If you're a regular gym goer like myself, it's easy to get disgruntled during your time at the gym in January. As more people resolve to get fit in 2008, this means less parking and more lines for equipment and shower stalls.
Distract yourself from getting too upset about the sudden influx of people at your gym by using this time to tweak your own routine with ideas such as:
- Foregoing going to the gym after work with the masses. Think about trying to go at off times or even early in the morning. Maybe now is the time to try that 6:00 a.m. spin class you've always wanted to take.
- Respecting the 30-minute limit on cardio machines. Keep reminding yourself that despite the crowds, you're still doing something fabulous for yourself even if it's 30 minutes instead of your usual 45. I find myself using the StepMill a lot more in January since the popular treadmills are always full, the less popular machines are often available — it's great because I have a hard time pushing myself to do it otherwise.
- Taking advantage of all the specials that gyms offer as a result of the New Year — maybe now is the chance to try out that fabulous new gym on the corner that is way out of your budget but offering two weeks free.
Unfortunately most folks who start a new fitness program in January are burned out by April, so things should calm down in a few months. Do me a favor and and give yourself a pat on the back for not falling into this trap and realizing that fitness for health is a lifetime commitment.
Have you noticed that your gym is extra crowded? If yes, please share how you deal with it in the comments section below.