How to Stay Motivated and Avoid Bailing on Your Fitness Classes
You’ve decided to get started on that New Year’s resolution early, this year you’re really going to start going to the gym regularly, you’re going to get yourself in the best shape of your life, you want to prove 30 is the new 20…but after footing that pricey bill for a gym membership or a 20-class pass you find yourself dragging yourself out the door or skipping class altogether.
This seems to be the phenomenon many face on a daily basis. That kick-butt enthusiasm you felt when you laced up your shoes and showed up to that shiny and new group exercise class has suddenly become a distant memory.
At first you feel some guilt, you convince yourself that today you were busy and you had to miss the class to get other higher priority things done. You tell yourself you’ll make it up, perhaps look up what’s on the class schedule for the next day, and then you find yourself in the exact predicament all over again.
Before you know it your class-pass has expired, or worse, a whole year has passed and you have to pay all over again for a gym membership you used only twice. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Luckily, there are things that you can do to keep you going to those classes, to make that membership purchase worthwhile.
Some would say to think of your health first as a motivator, but who are we kidding? Money is what is going to get your attention. Depending on the type of gym or class membership that you have, you could be paying quite a lot with ZERO benefits for you if you don’t go to your classes. For every day you miss you could be losing as much as $60 for an hour!
That is not a typo, there are plenty of studios that charge that much for specialty classes. If you miss these, they are non-refundable. Instead of losing money, why not earn it for attending these classes? Pay yourself first! Have an “I made it to the gym!” jar and deposit money in it every time you attend classes.
You decide the amount you want to give yourself each time, and when the money can be cashed in (at the end of every month or when you reach certain strength/fitness, or weight loss goals etc.). Is there a class that you actually like when you go to it? Do you think you have what it takes to teach it?
Attend a movement audition at your local gym and become an instructor. If you’re getting paid for it more than likely you won’t skip out. Did I mention instructors get free gym memberships? Something to consider.
Do you sometimes skip out on the gym because you had a stressful day and think that plopping down on the sofa with a beer and a bowl of potato chips with a side of chocolate truffles will make you relax? Do you sometimes skip the gym because you’re cranky and can’t be bothered?
Probably, we’ve all done that at some point. But have you ever felt like that, gone to a class and then taken inventory of your emotions after the fact? If you have, you know your mood coming out is way better than what it was going in. As a Bikini Competitor I’ve been in that spot many times. I’m low on carbs when training for competitions, which can have a huge effect on mood, I’m tired of working out, being on a stringent routine and I just want to sleep my troubles away and eat something yummy.
On those days those close to me steer clear, but one thing is for sure, if it happens to be a day I teach Zumba, the wicked witch that drags herself out the door kicking and screaming returns home with a huge smile on her face and a calm, happy demeanor. This flip is what explains my husband’s love for Zumba. He hates to dance, would probably never participate in one of my classes, but he knows the health benefits (physical and mental) are immense.
Another draw to group fitness is variety. While some may love to participate in dance-inspired fitness classes, others may prefer mind-body classes, combat style classes, or cycling. When you have a membership to a gym, take advantage of all they have to offer. Make a point of trying each type of class at least once with different instructors.
Why? Because you might not know what you like. You might have preconceived notions of what a class may be like or who attends these classes. Don’t judge a book by its cover! Instead, see for yourself, you might be surprised. I also mentioned trying different instructors, this is extremely important! An instructor’s personality and teaching technique can ignite your passion for fitness or kill it completely!
Hopefully the above reasons have given you something to think about the next time you want to skip out on the gym. Remember that you will never regret doing a workout, but that you will most likely regret skipping one.