This post is going to be somewhat of an extension to my previous post about New Year’s resolutions. Lately, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of smack being talked about people who go to the gym within the first few weeks of the year. Apparently, regular gym-goers are not too thrilled that there are newbies on the machines who “don’t know anything about lifting”. Now, at my school, there are two relatively large fitness facilities on campus, plus a number of off-campus gyms that require a membership. I’m beginning to wonder why “resolutioners” are getting so much crap.
Sure, maybe they aren’t as experienced as the average frat star (many of whom, I’ve noticed, skip leg day too often. Sorry guys). And maybe this inexperience makes the newbies a little clumsy around the equipment. But why should they be bashed for trying their hardest?
I know how difficult it can be to make gym time a regular part of your routine, and it is equally as hard to get back in shape if one hasn’t worked out in a while. Along with that, I know that sometimes going to the gym, whether you’re in shape or not, can be challenging for some people because of self-confidence issues. I personally hate going to the gym because I’m constantly worried that everyone is looking at me, laughing at my struggle, watching every God-forsaken part of my body jiggle. Ugh. It just makes me want to stay in bed all day.
If anyone reading this knows me personally, you probably know that I have a lot of self-confidence and body image issues. Getting in shape has always been just this much out of reach for me, and naturally, going to the gym where everyone else seems to be in perfect shape is not something I’d want to do on my own.
But recently, I’ve adapted a healthier lifestyle, and while the thought of going to the gym still sends shudders down my spine, I have started working out at home through exercise videos (Blogilates, you’re the best). And through this, I have learned something: who gives a crap about your jiggle?
If you’re at the gym, sweaty and gross, jiggling all about (or not, perhaps you escaped the curse), out of breath, I want to say: HELL YEAH! Seriously. Be proud to jiggle. Be happy in knowing that you are pushing yourself to get better, even if you feel like you’re going to die.
Remember why you’re at the gym – maybe you want to fit into a cute dress, you want to run a 5k, or, like me, you finally want to start loving your body. And use that reason as a reminder whenever you feel like taking 3 rest days in a row.
Also, don’t listen to those people who complain about “resolutioners” clogging up the gym. You’re making a wonderful change in your life and you’re trying, what’s so bad about that?
I hope this sends some words of encouragement as winter continues, as I know it’s hard to continue the habit especially in the cold. I’m proud to jiggle and sweat, and I hope you are too.
Enjoy this video that inspired me to write this post.