It’s the beginning of January which means that my gym will be crowded with newbies desperately trying to lose the extra pounds that we all gained during Christmas time or decisively working on their New Year’s resolution. This post-holiday frenzy will last until about mid February. Then the crowd will disappear and the gym will be left with our old family of kettlebell lovers and bosu monkeys with a few new members, who not only meant it, but actually realized that gym is “their” place.
However, gym is not for everyone, and I will be honest with you. If you hate the gym environment, or you simply do not enjoy lifting weights or sweating in a BodyPump class with others, you will not reach your goal. You will break your New Year´s resolution sooner than my gym gets less crowded in February. You will not get more active. You will not lose weight, you will not get fit. Why? Because you will not enjoy yourself.
The great positive news is that there is about trillion other activities to choose from that you will end up doing with love and passion, have tons of fun, and become active, fit, slim, sexy and happy. As much as I love lifting weights, throwing weighted balls, balancing on bosu with vipr and bench-pressing, as much as gym is my second home, please, do not believe that you can only reach your dream body or fitness by paying an expensive membership in your local club. Instead, take a different direction and change your New Year’s resolution from “I will lose weight and become thin” to “I will have lots of fun trying new things and looking for activities that will make me happy and fit at the same time.”
Gather your family, call your friends and organize a day hike to the nearby national park where you’ve never been. Find a swimming pool in your area. Take up golf, start running, get a tennis instructor, join a dog training club with your hairy buddy. Walk around your city and explore new hidden spots with your camera, go with your gang to the mountains for weekend. You don’t ski? Ask a friend to teach you or organize a long walk with likeminded souls while others are riding down the hill.
My personal trainer in gym, Ugo the AllRounder (oh, I will tell you stories about him!) likes to remind me that it is all in mind. He is right, and it does not only apply to doing ten more push-ups. If you have the desire to be active, you can do so no matter whether you are on low budget, miss a training buddy or work full-time. The only really important thing is that whatever you do, you do with passion and love. And if you get to squeeze a few drops of sweat out of all the fun even better for you.
Thank you for reading. Have a great day and don’t forget to live it loud!