Getting Back To The Gym
I recently started hitting the gym again after a little hiatus and I have to say: I instantly started to feel amazing!
I went for a run a few days ago and it was my first time back on the treadmill in almost a month. I don't know why I fell off the wagon in the first place, let alone why I stayed off it for so long, but as soon as I started running I felt that instant rush of endorphins. Not only did I feel great while I was actually exercising, I also felt amazing for the rest of the day. I had so much more energy, my body felt awake and limber instead of stiff and sluggish, and I was also extra motivated to eat healthily since I didn't want to undo all the hard work I had just done on the treadmill.
So why do I always feel like I'm dragging my heels to the gym? Why do I still have the mentality that going to the gym is a pain that I have to suffer through in order to fit into my jeans? If it feels great and I enjoy it, why don't I go more consistently? Why don't I make it more of a priority?
I feel like we're socialized to hate exercise, and I've always had negative associations with working out. We look at is as something uncomfortable, difficult, and physically stressful or painful when it should actually be the opposite. It should be physically challenging of course, but in a good way that makes your body feel strong. Since I've always thought of it as a chore, I'm finding it hard to change my mindset toward the gym even though part of me knows that I'll feel good when I get there.
So my current goal is to change my attitude toward exercise. I'm challenging myself to start thinking of working out as a fun thing I do because it makes me feel amazing both physically and mentally. I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to do this, but I'm hoping that if I can stick to a consistent exercise schedule eventually my brain will get used to the idea that working out feels good, not bad.
What do you think? How do you feel about working out?