As busy human beings fighting traffic and conflicting schedules every day, we’re plagued with self doubt. Why? Well, I’m not a scientist, but I do know that whenever things get hectic, the last person I consider caring for is myself.
The simple fact that a long commute can remove every shred of desire to hit the gym is depressing in its own right. We want to spend more time at home, we want to spend more time with our families - getting to the gym can almost instil a sense of guilt.
Craziness, I know.
But the reality is that when our brains are programmed to find the bad in everything, we often opt for the path of least resistance.
Case in point: we avoid the gym, and it’s owed to a gluttony of excuses (bad turn of phrase, sorry) like …
You know what, I’m not even going to list the excuses. To state them here would give them validity, and I’m not going to do that. Let’s talk about the positive ways you can overcome your internal limitations to get into the gym, into your runners, or onto the court.
A lot of people get stressed about fitness because they only imagine the heavy weights and the exhausting exercises they want to accomplish. Well, what if you only had to worry about warming up?
There are specific movements and stretches you can do prior to any workout to activate your body, but the hidden benefit is the effect on the mind. Of course you don’t feel like working out the minute you get to the gym - the good news is all you need to commit to is the warmup, and then you can see what happens after that.
An instructor at the winter club told me a couple weeks ago that diet was in some ways more crucial to weight loss than a regular fitness routine. This is good news, because while you don’t necessarily have control over your fitness schedule, you have to eat, and you do have control over your diet.
Stocking up on healthy food for every meal of the day makes it a lot easier to choose a tasty and nutritious snack. If you’re fuelling your body properly, building on your dynamic warmup with a challenging workout will come much more naturally.
The problem with most fitness regimens aren’t getting them started, it’s keeping them going for the long haul. Anyone can boldly proclaim they’re turning over a new leaf and hit the gym five times in one week, but it’s maintaining those habits and that lifestyle that’s the real challenge.
So stop worrying so much about what you’ll like in a month or next year.
Focus on today. What can you do today to make yourself better and more healthy? Today is an opportunity to eat right and spend some time improving your health. A few hours in the gym each week is no big deal when you’re eating and warming up properly, right?