Friday, July 29, 2016

5 Tips for Singers Who Dislike the Gym

by Laura Isabella 

I’ll admit it, I’ve never been the most athletic person in the world, so making the gym a daily habit is a huge struggle for me. Deep down, I know it is paramount singers be fit and healthy. We are athletes and should act that way, but sometimes the call of pizza and chips is louder than pull-ups and crunches.

Here are some tips for my fellow Sexi, but sometimes sloth-like, Sopranos.

1. Start small.
Don’t feel obligated to run marathons and bench your own weight right off the bat. Choose a focus for your workout session, such as “I’ll do a mix of walking and jogging on the treadmill for ten minutes,” or “I’ll focus on my core, and do some crunches and sit-ups.” There’s no reason to work out every part of your body, especially if you’ve been less-than-active for a while.

2. Squad Goals can become Squat Goals.
Bring a friend or your significant other. Many gyms offer free or affordable guest passes. A workout buddy can be a source of motivation and accountability. You don’t necessarily have to do the exact same workouts together, but it’s nice to have someone there cheering you on.

3. There’s an app for that.
If you’re like me and have a lot to juggle in your life, then it’s quite easy to get overwhelmed and cut out the daily sweat. Use apps such as Gym Goal, Gym Buddy, or Pact for tracking workouts and setting up reminders. Banish mental blocks and negative thoughts with the help of motivation/happiness training apps such as Happify or Remember that your most powerful app is right in your head: your brain. You have the power to hunker down and get it done.

4. Stop being so self-conscious.
I used to hate using free weights at my gym because I thought the lunkheads were laughing at me. This paranoia is unfounded and not healthy. I also used to secretly give the stink-eye to the Lulelemon spokesmodel on the treadmill next to me with perfectly coiffed hair and matching sneakers. HOW IS SHE NOT EVEN SWEATING!?

As singers, it’s easy to fall into the temptation of comparing ourselves to others. Focus on your fitness goals and move on. If you waste too much time worrying about other people, you’ll miss making your workout time valuable for yourself.

5. Be kind to yourself.
Hey, you made it to the gym today! Give yourself a pat on the back. You could only do a plank for 20 seconds? That’s 20 seconds longer than yesterday. Keep going, and believe you will go beyond those 20 seconds tomorrow and the day after that. Celebrate the little victories and see how far you can go during tomorrow’s workout.

While I still struggle to make the gym part of my daily routine, I try to stay positive and start each day new. Hard work does pay off. Last month, I ran my first 5K through my day job. Although I did a mix of walking and running, I had a blast with my co-workers and fellow participants. You can do it too.

Before: Fierce

After: Every muscle in my body hurts, but I did it! And you can too!