Contrary to popular belief, harder, faster and longer is not always the answer to success in your wellness journey. Does that sound like music to your ears? Did you know that according to research done at Statistic Brain Research Institute 67% of gym members do not use the gym at all. This is for many various reasons, however we know that one reason members might not return to the gym is for reasons that may not be as obvious as finances or time. Time and time again members will not return because of intimidation. Intimidation can come in many forms as personal as being overwhelmed by other members appearance, workouts that are too hard or frustration from slow or no results. Simply knowing you are not alone could be motivation enough to get in and workout. What one perceives to be inspirational another may perceive to be intimidating. Some main ingredients to your success toward your goals are community, accountability & level specific programming.
Here are a few more tips to get you closer to fitness center harmony.
1. Make Friends. People are everywhere in the gym. Start up a conversation in the locker room, on the treadmill or show up early to a group class. Sometimes others are having the same exact feelings as you are. You never know until you break that first awkward barrier of ice what you might have in common. A person's story is not written on their face, their body or ability. Getting to know one another is the beginning of a supportive community. You are missed when you are not there which is the most flattering form of accountability.
2. Hire a trainer or Join group a training challenge. It's important to work with someone who knows your level and can appropriately get you started and progress your advancement according to your growing abilities. Personal or group training programs are sometimes more affordable than you might think these days!
3. Patience is key when starting a new habit. Just like we all want to get rich quick and find shortcuts, unfortunately true wealth and health don't work like that. Developing that long term mentality and owning an agenda of longevity will make this journey an evolving adventure rather than a fling.