I’ve often heard the phrase ‘Wasting your life in a gym.’ If you’re not a regular gym goer, it can be difficult to understand the lifestyle. Turning up and exercising in ways that push my body and keep me fit are obvious draw cards, but here are some other reasons.
The sense of community - I don’t just walk into a gym, I walk into a community of friends. I have a support network there, I have people I can turn to for advice. If I want to talk about food, muscle gain, technique or even the best winter morning jogging spots, there will be someone for me to talk to at the gym. If my mood is flat, someone will lift it, if my mood is fabulous I can share it.
Heathy mind - Working out is a great way to give my mind some down time and clear my head. Too often we neglect our mental health and let our thoughts race away unchecked without realising how exhausted it can make us. Gym time helps me marshal those racing thoughts and get some order back up there!
I once had to leave a pub because I was preparing for a competition and pulled out my chicken salad to eat at 6pm. The bouncers were nice, but they said I couldn’t eat my own food on the premises despite the fact that I had checked on their menu and there was nothing I could eat and still meet my nutrition requirements. My friend tried to explain that I had a competition coming up and my meal plan was important but to no avail. We both left.
Another thing – when I do go to pubs to meet friends, I just drink water. Water is the perfect accompaniment for good conversation.
Obviously things like this make it difficult when I head out with friends. I sincerely wish I could finish this post with a few tips on navigating this problem but I don’t have any!! It will always be a juggling act. The longer I have pursued my love of fitness training the more my friends have become used to my routines and it no longer raises any eyebrows. Sometimes you just have to stick to your guns and stick to you...