The excuses for not attending a gym are legion. Slightly less legion are those who join, attend for a few weeks and then drop out. Common complaints are “it’s too hard!” or “I don’t have the time to go!” A famous athletic shoe manufacturer has a saying: Just do it. And they are right. Do not even think about it, just do it. Certainly this is a difficult concept for many to grasp. Regular exercise feels like an optional activity to some. And it should not be, at all. Modern lives are extremely sedentary. The daily grind of life wears people out and leaves them feeling like they have nothing left in them. It takes a gargantuan effort for them to get themselves to the gym.
Here is the secret to working out: It does not have to be hard. At all. Your body will tell you when it is time to ramp the workout up. Stepping on to the treadmill for 20 minutes at a zero degree incline is plenty to start with. Or get on an elliptical and set it on to the least resistance. There is absolutely no need to go to extremes in the beginning and even down the road. The mere fact that you have gotten on to a cardio machine is a great start. It will not be long before you realize that your body is telling you that things have become a cake walk and you need to start adding in more.
How does one make the gym a part of one’s routine? Simple. Just go. Even if you are having a bad day and just want to stay at home, go. The endorphins that get kicked up from a session on a cardio machine or doing a few reps on a weight machine will clear away the blahs like no tomorrow. The benefits outweigh any excuses you can make to not go.