Gym Junkies, this one is for you.
Much of what’s being written this week is geared towards those making New Years resolutions to get to the gym/get healthy/lose weight.
I know you’re tempted to grumble: There are new people, they’re taking your parking spots and hogging the equipment, they don’t know what they’re doing and they’re throwing off your routine.
I’ve got a goal for you instead.
Let them remind you where you started.
Remember how overwhelming it can be to start a new, healthy lifestyle. Remember how intimidating it can be to walk into the gym — the unfamiliar territory, with intimidating equipment and unapproachable people who all seem to know what they’re doing.
The frustration that your body can’t do what you want it to yet.
The excitement at conquering every single workout.
Remind yourself where you started and how far you’ve come — then go help one of the resolutioners on their journey.
If you see them using the equipment wrong, help them.
If you see them getting discouraged, help them.
If you see them looking unsure of what to do next, help them.
Sure, trying to workout around a crowd can be frustrating. You joke, “they’ll be gone by February.”
But maybe with some kind words from you they won’t be. Your workout isn’t any more important than theirs.
Self-righteousness won’t make you gain muscle faster.
Their journey may be just beginning, but their health and happiness is every bit as important as yours.
So rather than begrudging the “New Year, New Me” crowd, welcome them. Use their new-found passion to help re-ignite your own.