I get asked quite a lot what keeps me motivated with training. First off, I do have 'off days'; days where I'm not feeling it, or get halfway through a session and can't be ar$ed to do the rest - I'm human... But by and large, I've got to admit, I just love training more often than not - goals keep me focused, but what is really at the heart of what I love? Here's a bit of insight...
At the gym...
- I can get lost in my own thoughts. No matter how stressful things are at work, I go through the gym door and I'm not thinking about it. It's about the only respite I get with my overactive brain...
- I don't bite my nails. I'm a serial nail chewer, but never ever at the gym. My fingers thank me for this time.
- I can be anyone. I get in my zone, and I can pretend to be anyone. More often than not, I pretend I'm lifting like my life depends on it, like I'm being watched and egged on - my PT taught me the power of imagination and when you don't think you've got one more pull up in you, imagine someone is watching you and you'll inevitably push through it
- I get to wear stretchy pants. This one should not be underestimated; if I could live my life in stretchy pants and trainers, I absolutely would.
- I lose track of time... okay, not always, but time seems somehow immaterial. There's something quite cathartic about that.
- I feel invincible. On a good training day (which is most), I come out feeling like I'm walking on air and all powerful. That's an incredibly empowering feeling to start your day with.
- I can help others. This doesn't happen a lot, but sometimes people will stop and ask me questions, and that really makes my day that they value what I might have to say. I'm cautious with the advice I dispense, but it's nice to feel you're helping someone navigate the equipment or pointing them in the right direction
- I don't wear make-up; much like my nails, I'm hoping my skin thanks me for this brief interlude. Another point for self confidence too; there was once a time I would never have left my house without some make-up on, let alone gone to a bright place with other people. THE HORROR.
- I'm learning. I'm always, always learning. Whether a completely new exercise or way to execute something from my PT, or learning how to contract certain muscles, I learn something new every day of my training. No lie.
- I feel like me. This final one might seem quite profound, but I feel so relaxed and at home, I'm as happy on the gym floor as I am snuggled up on my sofa, which makes it easy to go so frequently.
So complete your own sentence about life, training, the gym, running - whatever your happy place is and whatever floats your boat :)
Happy sunday, folks xx