At the beginning of the year, you always see comments from people involved in fitness about how all the “New Years Resolutioners” are clogging up the gym, but thankfully, they’ll be gone by the end of January.
I’ll be honest, I used to be one of these people. (Full disclosure – at this point, I only have a pool membership, not a full gym membership.) But I’ve also started to think that maybe we’re looking at this the wrong way.
Sure, there are going to be annoying people who show up at the gym and get in the way and clearly have no intent on exercising (lady with perfect makeup and hair, I’m looking at you). Thankfully, those people will likely be gone by the end of the month.
But what about the newbies who are using the new year to spur themselves into action. Shouldn’t we be supporting them rather than deriding their efforts? When someone is struggling with a new machine, shouldn’t we walk over and show them how to do it rather than roll our eyes? Yes, more people at the gym does mean that things are more crowded and machines might not always be free. But that’s generally how a gym works.
When I first started really working out, I was self-conscious enough as it was. I didn’t want to think that other gym-goers were irritated by my presence. Getting started is tough. Rather than allowing irritation to show through, we should support the New Years Resolutioners and encourage them to stay through January and beyond.