I’ve got a big confession to make. I hate the gym
… well I did.
Until I understood it. Until I realised it’s potential. It’s potential to make me smile and feel awesome.
If I’m honest, I still don’t like going to the gym by myself- I prefer having my personal trainer or gym buddy but yeah, I don’t like. Not something you think a gym fitness instructor would confess up to, right?
However, what I have come to realise is that when you don’t understand something, it is difficult to like it as it feels awkward and uncomfortable which leads to feeling embarrassed… and who wants to PAY to put themselves through that?
Tell me which one of these rings true for you:
– I believe that I should join a gym… that the joining of a gym in itself is a choice to be healthy and the only way to exercise
– I believe that if I spend an hour 3 times a week at the gym, I will lose weight
– I don’t know what to wear to the gym so I don’t look fat, stupid or clueless
– I don’t know how the machines work so I just get on the exercise bike and pedal for 20-30 minutes which is so boring
– I wouldn’t dream of going near the weights area as it is filled with bulky guys that grunt and groan and I don’t want to get all bulky anyway
All the above are common worries mummies have about going to the gym but mainly it boils down to:
1. I don’t know what to do and don’t want to look stupid
2. It doesn’t work anyway, I am just wasting my time and money (and babysitting credits!!) and I am still overweight
3. I get bored
4. I don’t want to be in pain the next day
5. I don’t want to look fat compared to everyone else
And do you know why you think this way… images like this:
These ‘fitspiration’ images all depict working out as a horrible, painful, degrading or showing bodies of fitness models that are completely unachievable or unsustainable or undesirable to most mummies.
Something that should hurt if it’s working or cause you pain.
We as mummies already have so much on our plates, restless nights, constantly dealing with tantrums, homework, food prep, school runs… why the hell would we want to feel pain to reach a completely unattainable and unnecessary way of life?
Well, this is not what fitness training is about. A good personal training and fitness instructor should help you expend effort without undue pain in the most effective way. No chance to get bored and only doing what is necessary to get you closer to your fitness and body shape goals.
I’m been working out for 4 days per week over the last 3 weeks and I have not been in pain. I’ve felt muscles or niggles I never had before but it feels good because I understand that I have asked more of my body and my muscles and am already feeling stronger in my everyday life. Getting in and out of the car, carrying shopping and just bending to pick up toys… I have no pain.
Life is getting easier as I get stronger.
This is why working out is good for mummies… it’s about getting stronger to be a better mummy.
And of course, it doesn’t hurt that you get a slimmer, toned and curvy body in the process!
Love Lisa xx