As summer kicks into full gear, bikini season rears its ugly head once again. The days of eating whatever I want without consequence have disappeared and as I struggle to find the balance between work and life, I’m also struggling to fit into the pants I wore a few years ago. With the rise of group fitness due to Gen Y, the gym seems like the most reasonable place for someone my age to visit when I started to harvest love handles.
I tried Just Dance 2 and failed so miserably at it that I couldn’t possibly use video games to lose the weight, I needed the gym. However, I hate the gym. I don’t want to stay there for more than 30 minutes at a time, and dread traveling there. I feel amazing when I leave, but finding the motivation is difficult when you barely have motivation to become an adult!
Here are some tips I’ve learned on how to not hate the gym:
It’s easy to make excuses not to go. Between work, school, dating, and any form of social life you have, being a Millennial is hard work. So make it as easy as possible to visit the gym, and plan ahead. Always a keep a gym bag and snacks with you so you can easily go before or after work without the excuse of “I don’t have my clothes,” or “I’m starving, I can’t go to the gym now.”
Buy adorable workout clothes
When I feel good about myself, I have more pride in everything that I do – including spending a few extra minutes looking good on the Stairmaster. By buying a wardrobe that’s fun and that makes you feel and look great, you’re going to be more inspired to slip it on and show off a little at the gym. Skip the Walmart cheap drab workout attire, and splurge on something from lululemon athletica – trust me, it’s worth it.
Find the hotties
I will shamelessly admit I pass most of my time people-watching at the gym. I’ve actually changed my workout schedule in order to go to the gym when the hottest guys show up (I’ve found it was 6-8 p.m., which may vary depending on your particular gym). If I spend the time imagining what the hot dude next to me on the treadmill does for a living, or starring at the endless full-sleeve tattoos, it takes my mind off of actually exerting effort. Just don’t stare too long! Creep alert.
Make it a game
I started using apps on my iPhone to track progress at my gym, and to encourage myself to attend. I desperately wanted the Gym Rat badge from foursquare, so I committed myself to attending for a certain amount of dates. I track my exercise in the Lose It! application on my phone. Having to physically type in all of the exercises I’ve done and all the “healthy” food I’ve eaten during the day is motivation enough to get to the gym and to put away that bag of cookies!
Attend a class
I’ve written about yoga (watch out for the farts), and my fellow TNGG’ers have written about the new fun fitness classes offered at local gyms or fitness facilities. There’s nothing like trying something new in order to excite your brain and work out new muscles. Mix up your instructors as well!
Make an amazing playlist
The times I forget my iPod at the gym are my worst workout sessions. If you ever doubt me, take out your earbuds for five minutes and listen to the terrible gym mix playing, and the grunts coming from the free-weights – it’s so distracting! Make a special playlist just for the gym, so the music stays fresh and exciting and reserved just for these special trips. Here are some ideas of what’s playing on my Summer ’11 gym playlist. No judging allowed – just sweating.
- This Addiction – Alkaline Trio
- Already Gone – Bayside
- Benson Hedges – Fun
- I Don’t Wanna Dance – Hey Monday
- Big Casino – Jimmy Eat World
- Blow – Ke$ha
- Firework – Katy Perry
- Judas – Lady Gaga
- Animal – Neon Trees
- For You and Your Denial – Yellowcard
- My First Kiss – 3OH!3
Any other gym rats have ideas for how to not get sick of fitness? Share them in the comments!