Consequently, gym memberships go up in the month January.
As do the angst from the regulars.
Now before you write this off as a holier-than-thou blog post, let me just say I get the angst. Shoot, I feel and experience the same frustrations for I too am a creature of habit. Don't believe me? Please ask my bride. She will tell you.
Some of this angst is warranted. For the most part, a good number of people give up quickly. If they last a month, that's longer than they did the year before.
The regulars get frustrated because they can't get on a treadmill as quickly or easily as
Plus, newbies don't look like they belong because they are out of shape. (Well, DUH!!!)
Well, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: we were all newbies at one point.
We all started somewhere. Everyone of us all had the 'first day on the rest of our lives.'
Think about your journey for a moment. Think about how hard it was to going, to remain consistent and confident in the early stages. Think about all those who encouraged along the way, helping you push through that once-tough workout which you can now breeze through.
How about instead of getting frustrated we pass some of that encouragement on? Maybe a reason why people give up on their fitness resolutions so soon is because they feel out of place. A word of encouragement here and there can help erase some of those newbie fears.
Yes, this might mean it will take us a little longer to hop on our favorite treadmill or elliptical machine. But wouldn't the world be a better place if more people were fit and worked out?