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Stop Hating the Gym and Start Loving It

If you are dreading moving your workouts indoors due to falling temperatures, let me help you learn to love, or at least tolerate, the gym. Here are some common reasons people hate hitting the gym, and solutions to help you overcome the hurdles.

I hate the gym because . . . The solution
It's too expensive. Go price hunting. There are so many different types of gyms that offer various services, so find one that fits your budget. Instead of paying $90 a month for a gym that has cardio machines, a weight room, classes, a pool, and a yoga studio, figure out what's most important to you and just pay for that. A gym down the street from me is only $10 a month for cardio and weight machines. Not bad at all.
It's too far away from my home. If you can't find a gym close to where you live, try to find one close to where you work. That way you can head over on your lunch break or after work.
The cardio machines are boring. Find a way to make them more enjoyable. I like to download audio books or podcasts onto my iPod. Listening really helps pass the time. Switching to different machines in one workout also helps beat boredom. Or try competing with a stranger.

To learn more ways to start loving the gym, keep reading.

I hate the gym because . . . The solution
I don't know how to use the equipment. That's what trainers at the gym are for! Many clubs will offer free sessions to show gym goers how to use all the equipment, so make an appointment to help you learn how to use everything safely and effectively.
I'm worried about getting sick. Although you can't live in a germ-free bubble, you can make your gym-time as clean as possible. Always wipe down equipment before you touch it, since you don't know who remembered to clean it after they were finished. Bring your own equipment to use like mats, resistance bands, and even dumbbells. Avoid touching your face, and wash your hands in between sessions (like after cardio and before you strength train). After you're done working out, hit the shower to wash away the germs.
It's always so crowded that I can never use the equipment I want. While it's true that there are peak times you can always expect to see tons of people, there are slow times at the gym as well. If you can rearrange your schedule, go mid-morning or mid-afternoon when gyms tend to be less populated.

If you avoid the gym for a different reason, tell me about it below.

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