Love it or hate it, the gym can certainly throw up a range of emotions when brought into discussion.
Confusing equipment, baffling etiquette and difficult programmes are just some of the reasons people avoid this public space, but if you’re looking to be inspired and motivated, then you need look no further.
Yes it can be hot, stuffy and smelly, but it can also be exactly what you need in order to keep track of your goals.
Why? Let us count the ways!
1. It’s chock-full of people working towards a goal
Whether it’s weight, strength or spiritually related, every person is there because they’re seeking something and won't stop until it's theirs.
Use their energy to encourage yourself when you feel like you're starting to slip...physically or mentally!
2. It’s chock-full of people paid to help you
You’re not going to get much sympathy from passers-by when you’re struggling during a run, but trainers are there to help and motivate you.
Any instructor worth their salt will be only too happy to share their expertise and guide you towards your goal, so make use of them!
3. It’s chock-full of gym bunnies who are your new fitspiration
It’s normal to feel jealous of people who have the body you want, but turn your negative into a positive by using them as your inspiration!
Yes, their tum is toned and their legs are lithe, but they got that by working out, not by standing around staring at other people. Hop to it!
4. It’s chock-full of incredible equipment
It can be daunting beyond belief when you attempt to use a machine for the first time and can’t make head nor tail of it, so it’s important you get a trainer to give you a run-through of how everything works.
Third day and you’ve forgotten it all again? So what, ask again! We’ve enough on our minds, it’s OK to forget!
5. It’s chock-full of people who relate to you
See that girl with the perfect figure wincing in pain or that beefy guy bent double on the treadmill? They’re no different to you and you’re no different to them.
They just started their journey earlier.