Why do the amount of people applying for gym memberships increase at the start of the New Year, only to dwindle shortly afterwards? Why do people, eager with anticipation to follow up on their vows to get fit and healthy, just stop going after a while, even if they deliberately pay for the whole year, in the vain hope that by doing so this would force them to go?
Come the evening, everyone in the gym seems tense and angry.
The atmosphere is filled with such hostility, people queuing to use the machines whilst huffing and puffing in order to get the person to hurry up so that they could get their turn. The muscle men in the corner always seem to think it cool to make such unecessary grunts as they lift and slam down weights (a clear indication of the inadequacy they feel towards their life as a whole) in order to vent out their obvious pent up anger.
The saddest thing to witness is seeing everyone attempting to squeeze and fit into the sauna afterwards.
That the majority of people sweating and waiting for an available seat to get comfortable in had probably done exactly the same thing some hours earlier on the underground before they came to the gym, just to do the same exact thing in the sauna, was an irony that was never lost on me, I can assure you.
I’ve witnessed women arguing in yoga classes and in the sauna with one another, all because they’ve brought the stress of the office (or the lunch time fight they had with someone over the last available sandwich at Starbucks) with them.
In the long run, this type of atmosphere can be of no interest or benefit to anyone, hence why so many people stop going after a while. The majority of people who go to the gym are those who have regular jobs and thus, have to go at peak times and unfortunately it is this atmosphere, coupled with the time constraints of so many who hold down a regular job, that causes them to eventually stop going altogether.
This year if keeping fit or loosing weight entails anything so stressful that you lose all incentive to continue (or live), then drop it right out! I myself no longer go to the gym and don’t believe one needs to in order to stay fit or lose weight. There are more than enough exercises that can be done in the home without the use of gym equipment.
You know it makes sense!
In the next coming weeks I will be discussing the many different ways on how to do this.
So, here’s to a more fitter and peaceful 2013! xxx