The Day I Had to Bribe Myself to go the Gym

Ansley Knopf - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I sat in my car, bobbing my head to my jams and tapping my fingers against the steering wheel.

I was in a parking lot about 10 minutes from the gym that I was headed to next, as I had already picked my allergy meds and I was already planning on going there, evidenced by my gym clothes packed in the seat next to me with a full water bottle ready to go. I had finished all my errands, so what was I still sitting there for?

I continued to sit there, listening to all my pump up tunes: “Come on self, you can do this! You know you want to get on the rower, you LOVE the rower right? All right, let’s just go to the gym, get on the rower, and we’ll go from there, ok?” I nod my head with conviction and put the car in reverse and start heading towards the gym. “See, there we go, you can do this! Here we go! We’re excited! LOVE the rower! Yay!” The cheerleader in my head continued while the other side of me kept trying to come up with other reasons why I could just not worry about my upper body workout that day. But the truth was I did love the rower machine, the cheerleader had found my weakness and exploited it. Darn her.

Why am I telling you this story? Because I am a person who has turned her passion for health and wellness into a legitimate career. I work continuously maintaining my certifications and taking hours of tests to stay up to date on the latest and greatest for my clients. I have conquered 4 Tough Mudders, actually enjoy turkey burgers and sweet potatoes and can easily spend 3 hours in the gym having a blast…once I get there.

Because I may be a certified health and fitness professional, but I’m also still human. And there are days that I literally have to bribe myself to go to the gym. And my inner cheerleader knows that I love the rower. And so I pulled into the gym parking lot and parked my car.

60 minutes later I was back in my car, sweaty, exhausted, and exhilarated. You might have seen my Facebook post from that day. I had convinced myself to just go inside and get some rowing in. And once I got inside, hopped on the rower and set a goal, I was pumped. Then I kept going, and got in an incredible workout in about 40 minutes. All because I convinced myself of one reason to go.

There will be days when you are tired, busy and looking for every reason to not go get that workout in. Those are the days you need to find your one reason. Whether it’s your overall health, your SMART goals, your stress relief, or even the chance to use something cool, like a rower- find your reason. Because I promise if you just get started, you won’t regret it.

And remember that if you need another reason, I’m here. I’m here as your cheerleader and accountability source to keep you motivated and on track to reaching your goals, when maybe your inner motivation is a little worn out from everything else that’s going on in your life that day.

Find your reason. Take the first step. Give me a call or a text, and I’ll remind you of your reason and then you can nod your head with conviction, put the car in drive and journey onward.



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