All my life I have had an irrational fear of going to the gym. Will I fall off the treadmill and wind up a sweating, bleeding mess on the floor? Will a muscled, brainless gym buff pester me about personal training sessions? How do I use those weird alien looking machines and why do they have so many instructions? You get my drift…
However, with a new gym opening literally a five minute walk from my house (and the cheapest monthly tariff anyone could wish for), I decided I had run out of excuses. I could carry on being a wimp or I could push myself in to doing something that had terrifed me for years. Signing up was the easy part and with the click of a few buttons I was officially a gym member. Now to get through the dreaded induction. I will admit, this was the part that was freaking me out the most. At the point of booking, when the words ‘Group Induction’ popped up on my screen, I thought I was going to have a small heart attack there and then. It took a lot to suppress the chimp in my mind screaming, “DON’T GO! YOU’LL LOOK RIDICULOUS. THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WATCHING WHILE YOU SLIP AND SLIDE ACROSS A TREADMILL. THIS IS LITERALLY YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE.” However, having managed to succesfully suppress the chimp (and if you haven’t read that book by the way, where have you been?) I turned up bright and early on a Saturday morning for the induction of doom.
Was it as terrifying as I thought it would be? Did I injure myself? Of course I didn’t! At times, our brains are wired to make seemingly trivial events seem devastating and the more we overthink and overanalyse events, the more anxious we become.
One of the greatest life lessons to be learned is that of personal growth.
Growth brings happiness and when we push ourselves to overcome a personal hurdle, or scary event, the resulting reward is tremendous.
A sense of accomplishment is a key ingredient to overall happiness.
Evenings spent slumped on the sofa infront of mindless TV have now turned into evenings on the cross trainer, pumping away to my new gym anthems (this month’s being Little Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex) and I am loving it!