Give Them A Pat On The Back

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I’m seeing a lot of status updates and tweets lately suggesting the ‘newbies’ at the gym have given up on their new years resolutions already.


We all know you’re regular gym users and you tell us about it throughout the year. That’s great, well done and I hope you continue to enjoy your own fitness journey.

 You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back - Prefontaine.

For many, going to the gym or exercise in general is hard work. Take last night for example. I absolutely dreaded going in the gym. I don’t know why because as soon as I started, I loved it. I came out feeling refreshed, alive and ready for the week ahead. Every single person needs motivation and this can take many forms. Even if you don’t admit it, motivation plays a vital role in most things we do.


January is a time for a lot of people to take a look at their own health and fitness. Maybe Christmas was celebrated a little bit too much and the holiday weight is getting them down. If you’re regular gym user and/or you’re in the health and fitness industry, isn’t it a good thing that you notice the sudden increase in numbers? Granted you may have to wait an extra few minutes to get on your favourite cross trainer. Perhaps this wait will help you try another machine that is free and that you’ve never used before.


I believe that everyone should be encouraging new faces in the gym. How do you know that they’re not your next gym buddy? You may not be looking for one but you don’t even know their story. They could be turning to the gym because of illness or heart-ache and all your bothered about is yourself and how you can’t get on your favourite treadmill.


My gym is at home, it’s easier for my lifestyle right now but I promise you this. If I saw a new face in the gym I’d offer my support in some way. It doesn’t have to be patronising, just a quiet “nice one mate” will do. We’ve all been there. The new kid at school, learning to ride a bike or getting a new job. You feel alone sometimes and we rely on those around us to offer support and encouragement.


A little pat on the back can sometimes go along way,


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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