What to Do When the Gym Is Crowded-And You Just Want to Go Home

You have made up your mind to work out three times a week after work.  Yeah! When you arrive, you find that the gym is crowded, and all the best machines are being occupied.  Covid-19 does not care that January and February are peak times for gyms as everyone is trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions.  You feel a little discouraged and decide to put off your workout.  Maybe tomorrow?  I want to encourage you to stay the course; at the beginning of your workout journey, the brain is looking for any excuse not to follow through on the promise you made to yourself to get healthy this year.  Try these tips to help you stay in the game and become the person who keeps their promises to themselves.

Move outdoors. Depending on the weather in your neck of the woods, you could move your exercise routine outside.  You are already dressed. So, how about a power walk around the parking lot or head over to the nearest park. Exercising outdoors gives your body a chance to soak in some natural vitamin D.  “It’s estimated that more than 40% of American adults have a vitamin D deficiency.”

Work out at home. This has been a lifesaver for me; I took one of the spare bedrooms and turned it into a proper home gym with a Treadmill and Echelon bike.  I also have a weightlifting bench with weights in various sizes.  If your area is still on lockdown due to Covid-19, this is the best way to ensure that you reduce the stress around your exercise routine and eliminate any excuses.

First thing in the morning.  I love that Planet Fitness, and most YMCA’s are open by 5 am during the week at 7 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Get your workout done early, and then you can check it off your “to do list” and pat yourself on the back for getting it done.  Starting your day with a workout will bring you so much joy, I promise.

Be flexible.  I know that you probably have scheduled your workout into your weekly schedule but being flexible will save you a lot of stress and ensure that your exercise gets done.  Try changing your workout to your lunch hour.

Getting into a workout routine can be challenging, I will not sugarcoat it.  But you have an obligation to yourself and your family to be here as long as you can.  As we learned on this blog, Fit People Think Differently.  We know that working out will help prevent, delay, or successfully manage a chronic illness like diabetes, so just do it!  Your health cannot afford any more excuses. Which tip will you try this week? Let us know in the comments.

Do me a favor, share this post with a friend.  Until next week

With Peace and Love,

Coach Renee

PS Want to learn how to balance your blood sugar and lose weight naturally? Download my free checklist 7 Ways to Beat Your Sugar Cravings and Balance your Blood Sugar.

Published by Renee Reid

Welcome to the Diabetic Toolbox, where we are helping midlife folks win the battle against prediabetes. If you are prediabetic or have a family history of type 2 Diabetes you will find tools and tips to help you to lose weight naturally, heal your mindset, and strengthen your body through yoga and walking. So, if you are ready to heal connect and grow, you are in the right place. Join the Movement! Hosted by award-winning podcaster, certified health coach, and yoga teacher Renee Reid.

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