Listen to Julie Andrews even if she thinks the hills are alive
Let’s start at the very beginning. When you read you begin with ABC and Julie Andrews is so on the money. A very good place to start. Sit down, have a cuppa (no biccies) and think about what you want from a gym and jott it down. You enter a world of possibility with just paper and pen.
Fitness – obvs.
Weight Loss – no shit Sherlock?
Friends – interesting….
A relationship – these things happen right?
Abs of steel, bikini body, somewhere to de-stress, create a positive energy, find a hunk of burning love, wowzer the list is endless!?
Looking in a mirror, mentally listing the problem areas and trying to combat them with the gym is harbouring negativity. Writing down all the benefits of the gym will reinforce positivity, make it real and give you focus and drive. Julie thought Raindrops on Roses were her favourite things but we ain’t no Nuns! We want buns of steel! When the dog bites and bee stings we can simply remember our ‘Favourite things’, get off the sofa, down the gym and we honestly will not feel so bad. Schnitzel with Noodles sounds good though. That can stay.
The Sound of Music
Create a playlist of inspiring tunes that will keep you training hard. There is nothing worse than being stopped in your tracks by a slow tune or – from experience – Paul McKenna trying to ‘Think Yourself Thin’ whilst running on a treadmill as it proves dangerous to close your eyes and imagine you are on a beach. Not waves lapping at your feet – no that will be the blood dripping from a head wound. A study by Brunel University found listening to music can increase endurance by 15%. It has to be music at 120-140 beats per minute for maximum effect but my studies show (scientifically un-proven) if you like it – listen to it! Music can raise you up Westlife styleeee meaning you train harder and longer. Personal faves to throw in the mix are the Rocky theme tune or obvs the JLS classic Club is Alive. #farsolatido
Climb Ev-ry Mountain
Set yourself a goal giving meaning and purpose to your gym sessions. It does not have to be to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro but it does tie in rather well with the whole Sound of Music thang going on here so if you would be so kind…… No? Ok try a 10K race. Triathlons, Ultrathons, Dualthons, marathons. #anython.
16 going on 17
As we have left our teenage years behind (some of us a long time ago!!) what better motivation of getting in that gym is the fact that exercise can help you look younger! Exercise has been proven by many clever scientific peeps in coats to have bucket loads of anti-aging benefits – improve brain function, maintain muscle mass, strengthen bones, improve balance and stability and basically make you look and feel younger. #olderandwiser
I Have Confidence
Own your energy and feel confident from the moment you step foot in that gym. Gym clothing is anything but Fifty Shades of Grey. Wear clothing that gives you confidence in your workout and makes you feel good. The gym should not be a chore – embrace it and each month reward yourself for your fabulous efforts not with cake but with a Mesh With Me Tank from Lululemon or a bright pink Shock Absorber sports bra from LessBounce.com.
When I started writing this feature I was thinking of a Fifty Shades of Grey theme as I do like a theme (in case you didn’t notice!!). I was brain storming ideas like submitting to the gym, enjoying the Red Room of pain, no pain-no gain, fantasising about your own Christian Grey to improve stamina in the gym and the bedroom and obviously wear anything but 50 Shades of Grey with the fabulous gym attire out there. Says something about me when it ends up being The Sounds of Music.
So Long, Farewell. INPO x