At the age of 16, I purchased my first gym membership…. A waste of money at the time and for the next couple of years. Why? Because out of the 365 days that exist in a year, I probably visited the gym 30 or 40 times. Actively involved in dance and sport, gym wasn’t a priority.
When I went off to College and for the next four and a half years, I was no longer actively involved in ANYTHING! Not gym, not dance, not anything! I slowly but surely gained the extra pounds, lost my endurance, and my body began growing in all the directions I never wanted it to grow. I was un-healthy and out of shape.
My last year of College and after being hit with the harsh reality, I purchased, yet another, gym membership. Once again, a waste of my money. Fitness was still not a priority… I would go to the gym once a week for an hour or two, put in a good workout, but it clearly, wasn’t enough.
Step numero cinco is making the commitment. No one wants to waste time or money.
It wasn’t until 2011 that I made the new years resolution to commit. It was difficult to get started but with a little bit of motivation, I was able to get it done. I now commit to four to five sessions of gym throughout the week, plus an outdoor activity at least once (beach run, bike ride, tennis, a walk). Not everyone has the time to commit to what I have, but everyone can commit to what works with his or her time and schedule. Start off with one session, bump it up to two, but make sure it goes up to at least three! According to a health and nutrition specialist/Trainer I met in Guadalajara, Mexico, three to four sessions of gym (or exercise) a week is just right. Now, if you’re looking to lose serious weight, you’re going to have to make a more serious commitment.
Friends often express their frustrations to me, “I did it for a month and I saw no results, so I gave up” or, “I go to the gym, I just can’t loose the weight”. And often times I find that these friends are working out once a week or once every two weeks. Also, they aren’t willing to make a diet change!
Julie Bishop once said,
“And I believe that the best buy in public health today must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.”
Step numero cinco, MAKE THE COMMITMENT.