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10 things I learned from going to the gym this week

August 30, 2015

I’ve been wanting to go to the gym for quite a long time now, but I’ve never found the motivation to actually do it. Mainly because of lack of time and money, but this week I decided it was time to do something.

So I signed up for a free 5-day trial at Jetts. So far I’ve gone for a week (three sessions) and I still have the motivation to keep going, which is great! I ended up signing up, so now we’ll have to wait and see how long it lasts for!

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Here are the 10 things I’ve learned from going to the gym this week:

My motivation to work out changes like the weather.
Before I went, I was super excited and determined to do well. When I got there the motivation lasted through about 3/4 of the session before I felt like giving up, haha. But I did make it back two more days, and in the end I signed up and will keep going back!

Having TVs at the gym is an amazing thing.
Anything that will motivate you to stay at the gym are good things. They’ve got little TVs on each of the treadmill, which I find great! Halfway through my first session, I decided to stop listening to my music and instead watched half an episode of Friends. It was brilliant!

No one cleans the machines after using them.
It always says that you need to clean the machines after you’re done, and yes, saying that no one does it might be a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s not unusual to see one in four people doing it. And even then they don’t do it very well. Because of this, I’ve started wiping them down before I start using them.

Not even working out will get people off their phones.
It’s no secret that we use our cellphones way too much these days, but you’d think that you’d take a break from them while working out, or just using them to listen to music. This isn’t the case. I’ve seen heaps of people texting while on the treadmill, or browsing the web while on a bike. I mean, that’s just not necessary!

Comparing yourself to others is not a great idea.
No matter who you’re comparing yourself to, it’s never a good idea. You might see someone really fit and think that you’re never going to look that great. Or you’ll look at someone who’s in worse shape than you and think that you’re jealous of their motivation and determination. And all bodies are different, so there is no point trying to look like someone else.

People do make weird noises at the gym.
You’ll hear all kinds of noises, especially from those lifting weights. I didn’t realise that was an actual thing until I started going to the gym. It’s pretty funny to listen to actually!

There may be an occasional creep next to you.
We’re all guilty of looking at other people while working out. But it’s one thing to just look, and a whole other thing to be staring. The first day at the gym, I had a guy two treadmills away from me who every time I turned to look that way was staring at me with a big smile on his face. It was super awkward. And yesterday I had a guy who seemed to be following me around because he was always working out right next to me. Could have been coincidence, but it sure didn’t seem like it!

You will not see results straight away.
This is probably a given, but if you’re anything like me, you want to see that something is happening to be motivated to continue. But the only thing I’ve noticed is the pain afterwards so far! But I guess that’s an indication that something’s working. I really need to remember to stretch though, I’ve been so sore the last couple of days.

You will feel really great about yourself afterwards.
Although you might be exhausted, you’ll also feel proud to have made it through the workout, and that’s a great feeling. That’s the feeling you need to hold on to in order to keep going.

Running on a treadmill is not like running outside.
I’ve never been able to run. When I’ve tried I’ve only made it 5 minutes and then I can’t breathe. I’m obviously doing something wrong, but it’s made me scared of running. In saying that, it’s actually a lot easier to run on a treadmill, mainly because you set a speed that you’re comfortable with, and you stick to it.

Do you go to the gym at the moment? Why / why not?


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  • Sheridan Johnson

    I love going to the gym, but with my work schedule I usually end up going 2-3 time a week. I completely agree with all 10 of your thoughts though, so true!

    August 30, 2015 at 5:32 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I think 3 times a week is ideal! That’s what I’m going to try to stick to 🙂

      August 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • anwyn84

    It must be meant to be. I was looking at joining jets today and going in tomorrow to do the free trial. How is the gym there? Which one do you go to? how funny that the world puts these things indoor of us to confirm good choices lol

    August 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Haha I go to the central Wellington one. 🙂 it’s a decent gym for the price. None of the extras that you get at other gyms, like classes, hair straighteners and stuff, and there are hardly any changing rooms, but the machines are decent 🙂

      August 31, 2015 at 6:34 am Reply
      • anwyn84

        Thanks is worth checking it out then.

        August 31, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply
        • The Swedish Kiwi

          It’s really cheap! That’s my favourite thing about it, haha!

          August 31, 2015 at 7:37 am Reply
  • tweetprayloveme

    I love the creep part! ALWAYS! I just joined a gym with my husband, even though we have a gym in our apartment. The gym is really clean. They even have staff that constantly clean the place. Our gym also has a special room only for women.

    August 31, 2015 at 3:44 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Oh cool, I’ve heard that certain gyms do separate sections for women. Which gym are you a member of? 🙂

      August 31, 2015 at 6:38 am Reply
  • Good Food Everyday

    such a positive post 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

    August 31, 2015 at 4:57 am Reply
  • LyndellClasson

    I tried the gym a couple of times in the past few years and kept quitting after a few months. So kudos to all of you who stay with it. I am an outdoor exerciser and used to hike daily but found it wasn’t enough cardio. So I started running again after almost 25 years. I forgot how much I missed it. This winter though I may have to head for a treadmill at a gym when the snow reaches about 4 feet up here in the mountains. Cheers.

    August 31, 2015 at 11:32 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Good on you for doing outdoor exercise! I wouldn’t be able to run more than 5 minutes outdoors without wanting to go home, haha.

      August 31, 2015 at 11:53 am Reply

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