Useful Information You Need to Know About Gymming

2019-07-19 08:30:59

I have a love-hate relationship with gyms. I first started going to gyms back in 2014 but these past few years has not always been smooth-sailing. There were times when I dreaded gymming and often avoided it by giving myself excuses such as “the gym is too crowded”, “aiya, it is too late to go to the gym now”, “I had a long school day today so it is okay to give myself a break”, etc. Other times (especially after my new year’s resolution pledge), I was somehow really motivated and eager to get my heart pumping by running on the treadmill and/or by utilizing the gym equipment available. 

Upon graduation and after I landed my first job, I decided to commit to this lifestyle since I now have the financial means to support it.

 


Why Gymming (And the Upsides of it)


For someone bad at sports (i.e. I was usually the one avoiding whatever object that was coming my way – frisbee, basketball, soccer ball, etc.), my best bet had to be gymming to keep myself fit. I enjoy the feeling of being strong and it felt more satisfying when I saw how my body and health started to change (albeit slowly) for the better (e.g. toner body, better stamina). 

I like how the gym provides me with a wide array of equipment that you can use to train different parts of your body and target specific groups of muscles (and that is also why you might have heard of “leg day”, “ab day”, etc.). 

There is also more flexibility in your gym schedule since most sports usually require at least two people to start a game (not talking about e-sports) and gymming is more of an “individual” activity.

 


The Downsides of Gymming


Timing is crucial. In the search for a gym that was to my liking, I first visited ActiveSg gyms (local, government-subsidized gyms) as it costs only SGD2.50 per entry. It is a steal considering how the gyms are conveniently located throughout Singapore and that they are well-equipped and well-maintained. However, the downside was that for a working professional like me, the ActiveSg gyms are always so crowded in the evenings after work hours. Weekends were slightly better since I went in the mornings (about 9AM/10AM) but I was still fairly uncomfortable gymming in a crowded space. 

It was also an intimidating and annoying experience, especially during the “cursed” hours.  When I was fortunate enough to use the machines during peak periods, I felt pressured to end my session earlier as I could sense strangers’ eyes staring at me while I workout (felt as though my life was going to be in danger). At the other end, while I was waiting for my turn (together with many others), it was tiring to always be on a watch-out (like a predator) and it was also frustrating to see someone getting the “prey” even though I was waiting in line for a longer time. 

After having this regime for a while, there are times when I would be riddled with guilt when I fail to make it to the gym (e.g. my plans have changed, muscle strains). It would affect me for the rest of my day as I would blame myself for “not doing enough”.

 


Tips on Getting Started and Sustaining


Ready for commitment? Here are some of my tips on starting.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, hope my article has been useful to you and do take the step out to improve your fitness today.

Roshelle Tan

Not always a normal person because oddity is the winning formula.

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