I recently started going to the gym. I’m not a big fan of the gym, in fact, I would dare say that it is slightly above medieval torture on my scale of things I loathe. I have tried so many different ways to make the moments at the gym joyful – from classes, to workout mixes, to Bluetooth headphones, to quality sneakers, but the feeling of dread is always the same.
I do 45 minutes of cardio and for whatever reason, the first 20 minutes are the worst. I even allow myself a 5-minute warm-up… to me, I’m “cheating” those extra 5 minutes. Time oppressively slows down whenever I do something I find loathsome.
This maligned battle of time seems to also work in reciprocal shifts. The longer I procrastinate on doing what I need to do, the faster time flies. For example, on days I tell myself I will go to the gym, but just at a later time, I’m up at 7am and five minutes later it’s 3pm.
I have to just show the hell up and hit the 25-minute mark.
That’s all it really takes for me to make it because, at that point, I talk myself through the next 20 minutes. The elliptical conversation goes something like this:
I realized that in order to make it through the first 25 minutes, I first need to show up. Showing up is definitely the hardest part of any routine that we want to get into, but sometimes a little positive, accountable self-talk is necessary:
Our most precious commodity is our time, our moments, so how we spend each moment is crucial. We need to look at our lives globally: How can I live the best life? Use this guiding question to determine what activities are adding value to your life versus detracting from it.