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Monday 20 June 2016

5 Things I've Learnt From Going to The Gym

1) You will never regret going to the gym
This is something I heard quite often before I started going to the gym properly, and I used to laugh when I heard it, but it is so true. I frequently have days where I would rather go home and order a Dominoes and binge watch Once Upon A Time rather than going to the gym, but I know that I would regret not going to the gym. If you do go, you never find yourself regretting that decision, and I find it great motivation to make myself go and work out on days where I'd quite frankly rather be a slob.

2) No one will be laughing at you
Lots of women don't want to go to the gym because they feel people will be staring/judging/laughing, and it's just never the case! I've been a member at two gyms now and not once have I ever felt anyone laughing or judging me for what I am doing. Occasionally you get the starers who just boggle at you for no reason, but I don't ever feel judged. 

3) Lifting weights won't make you look manly
It's a very common misconception among women that lifting weights or doing weight training will make you look manly, and it's so not true! I joined the gym to lose a couple of pounds and generally tone up, and I can tell you, I would not have dropped a dress size if it wasn't for hitting the Squat Rack and generally lifting weights. I began just doing cardio when I went to the gym, and my progress was slow and my sessions were very tedious. Now I mix things up and do a bit of cardio and a bit of weights and my body is thanking me for it. And no, I do not look like The Incredible Hulk...

4) Exercise = Endorphins = Happiness
I never realised how much exercising makes you happy until I began doing it. When I take rest days now or just have a day where I'm super busy and cannot go to the gym, I really feel it and I get sluggish and a bit down in the dumps. It's all to do with the chemicals that your body produces whilst you're working out, and it's one of the reasons you'll never regret going to the gym - you may leave tired, but you'll be happy and tired.

5) No change in your body can happen without exercise
I often hear people saying they're dieting and not doing any exercise, and without exercise, I have learnt that changing your body is just so hard and takes a lot longer. Incorporating even the tiniest amount of exercise into your daily routine will help you to reach your body goals much quicker and in a more sustainable way.

What have you guys learnt from going to the gym?

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