I’ve done it: I’ve dragged myself to the gym, and consistently might I add. There should be an award for this feat. I’m not going to list reasons of why you should go and all of the health benefits of exercise. You’ve read too many articles and followed too many fit people on Instagram to try to get motivated to go to the gym. Hint: those don’t work.
I figured out what I wanted from a gym, why I wanted to go, and how to keep going back. That’s why I chose the New York Health and Racquet Club (NYHRC). Mind you, this took a long time of trial and error. My reasons are not pretty or article perfect, but they are terribly honest.
What I Want From a Gym
Nice amenities and facilities with a view. With sweaty people coming in and out, cleanliness is a huge factor. The showers, weights, machines, sauna, pool, and studios need to be well kept and updated. It goes without saying, a gym needs to have these options for me. Coming back from my Greek and Portuguese adventures, I wanted to become a better swimmer. The NYHRC not only has a pool in all of its nine locations, but they’re salt water pools so I can train in the appropriate conditions.
I haven’t been to even half of the locations, but the few that I went to had a nice view in front of their ellipticals. I don’t want to be in some basement or staring at a blank wall when I workout. Most importantly, I don’t want to face other people while my face is turning beet red from the cardio. A window scene will get the job done. When I visit the 21st Street location on Park Avenue South, I get pretty scene.
Why I Want to Go
Putting all of the really important health benefits to the side, I go to the gym so I can eat. I’ve tried diets and staying away from certain foods. It doesn’t work for me, I like pizza and french fries a tad more than salads. No matter how much I try to stay away from fatty and carb-loaded foods, they find and tempt me anyway. And don’t get me started on dessert. Strawberry shortcake and tiramisu are my absolute favorites, I can never resist.
So if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Although I don’t eat bad all of the time and generally have a normal diet, the calories add up. They make me slow, tired, and feel heavy. To combat the side effects, hopping on the elliptical or swimming gives me more energy, makes me feel lighter, and makes room for more food without making me feel too bad. Now that’s a good deal.
How I Keep Going Back
I’m not into music as most people are. The only music I do listen to often is from the 50’s and 60’s, not a great choice for a laborious workout. Even though the machines have TV built in it’s mostly news, it takes forever to find a show that you like, and sometimes it doesn’t even work. I wanted to spend at least 30 minutes at the gym. That’s all the time I have for and can handle. I also wanted to start re-watching my favorite show, Sex and the City. It just so happens that the episodes are about 30 minutes each.
I downloaded Amazon Video onto my phone and only allow myself to watch an episode when I am working out. The characters on that show motivate me to be the fabulous woman I’ve always dreamed of. Exercising and getting healthier is an aspect of being fabulous. Now, I look forward to going to the gym so I can watch another episode. I’ve tricked myself into going at least three times a week.
Whatever your fitness goals are, realize your desires and make it work for you. Find the gym that gives you the options that you want. Have a solid purpose for going to the gym and don’t be afraid of being honest with yourself. Do something that pushes you to keep coming back. It can be a fitness class or a favorite TV show, it doesn’t matter as long as it gets you in the door. Keep trying things out and you will find the right combination for you.