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Introduction: Start Going To The Gym Regularly
A lot of the time, we don’t feel like exercising. I think this is especially true in the colder months as well. All we want to do is curl up into a ball and binge out favorite shoes on Netflix. Going to the gym is often the furthest thing from our minds.
For me, in particular, I was always like that. I tried to go to the gym for appearance reasons but never stuck through longer than a few weeks. There was no “real” motivation.”
However, when I started to adopt a different mindset when going to the gym, I started going more often. When I researched the benefits of regular exercise, such as cardiovascular activity and strength training, I was intrigued.
Not only this but with starting to have an unhealthy lifestyle, I was feeling the effects of it. Climbing the stairs was getting hard!
I think that there are many more reasons to start going to the gym than appearance alone, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot more than just that. Here are a few reasons that I think are overlooked when you start going to the gym regularly and why I think they’re great.
5 Reasons To Start Going To The Gym Regularly
It helps you reach your goals
I know this might sound cheesy, but you’re already crushing your fitness goals when you do regular exercise. People often overlook that when you create a clear, consistent training schedule, it creates a discipline that often moves to other parts of your life.
I’ve found this to be the case for me, at least because I was much happier from the energy I received from going to the gym. It helped me do my side-business whilst working a full-time job because I felt I had the ability to handle my goals a lot easier when I was disciplined.
It improves your cardiovascular system
Engagement in regular aerobic activity (or more commonly known as cardio exercise) improves your overall heart and lung health, meaning those flights of stairs no longer becomes a problem.
I actually focus on cardio more than strength because I’m a runner. I completed a marathon in 2020, and trust me when climbing the stairs has drastically improved. This has helped me gain some confidence back in my health again.
It doesn’t take much to start
Compared to what you get out of it with your health, it’s a small price to pay.
You can make new friends
One thing I didn’t expect from the gym is to meet new friends. I’m not talking about walking up to a random stranger at the gym and saying hi (Unless, of course, that’s relevant!). What I’m talking about is getting involves with the gym community. Most gyms will have their own internal community where they set monthly challenges or have classes.
I found these to be great because everyone’s in it for the same reason and focused on their fitness goals. This camaraderie provides a great feeling of belonging in my experience and helps you reach your goals as a team, and you feel accountable when you update your gym friends with how you’ve been training lately.
It creates a routine around your life
Suppose you’re the type of person who, like me, when there’s not much going on in my life, I tend to float around and let life pass by—sort of like being in limbo.
By going to the gym and sticking to the schedule, you create a routine around your life, and things start to become less dull. And most importantly, it builds your discipline, which I’ve found to be a tough skill to obtain throughout my life.
It helps you lose weight
I had to add this one, not for the appearance perspective, but rather for your health. Obesity is still rampant on the rise, and with the ease of ordering food directly to our door from our phone now, it’s harder than ever to keep our weight in check.
Going to the gym regularly will help you lose calories, which helps you lose weight. Of course, you need to keep a clean diet to achieve this, which is another topic altogether. However, I’ve found that clean eating and going to the gym regularly come hand in hand for me, and I think eventually it will work for you too.
Going To The Gym Regularly: Conclusion
Going to the gym regularly is a lifestyle choice. No one can force you to go. However, if you’ve been dancing with the idea of starting to go to the gym, hopefully, these benefits often overlooked have helped convince you to get in on it.
Once you start regularly going to the gym, and it’s become a part of your routine, you’ll notice more behavioral changes in yourself from the confidence you’ve gained. Best of luck with your fitness journey should you wish to take it!