Beginner’s Guide to Fitness: Staying Motivated

The first step of integrating fitness into your life is getting started. And honestly, that’s the easy part. When it comes to staying motivated, that’s where 95% percent of people fall off the wagon. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is far from easy. I mean if it was easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? If it was easy, would there be all those quick-fix, fad diets? If it was easy, would we be seeing the rates of obesity drastically increasing?

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Coincidentally, my best blogging friend and fellow workout junkie Caitlyn posted about workout motivation this week as well. Even though she and I talk all day every day, we did not plan this at all, so I’m calling this an unofficial official collaboration because her post is awesome, and I feel like it really adds to some of the points that I’m mentioning in this article.

P.S. If you don’t know who Caitlyn is or haven’t checked out her amazing blog College with Caitlyn, you need to do so right now.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Gym Etiquette

A few weeks ago I had a reader ask me if I could do a post about gym etiquette, and I thought that was a brilliant idea! Everyone is afraid of looking like a newbie in the gym. I’ve been there, pro competitors have been there, and you’ve probably been there as well. The mistakes, mishaps, and misfortunes I’m covering in this post are made by everyone – from the newbies to the pros – so don’t feel like the world will come crashing down if you make one of these mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, but you can strive to be the best version of yourself.

Don't want to look like a newbie in the gym? Follow these gym etiquette do's and don'ts to keep you and the rest of the gym happy!

I remember the first time I ever walked in to the weights section of my campus gym. I was terrified. Yeah I’d trained all summer, but that was with a trainer. That was in a private training studio. This, this was the big leagues. Muscular guys everywhere, so many people knowing what they were doing, and I felt like all eyes were on me. You know those scenes in movies where a character walks in and everyone stops what they’re doing and stares? That’s exactly how I felt. The last thing I wanted was to look like a fool in front of all those people, let alone all the hot guys.

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Beginner’s Guide to Fitness: Where to Start

Whenever I talk about fitness with friends, one comment I always hear is “I have no idea where to even start. I want to change but it all just seems so overwhelming.” Those words have been said to me in so many different ways, but it all boils down to finding a starting point. Trust me, I’ve been there. That weight section is scary as hell (excuse my language), transforming your entire diet overnight seems impossible (probably because it is), and sticking to a routine seems virtually impossible.

Are you wanting to start on a fitness journey but are unsure of where to start? Try trendy workouts and fad diets, but nothing just seems to stick? Here's my guide to starting at the gym and you'll be on your way to accomplishing your fitness goals in no time!

I’ve been there, every fitness person ever has been there, and what you’re feeling is perfectly normal. Incorporating fitness into your life is just like adding anything new into your life — it just takes trial and error. Okay so maybe 6 AM gym sessions aren’t your thing because it leaves you exhausted by the end of the day. You might not be able to prepare your meals every single day.

And guess what? It’s all okay. What matters is that you stick with it and figure out what works for you. That’s the only way you will succeed.

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How to Freshen Up after the Gym in 10 Minutes or Less

Let’s be honest here, one of the main reasons students don’t make it to the gym during their regular weekday is the fear of being sweaty and smelly for their next class. I mean I personally don’t care whether or not I show up to class sweaty because A. it’s usually 32847 degrees and everyone’s sweaty anyways and B. I earned that sweat with a killer workout. With that said, I still try to show up to class looking somewhat presentable even if I just did my oh-so-wonderful leg workout.

Think you don't have time for the gym because you don't have time to shower after your workout? Wrong. This simple 10-minute gym routine will get you in and out of the gym in no time!

This post-gym routine takes about 10 minutes at most and allows me to stay in the gym for as long as possible, which we all know is a plus. Ain’t nobody got time for a 30 minute post gym routine because we all have lives and places to be.

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We’re Taking A Break

Good morning! Wow, Abigail you’re posting a blog post on a Monday? What is this, 2015 or something? I know. I know. But, I have some important news for you.

If you’ve been following Living the Gray Life for a while now, you’ve probably noticed that my posting schedule has been super inconsistent for the past few weeks, and my content hasn’t been top notch. There’s a reason for this: I’ve spread myself too thin.

Between classes, homework, work, the blog, the gym, boys, friends, and trying to figure out my life for the summer, I have no motivation. I’m exhausted, my creative juices have run dry, and blogging has become a chore which is the last thing I want. In order for me to regain control of my life, I need a break. I need a break from something in my life. And sadly that break is going to be in the form of blogging.

I will be back at the end of March or beginning of April, but until then there won’t be any updates on the blog. I’ll still be active on Instagram and Twitter so don’t think I gave up completely 🙂

I’ll see y’all soon!
~abigail gray

Rediscover Your Hometown This Spring Break

Are you heading back home for spring break? Not going on some crazy beach vacation with all your friends? Because girl, same. While I’d love to go to the beach or go on some extravagant trip across the country, that’s just not in the books or the budget for me this year. For spring break I’ll be heading back to good ‘ole Knoxville spending my days at all the doctors appointments I can squeeze in. While I’d usually be down about not doing something fun for spring break, this year I’m looking at the whole staying home for spring break in a new light.

Knoxville has a lot to offer in terms of the hipster vibe that I know and love. I’m talking local coffee shops, cute little restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. I’ve never really truly explored Knoxville in this way before, so while all my friends at UT are still in school slaving away at midterms, I’ll be falling back in love with the city in which I became who I am today.

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