I have a horrible feeling that I am hurtling towards becoming one of the people I used to get really frustrated with – the New Year’s Resolutionist at the gym. You know, the people who join shortly after New Year, pack out the gym at all times of the day, and you can forget trying to get to your regular class schedule.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all up for improvement (and I do love a Game of Thrones meme). I’m not one to judge, I know, but I do remember the frustration at not being able to get into my normal classes in times gone by. However, I know that I am not going to get the chance to do anything in November or December because of other existing commitments, which means that I am going to be one of those people who joins in January.
I’ve got to thinking about the gym a bit lately. I know that weight loss is more about what you put in compared with what you do, but there are other benefits that I have come to miss. I miss structured classes with other people. Kettlebells at home is all well and good, but I miss an instructor kicking my bum to make sure I finish, the peer pressure, the “turn up and follow” mentality. I miss the silent competition of spinning. The satisfaction of hardly being able to walk after a hard spinning or kettlebell class, of getting into a pose easier in yoga. Some reflection time has really shown me that mentally, I was in a better place when I was going to the gym (okay, I was also going to Slimming World at the same time, but I don’t feel I need to go back yet). My ability to cope with stress was much better without doubt.
I have a feeling I might be looking at this all with rose-tinted glasses, but I’ve tried to be objective. I even looked back at my post last year on giving up the gym. The minimum sign up is 6 months. If I can’t make it stick in 6 months, then I’ll break away again.
So brace yourselves Gym Goers… this New Year’s Resolutionist has plans!
Are you gym lover or gym hater?