Exercise can be so difficult, especially if you don’t enjoy doing it. It’s been a challenge of mine for all of my adult life to get myself to regularly work out in some form or another. I’ve tried activities across the board (dance, swimming, visiting a gym, kickboxing, yoga, tennis, joining a basketball team, and more), trying to find something I would want to do regularly and actually enjoy.
I got close when I found an awesome dance studio that allowed me to combine my love for ballet with a serious barre workout, but moving to another state made me have to say goodbye. Now I’ve found a kickboxing gym that holds me accountable and helps me feel an accomplishment from my workouts like never before.
But I didn’t find either of those activities on my first try, and I thought I’d share a few tips that helped me find a workout I actually love!
Try it Free!
Most gyms offer a free trial of some sort. It never hurts to give it a try, especially if it is of no cost to you! When I moved to California, I knew I wanted to find a new place to get my exercise that I would like as much as the dance studio I had left behind. Most of the gyms in my area gave you the opportunity for a free day to work out, so you could get familiar with the gym before handing over your money.
The first gym I went to was decent, but I quickly realized that I had no idea what I was doing and that I would not be able to figure it out without handing over more money for a personal trainer. I didn’t really have fun with any of the activities offered there, and the pool (which was the one thing I thought I would love) was not as nice as the pool at my apartment, and definitely not worth the money I would be paying.
One upside to the gym trial, was that I could do one of the classes being offered. That was something I didn’t expect. I joined a Zumba class, and quickly learned that Zumba was not for me. That surprised me, since I thought it would be a great tie into my love for dance. Unfortunately the music being played for the whole class wasn’t really my style, and actually made me crave tortilla chips the entire workout. Terrible, I know, but also not conducive to my attempt at losing weight and getting fit.
On the other side, my current Kickboxing gym offered your first workout free as well. Since it was so close to my house and I had already tried several other things in my area, I thought I’d give it a go. I went into this one thinking I wouldn’t like it. Surprisingly, I loved it, which was largely do to the friendly trainers and the personalized workouts and attention.
Give it a Trial
While trying things out once for free can give you an idea if you hate something, sometimes you need a little more time to warm up. One of my favorite places to look for new places is on deal websites like Groupon or Living Social. The reason I found my old Ballet Studio was because I found it on one of those local deal sites and I got a discount bundle for 4 classes. That allowed me to try out 4 different classes offered at the studio, and I ended up finding two I loved. I stuck with those for nearly 6 months before moving.
The counter to that was my attempt to find the same type of classes once I moved. Again I found a deal for a set number of classes at a local studio, and went and gave it a try. The classes were similar to the ones I’d loved before, but the environment was different. I felt out of place there. The upside was that I had gotten the deal discount, and I wasn’t locked in for a long period of time.
Look Around You
I’ve only talked about working out at places that cost money so far. But there are other options too! One of my favorite forms of exercise is swimming, and my apartment has an awesome pool. I haven’t been able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked, since it is usually packed with kids in the evenings and weekends, and it becomes really difficult to swim laps, but the option is there. It has been a fun backup for me, plus it doesn’t cost extra!
There are also tons of videos on YouTube that you can follow. I’ve tried out my fair share of videos there, and I know some people who have been able to use those videos to really make a routine for themselves and get in shape. I just am not one of those people! The key to getting fit is regular exercise, and for me, videos and other attempts haven’t been motivating enough for me to make them my routine.
For now I’m loving my kickboxing gym because of the community feel and great trainers that actually pay attention to what I do. It’s been so motivating for me and I love that I finally have found something that makes me want to go workout! But for every good workout you need some good gear, and so I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to giveaway $500 to spend with Nike! (I just bought new Nike shoes and love them!)