goal!
What’s exciting is that I’m starting to see some changes in my body, nothing major, because quite honestly I’ve totally stopped counting calories or avoiding certain foods. Before joining the gym I would weigh myself everyday and get SO very down if I gained any weight, so when I joined the gym I decided to get rid of the scales because they brought me nothing but misery unless I was losing weight everyday! I knew that once I joined the gym and started gaining some muscle I’d no doubt gain weight, even if I appeared more toned on the outside, I didn’t want my hard work and effort to go to waste and to let my progress be defined by a number on the scales, I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did that. I have absolutely no idea how much I weigh right now but I’m sure it’s more than I did before joining the gym, but who cares? I feel so much happier in myself because I know that I eat well 90% of the time, I exercise to look after my body…and I’m not going to let scales undermine that!
I generally go to the gym for about an hour, maybe more some days and maybe less on others…like I say I keep it really relaxed and intuitive. I like to start with 20-25 mins of cardio to get myself nice and warmed up, either a fast inclined walk, or a bit of the cross trainer, or the stair master (this machine is a killer). After I’m nice and warmed up I’ll do some form of weight exercises, then maybe a youtube workout and then lots of stretching at the end!
I thought I’d share some of the other things that I’ve learnt since joining the gym;
- Going to the gym with a friend is so much more fun and helps with motivation. There has been lots of times where myself and Bea have encouraged one another to go to the gym, when one of us really didn’t want to. It’s so good to have someone to encourage you and take you there, it keeps you accountable and gives you that extra bit of confidence in the gym too!
- You do not have to go to the gym every day to make a difference. Generally I try to go to the gym 3-4 times a week; but if one day I don’t feel like it, or I have plans or out of town? So what! Life happens and I go to the gym because I want to, not because I have to. I also think that going from never going to the gym at all, to going 3+ times a week, is amazing and certainly makes a positive difference to my body. I’ve been really relaxed with myself and I think that’s part of the reason why I’ve kept up going to the gym, because I’ve not put loads of pressure on myself.
- I love the achey feeling from exercise! Whilst it can be a bit painful, I’ve learned to love the feeling, it means I worked hard and it’s done something to my body…how exciting!
- You don’t have to run on the tredmill for hours to see differences. I’m really not a runner, I wish I was. I would love nothing more than to really enjoy running, to be able to run for a long period of time…but it’s just not me! I’ve learned to accept that (the same can’t be said for Mat unfortunately, I think he still lives in hope that one day I’ll become a runner). I find that I prefer walking fast and at an incline, it works my body just as well and I enjoy it so much more, and the gym is to be enjoyed!
- No one cares about you at the gym. I was so ridiculously fearful about going to the gym alone initially, I was so worried about people watching me try to work out the weight machines, or struggling running on the treadmill. I’ve learned that no one cares, everyones too busy looking at themselves and thinking about what they’re doing at the gym to care about what you’re doing…and if they are looking at you thinking negative things, then that’s their problem, not yours!
So yeah, whilst I’m in no way Grace Fit UK, nor have I seen HUGE changes to my body, I’m living my life eating yummy foods but also working out to make my feel good inside, I’m seeing slow changes to the way my body looks and it’s really motivating, but that’s not the soul reason why I go, it’s just an added bonus that I’m seeing positive changes to the way I look.
I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a bit more about me and my relationship with the gym, if you relate to me before joining the gym, I really hope I’ve shown you that you can do it too. I can also invite people to my gym with me totally free so if you want to come to the gym with me to get rid of a bit of gym fear/just want a gym buddy…send me a message!
Until next time,