Here is something most people don’t consider when deciding to workout. Surroundings.
We think about what kind of exercise, how much it will cost, what we need for equipment, what we need for clothing, where is it located, who are we doing it with, etc. But we don’t actually think about the surroundings as a major factor in the decision.
Surroundings are a bigger factor than you think. Some people make this great plan to workout at home. They invest in equipment, clean out a room and think that the convenience of working out at home will inspire them to be more consistent. Common sense tells us that this is a solid plan. Then why are so many home gyms being used as clothes racks? Because common sense doesn’t take emotion into account. Some people just want to get out of the damn house. So, working out at home can feel like just another chore you are doing at home. It can be no different than doing laundry or the dishes. That’s not real motivating, is it?
I have met many gym owners who actually go to another gym to workout. Why? It is because of similar reasons. Not only is it “work” but there are also business distractions that can intervene during your workout. It really is no different than home.
Then there is the gym. Once again, common sense tells us that lots of people go to the gym, so it must be the ideal place to workout. There are weights, machines, personal trainers, classes, etc. Then why are so many gym memberships going unused? Because some people are intimidated by the gym. Plain and simple. If you aren’t feeling great about yourself it can be hard to workout in public.
My point here is that we need to stop trying to put square pegs into round holes. Think of an environment that excites you and workout there. Maybe it is the beach, the mountains, the park, etc. Maybe the gym does inspire you. Maybe your home gym does the trick.
I’ve found that the most successful and consistent people have a feel for their emotional preferences at any given point in time. They mix and match their environment based on how they feel. If they don’t feel like dealing with people, they might workout at home or go for a run. If the weather is great they might take advantage of the beach or park. And, if they are looking for that energy that can come from the gym, they go there.
Pigeon-holing yourself into one strategy will usually backfire. Create multiple workouts in multiple environments and chose whichever tickles your fancy. Consistency is THE most important aspect of being successful at this whole fitness “schtick.” Learn how to gage what your emotional side wants and then chose wisely.