I plan to be one fit f***ing man this year. I started my 2014 resolution in August this year, so as to avoid trying to get rolling amidst the rush of “resolutioners” that flood the gym every January. Trying to work out in a crowded gym is frustrating enough. Trying to START working out in a crowded gym is damn near impossible, particularly when you consider that your body image is likely already at it’s lowest and your knowledge of exercises is probably at a minimum as it is.
I’ve made some amazing personal progress since I started attending the GoodLife gym in Park Lane here in Halifax. I’ve only lost 5 lbs, but I have lost 2 pant sizes, and my arms are almost twice their previous size. The weight loss isn’t my goal, and considering that muscle mass weighs 6 to 8 times what fat mass does, I know the weight isn’t just going to float away. That said, I feel amazing. I feel stronger, lighter, and when I look in the mirror, I just plain feel better about myself.
At the end of the day, working out and eating right are more about feeling good than looking good. Unfortunately, we’re taught to tie our self-image to our self-worth. It took me getting disgusted with my exterior aesthetic to start thinking about my health, working out, and what foods I put into my interior. It’s only now that I’m on the fitness train that I realize I should have been more interested in the physical signs. Feeling tired all the time (even on days when I did nothing), feeling sore after not having done any strenuous activity, and all around feelings of apathy towards everything SHOULD have been yellow flags. They weren’t. Too many commercials out there tell us “that’s normal” or “there’s a pill for that.” Truth? There isn’t.
I encourage you out there reading this, particularly if you don’t exercise at all, to look inward and decide how you want to feel. Working out and being fit DOES change your exterior, but more importantly, it changes how you feel on the interior and gives you more energy and drive to actually live your life.
I use GoodLife because the people there are awesome, as well as the number of locations makes NOT going to the gym hard. Visiting family in Ontario? Membership is good to go there, too. No excuses.
Even if you don’t choose GoodLife as your home gym, JUST GET TO THE GYM. Seriously. You’ll thank yourself. I promise.