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Why gyms aren’t just for ‘gym people’

Over the years I have often found that the idea of a ‘Gym’ lies very differently with people and the role it plays in their lives. 

I find that a lot of people often refer to themselves as ‘not a gym person’. Now I am not sure what they are trying to say by that, but I can only imagine what they mean is that they aren’t someone who likes the idea of training at a gym or they have some other negative connotation to what a ‘gym person’ is.

Now if you are reading this, and are one of those non-gym people then I’d like to offer you another perspective.

For some people, the gym is where they do 100% of their exercise/activity. It’s what they enjoy doing and they feel amazing for it.

Others go to the gym more to supplement the other things in their lives. They aren’t necessarily ‘gym people’ but they appreciate the role it plays and how it benefits them outside of the gym. Which is ultimately why they enjoy it.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • People who play sports use the gym to help improve their performance, reduce their chances of injury and to help recover
  • Those recovering from a past injury, operation or condition will use the gym to rehabilitate and strengthen those areas
  • Parents will use the gym to maintain their strength and aerobic fitness so they can stay active with their kids on the weekend
  • Gardeners will come to the gym to stay strong and mobile so they can do more of what they love
  • Tradies will train at the gym to make sure their bodies can handle the vigorous work they do and reduce chances of repetitive use injuries
  • Walkers and Hikers with train at the gym to strengthen their legs and build muscular endurance so they can walk further and climb higher

So the takeaway here is that the gym doesn’t have to be your only means of keeping fit and healthy. It can however play a huge role in making sure you can do more of the things you love, for longer. 

We understand that getting started in a gym can be daunting, especially when you haven’t been in one before. So if you’d like to talk to a coach about how the gym could benefit you, we’d love to hear from you. 

Nathan Spring

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