Okay so this is something completely different and doesn’t fit with my blog genre so far, but I thought it’d be a good idea to just write about the things I’m passionate about – because these are the topics I have something that might be worth saying!
For the past few years at university and after graduating I’ve been going to the gym. When I say this, it’s very much an on and off process… but towards the end of 2016 and start of this year I really tried and was going about 4 times a week for about 8 months. During that time I didn’t really change physically (snacks are seriously my downfall) but mentally I felt so much better, stronger and happier! Plus I love the feeling of being strong, so obviously regular trips to the gym helped this too.
But since moving back to London in the summer, I’ve seriously let slip the gym life… And now, wanting to get back to it (having felt and seen my muscles melting) I’ve found it really difficult to build up enough courage to go.
I’m not generally an anxious person, and usually am up for giving things a go, so this feeling was quite a shock for me, especially as it’s lasted for a few months and has stopped me from being able to do things as freely as I would like.
However, today, after about two months of wanting to, but feeling too nervous to go, I went back to the gym. Although it doesn’t seem like much, I feel so good and so pleased with myself. Instantly I feel stronger and more able to face each day, that’s the main feeling that I had been missing.
Building up to it has been so hard, and I’m likely to not want to go tomorrow – but this feeling of strength is what I need to hold onto, because for me, it’s about feeling like I can conquer things, and feeling able to tackle anything I feel like.
I am literally so unqualified to offer advice to anyone, but if anyone else is struggling with the thought of it, either going for the first time, or going back after a break, my main tip is to just set yourself a small goal first. Only aim for a short workout, start with the exercises you like the most, allow yourself lots of breaks, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling. I think the thought of going is so much scarier than the actual activity, so perhaps take a trusty friend, but honestly I would recommend because you can do it! Just take your time and build yourself up!
If anyone knows the feeling or something similar please leave a comment about your experiences and tips! Every little step helps!