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2 Easy Steps to Get Motivated to Start Working out


At one point in my life, I refrained from looking at myself in a full-length mirror for the fear of seeing, the special K that seemed to grow overnight.

Then there are the mirrors, the long reflective piece of glass that is everywhere in the gym, which get some people running.
One day, after a quick session of riding the stationary bike at the gym, I felt a little more intimidated than normal, so I dashed to the women’s locker room and in my mad dash attempt to leave the gym floor I was approached by the woman who had the flawless body of a goddess.

The possibilities are endless. Always remember you are in control of the physical fitness results you achieve, so take the reins and workout to the beat of your own drum!


Ah, They Have Mirrors

Submitted by: Natalie Joseph

Edited: by Jennifer Sittig

Do you remember the first time you stepped foot into a gym? I remember my first time like it was yesterday. The smell of sweat, the loud sound of weights being dropped, the intimidation of the lady who glides into the gym as if she is walking on a cloud with her 36, 24, 36 measurements. Who looks like that? Then there are the mirrors, the long reflective piece of glass that is everywhere in the gym, which get some people running. At one point in my life, I refrained from looking at myself in a full-length mirror for the fear of seeing, the special K that seemed to grow overnight. I could not bring myself to understand why I was forcing myself to go to the gym, much less, pay to go to the gym, was I crazy, with all the intimidation that was waiting for me around every corner, particularly the mirrors.



One day, after a quick session of riding the stationary bike at the gym, I felt a little more intimidated than normal, so I dashed to the women’s locker room and in my mad dash attempt to leave the gym floor I was approached by the woman who had the flawless body of a goddess. She stopped me and said “I see you here often, and it is hard to find someone that comes to the gym as consistently as you do.” I thanked her and told her it was a struggle. She then proposed we become workout partners because we both were dedicated to becoming fit and we could be a source of strength for one another. The woman, with all of her tenacity and dedication, who I was so intimidated by, became the best workout partner. She inspired me to learn that the mirrors, the enormous weights, the beautiful bodies and the intimidation of the equipment at the gym were not as bad as I had made them. She made me realize my fear of the gym and how perceived #myidentity was impeding my progress of achieving the fitness goals I had set for myself.


  1. Go to the gym during off-peak hours, such as later in the evening or in the early afternoon. Mondays and Wednesdays always seem to be crowded.

  2. Find a friend who strives for the same things you do. Having a workout partner helps you when you do not want to be there. This person becomes a source of strength when you need it the most.


Find a friend who strives for the same things you do. Having a workout partner helps you when you do not want to be there. This person becomes a source of strength when you need it the most.

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