This time of year is tough. February can be especially discouraging for New Year Resolutioners trying to form a new habit of going to the gym.
Early mornings in the winter here in Texas are cold and dark. Actually they’re really cold and really dark.
And as is the norm with Texas weather, there is no norm, folks.
We see huge swings in temperatures, lots of wind, rain, and sometimes even ice and snow. And the occasional “icepocalypse” to boot. You never know what Texas weather is going to throw at you from one day to the next, especially mid-February.
To illustrate my point, just take a look at this week’s forecast for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex:
When that alarm goes off, and a strong North wind is howling outside your window and that chilly rain is pouring down, it’s easy to tell yourself, “I’ll start going to the gym again tomorrow. The weather is just too bad today.” Easy, yes. But what if I offer a different way of looking at bad weather? I say bad weather days are an opportunity. An opportunity to:
- Use your favorite cardio machine as long as you please because no one is waiting to climb stairs “for fun” after you
- Have your pick of the free weights — we’re talking the full range: 2.5 to 110 pounds, baby. The possibilities are endless.
- Score the best seat in the spin bike class. You know the one. The one that Stacy always seems to snag first! Not this time, Stacy.
- Sprawl out all over that stretching mat just because you can. Chaturunga on, my friend.
You get the picture. Other people will turn over in their bed, hit the Snooze button, and put off their goals on those so-called “bad” weather days, freeing up precious gym real estate for folks like you and me.
Let’s not be silly. I’m not advising you to jump in the car and skid your way to the nearest LA Fitness through a freezing rain storm. Use common sense and consider safety first. But don’t let the threat of a little bad weather be your excuse for not fulfilling a commitment you have made to yourself to visit the gym.
Weather is (generally) not a legitimate excuse to skip the gym if going to the gym is a priority for you. Yes, I said it.
It’s probably worth noting at this point that I have been known to do my grocery shopping before 6:00 a.m. just to avoid the crowds. I’m not a big fan of crowds. Plus, who doesn’t want a grocery store all to themselves? (Okay, maybe I’m the only one who would want my own grocery store. A girl can dream.)
So when there are a few less people at the gym, I consider that a win-win-win for everyone who showed up:
- Win #1: you made it to the gym, hooray!
- Win #2: you can do your thing with less people in the way, hooray!
- Win #3: you get those good-gym-chemical feels all day long in spite of nasty weather and gray skies, hooray!
So the next time you wake up in the middle of a freezing ice storm, first think: Opportunity.
Do you brave the bad weather and get yourself to the gym?
What is your favorite part about an empty gym?