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How I Started Going To The Gym

I’m no productivity guru, gym expert, or even skilled in writing a proper article, but this is the process I took to start going to the gym every day. It worked for me, so I’m sharing this in hopes that it may motivate, inspire, or just give you perspective on the possibility.

First, you’ll need the proper ingredients, there are 3 things I found that were integral in making this all work:

  1. A goal – something you want to achieve, why you’re going to spend an hour of your day doing these seemingly meaningless movements when you could be doing something much more exciting, like eating Cheetos. A goal helps put everything in perspective, it’ll give you a reason to do what you’re doing, and have a measurable end.
  2. An easily accessible gym – not just any gym, but one that’s close to where you live or work. I found my number one reason to not go was because I didn’t want to travel so far ‘just to go to the gym.’ Having it right there eliminated my number one reason not to work on the first point.
  3. A workout routine – getting your foot in the door of the gym is 85% of the work, but the next 15% is actually doing the workout. Without a proper routine or idea of what you’re doing, it can get discouraging really quick because you won’t see the results you want to see. Do a little research online, if you want to lose weight, find a routine that suites that and try it out. Remember, you don’t need to be loyal to any specific routine, just experiment until you find one that works for you.

Once you’ve got those 3 things in line, the one thing I did, and what I was told by my fellow gym nomads, was this:

Just go to the gym for a full week (potentially 2) straight. What you want to do is build a habit. It’s simple to say, but when it comes down to it, it’s ignoring your thoughts of saying, you’ll go tomorrow, or you aren’t feeling 100% today, or you have other priorities. But stick to it for one week; if you have one goal this year, make it that you go to the gym for this one week. When you do that, several things happen:

  • You’re in constant pain, but it feels amazing – if the heaviest thing you lifted was the Snickers bar you just ate for dinner, then going to the gym will make you literally want to cry after. Don’t let that scare you though, push yourself (safely) beyond what you think you can do. That pain is a reminder every second of the day of progression.
  • You’re full of energy and productivity – it’s easy to believe that after the gym you’ll feel tired and not want to live life for a bit, but it’s actually the opposite! You feel great, not only have you accomplished something today, you’re still on a workout high and concentrating comes much easier, and you’ll WANT to finish that project or assignment because you don’t want to waste this high.
  • It’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something – and one achievement leads to another, it’s a spiralling effect that you can’t stop. You start to think, if I can do this, what else can I do?
  • You start to think you’re seeing progress – whether you’re actually progressing or not, you’ll look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the week, smirk, nod, and say “I look good.” But it’s this feeling that keeps you going back, because ‘good’ isn’t enough anymore; if I can achieve good, I’m going for ‘great,’ and in no time you’ll be trying to achieve ‘Channing Tatum’ status – which you won’t, but it’s worth trying.

That’s it guys, it’s simple, one week, aim for that goal. It becomes almost an addiction afterwards, like you have to go back or else you’ll lose the progress you’ve made in the last week. This is just to get you started, when you get serious, invest some time in more research and planning a proper workout or how to stop eating Snickers for dinner.

All I ask is that when you do decide to go to the gym, don’t be that guy who posts gym selfies letting the world know you’re at the gym or especially not the guy who writes about how to go to the gym.

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