1. Laundry becomes a weekly necessary habit
This is one of the biggest things I’ve noticed about my pre-gym life versus my post-gym life. Laundry is something that has to be done so much more often. Not only are you wearing double the clothes, those clothes are gross, sweaty, and stinky. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t own two weeks worth of workout outfits, so I absolutely have to do my laundry every week if I want anything to wear to the gym. Before going to the gym regularly, I would do my laundry maybe every two weeks because, to be honest, I have so many clothes it really doesn’t matter, but now it is a weekly habit that I literally have penciled into my schedule.
2. You actually want to have a normal sleep schedule/you prioritize
This, unlike the annoying chore that preceded it, is one of the surprising perks of going to the gym. Before I started working out regularly, I was like most people. I said “I don’t have time to go to the gym”, blah blah blah. If you’re honest with yourself, you probably have time for it. Don’t get me wrong, some days you literally cannot make it, but most days you have a few hours to spare and you’re not going to the gym because you don’t want to not because you don’t have time. When you start working out or going to the gym regularly, you have to fit that extra 1.5-2 hours into your daily routine so you’re forced to prioritize things a bit more. I have chosen the gym over Netflix, and it’s not that hard. Another perk is that it is so much easier to have a normal sleep schedule. Your body and mind will be more tired from your workout that when you hit the bed, you’ll just want to sleep instead of play games on your phone. You will also feel yourself wanting to go to bed earlier so that you will be well rested for the next day.
3.You actually want to make healthy choices
We have all experienced our bodies rebelling against us once we’ve eaten something bad for us and that feeling is played up one hundred percent more once you are a regular gym goer. Since you’re working your body harder, you find yourself needing more and more of those good fuels. You may still crave the foods that are bad for you (I do), but you will be more conscious of your decisions. Believe me, I’ve tried going to the gym after eating McDonalds and it is not a fun experience, attempt at your own risk.
4. You want to try all the fitness trends
I’m not so proud of this one, but when you start becoming a regular at the gym or whatever you’re doing, you find yourself looking for more and more ways to be active and fit. This includes googling crossfit in your area or looking for cycling classes near you. It may seem weird but there are even trends within the fitness community, and they aren’t super obvious to people who don’t work out regularly, but once you see them, you want to try them. I just recently jumped on the protein shake bandwagon, which I’m currently enjoying. Beware though, of fad workouts which work your body to an unhealthy extent, like the 30 day squat challenge that has almost no rest days.
5. Everything starts becoming easier/better
With no doubt in my mind, this is the absolute best thing that comes from working out regularly and the thing that continuously motivates people to keep it up. When you start going to the gym regularly, you start noticing how much your body is doing and how much it is changing. Your clothes start fitting better, you can lift more than before, and you have more endurance. When I first started working out, I couldn’t run for long periods of time for my life, and now, I can run a mile straight with ease. It is hard work but it pays off when you get small accomplishments like that. You actively feel yourself missing going to the gym if you skip a few days and you notice how your body changes. This is the number one best and most motivating aspect of working out.
The biggest challenge of working out is just getting yourself to go to the gym or go outside for a run, but once you’re there, its easy. So many people make excuses to not go to the gym or go workout because they feel like they are going to be judged or that they aren’t in shape enough, or they don’t have time. Making excuses doesn’t get you anywhere, but actually getting up and doing something does. Go out there and get moving, there is honestly no better feeling in the world.
ps. A bonus thing that happens when you start going to the gym is that you constantly feel like you’re talking about the gym. But you’re spending a decent amount of time there and it is a part of your day so don’t feel like a total douche, plus it beats your friends’ stories about them sitting and eating Doritos for five hours straight.