One of the most daunting tasks on the road to good health is continuity and motivation in exercise. Taking the first step towards fitness and the discipline to go to the gym 5-6 days per week is difficult for many people. Fear of the unknown, the effort of moving, soreness and stiffness are some of the best excuses not to go to the gym. But if you don’t work out, you will be sore and stiff anyway. So why not get moving, be a little sore AND get healthy?!
The human body is an amazing but adaptable entity. GERD sufferers are accustomed to living in physical pain and even unaware of the pain for years. If you are not used to working out, your body (in its amazing adaptability!) accepts inertia as the norm. Our job as wellness warriors is to get going and make new patterns of wellness habits.
Find the inner strength to get the courage and go. Just show up at the gym and do something. Anything. You will find that once you are there, it is easier to find the motivation to return the next day.
But what about all that equipment and all those people who seem to know what they are doing?
This is why you need a personal trainer. Maybe just for the beginning of this journey. They guide and support you.
As women, we face a deep problem that lies in our role as the family “manager”. We have a tendency to not reserve any time for a workout. This is a classic dog-chasing-its-own-tail syndrome. A lot of us have children. We take care of them, we cook, we work full-time , we spend time at night with the family, the kids go to sleep, we fall into bed exhausted and this loop continues for YEARS. See, no time for a workout. Wrong! The family has adjusted to us being there all the time. And the pounds add up yearly without much notice. Really? I think I noticed that I was gradually going up in pant sizes but chose to ignore it. This extra weight exacerbates GERD symptoms. So, how to get that first move towards health and getting off the couch?
I read a book once where an über mom wrote “if the only way you can go to the gym is to get up at 4:30 AM and go while the family sleeps, then do it”. Let’s be honest! I think that few women out in the mom trenches can keep up that brutal of a routine. This post is about you getting on a road. The first step on the road to wellness.
Find a gym, any gym that appeals to you and is close to your home or place of work. Go talk to the head personal trainer. See if you feel comfortable. Meet some of the trainers. Tell the trainer that you have a time problem and can’t seem to get to the gym. Tell her you have a motivation problem and can’t seem to get to the gym. She will help you with that first step.
Working with a personal trainers does not have to be an every day commitment or even a weekly session. I was financially challenged when first diagnosed and got the courage to go to the head trainer of a local club. He worked with me for a few sessions and then wrote out 3 workouts for me to rotate through each week, planning on 6 days per week. I did those same workouts for three months without a trainer, lost a lot of weight and then hired him again to go through 3 more workouts and write them down for me.
If you feel you can’t have some personal training due to cost, I want you to do the math on what the cost is per day of these “non-essentials”.
Diet coke $1.69
Protein or granola bar $1.00-$2.50
Candy bar $1.19
Quality chocolate bar $2.99-$4.50
Glass of wine from a $10 bottle $2.50
The cost of a gym membership is different around the country. I randomly called Boston, Austin, Boise ID and Davenport IA. The average gym membership cost is $39-$49 each month. Sometimes there are enrollment fees, sometimes not.
The average cost of a gym is about $1.50 per day.
Personal training also varies but you can count on about $30 per 30”.
A monthly diet coke bill or a gym membership?
A doughnut or some personal training?
It gets down to priorities. Do you want to get well? Yes!
I was lucky and had a wonderful trainer that I stayed with for 4 years. He helped me understand that continuity and commitment would keep my health in check. And with his help and support, I was able to find the right gym where I had a group of trainers who knew me and encouraged me, a community of like-minded people who were all shapes and sizes but we had one thing in common: the road to health.
Go see that trainer today! Do not let the sleek bodies, teenage work-out-aholics and buff surfer dudes put you off. Look again. There will always be someone less agile, heavier or older than you working out. But they are there. Just like you.