How I Tried (and Miserably Failed) at Committing to Working Out for a Month

Committing to anything in life has always been a challenge for me.

School sports? Could never stay enrolled for more than a month. Learning an instrument? I'd give up after three lessons. Taking an art class? One bad painting, and I was out the door.

What can I say? It takes a lot for me to dedicate myself to an activity day in and day out—exercising included.

Because I've always had a hard time committing to an exercise routine, in the new year, I decided I would put myself to the test, sign up for Class Pass—a company that gives you access to the best gyms and workout classes in your area—and try working out at least two times a week for a month.

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I hoped to complete the full month of workouts and then report back to you my outstanding success and my new and improved ability to fully commit to something.

That didn't happen. So what did?

I went to two lousy workouts and that was it…

Because I don't have a portfolio of classes I took or reviews about the whopping two classes I did attend, I'm here to tell you what this experience actually taught me, and why committing to a simple workout was not as easy as expected.

Like any new year's resolution, the beginning stages are always pretty positive.

My first week, I attended a trampoline fitness class and an aerial fitness class.

After both experiences, I genuinely felt good about myself. Refreshed, powerful and awake, I walked out of those classes thinking I could tackle many more in the following weeks.

And then life happened. I got sick with a terrible cough and cold, and all my motivation flew out the door.

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Week two of the challenge came, and I had absolutely no desire whatsoever to work out. Being sick, stressed and busy doesn't exactly make you want to throw on a pair of sneakers and sweat out all your problems.

I honestly felt really bad that I wasn't able to exercise. Not only was I failing at this challenge, I was letting myself down. This was supposed to be the time I finally committed to something fully… and I totally flopped.

Being the optimist that I am, I vowed that I would see the good in this whole experience and still report to you what I've genuinely learned through this process.

The lesson? Be realistic. Don't set impractical goals or have too high of expectations when you go into something like this. Although it's always great to challenge yourself in new ways, you have to be honest with yourself when setting targets.

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When trying to do anything, you have to ease your way into success. Doing something for a day, a week or even a month is great, but if it's not sustainable it's not for you.

I've learned that it's okay to fail. Next time around, I will reevaluate what I'm capable of doing and go from there. Key thing is, I won't give up.

So maybe I haven't stuck with a sport, truly learned how to play an instrument, mastered my artistic skills or committed to a workout routine, but that doesn't mean I won't someday. At least I've acknowledged that.

Baby steps.

 

I may have failed at my month of working out, but Ashley did not! Read about her unique experience HERE.