How to get going again!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

So I have a new trick. And not the "Hey, lemme get your number so we can do this again sometime" kind.

This summer my schedule was wacky, and while I kept up with running and swimming pretty often, I had a hard time getting into an actual gym. We all know once you break the gym schedule, it takes a LOT of momentum to get yourself back in. I've had my very expensive University recreation membership since mid-August, and in mid-September--while I had been running several times that month--I still had yet to go to the facilities.

I decided to try something new. I really hate flaking on appointments, and feel huge amounts of guilt in doing so. However, I also like to do my own thing at the gym, so a regular gym buddy might get annoying. Last week I started texting chunks of people in my phone around 7am Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings to say I'd be at the gym around 5 if they wanted to join me. Rather than make a set appointment, I left the door open. Then when I got home from school, I was motivated to quickly get to the gym in case someone showed up and was waiting for me. Its worked so far. Every day someone has been there at the gym when I got there, but most importantly, I've gotten to the gym. If there's a day when no one shows up--even better--I can do my workout in peace and jam out to my AMAZING three new workout mixes (one for cool-off/warm-up, one for high gear, and one for the strength/lifting stuff)!

This won't work for EVERYONE but it does work for me because of the strong social guilt component!
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    That's a great idea, Phil. I have been taking advantage of the fabulous weather and hiking almost every day, but my strength training is practically non-existent! I need to do something to get my gelatinous abs back on the machines!!
    4210 days ago
    Thanks for the good idea! Though I don't have a gym membership, I may try that on our housing complex' community web page, inviting people who are interested in running or parkour related exercise to meet up at one of our nearby parks. Thanks again for the thought.
    4210 days ago
  • BIGGIRL2082010
    That's an AWESOME motivator! Congratulations on thinking that one up - I, too, feel the need for isolation and the warring desire for company! What a sneaky way to leave yourself an out, and yet NOT! :) And I bet those text messages have been good for your friends as an unexpected motivator, too! :)

    You are downright BRILLIANT!

    PS: If that pic is any indication of the eye-candy at your gym, you have more than enough motivation right there. :)
    4210 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2008 9:29:02 AM
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