Here’s a question to start off your day: How would you react if you knew you could not fail at fitness if you just showed up, every day?
How would you feel if you knew that the most important thing about exercise is pressing “play” on your DVD player, lacing up your shoes and just showing up?
Because when it comes down to it…that’s the most important thing you need to do.
Have you ever considered that exercising regularly isn’t a physical change that you have to make?
It’s a mental one!
When we first start to exercise regularly, we get sore. Our muscles rebel from the moves/weights/etc. we did when we exercised. As a matter of fact, we make tiny little tears in our muscles when we exercise. When they grow back together, those muscles become stronger!
But there’s another muscle that must be tested every. single. time. we. exercise.
It’s our brain.
Intuitively, it’s very difficult to exercise at first. We are most likely out of shape when we begin, and we want to quit because, well, it feels like we are dying.
We think that maybe the second time we exercise will be better, but it’s just as bad. We feel sore, we feel weak, and we may still get out of breath quickly.
After about a week of the same results, we mentally believe that this is it. We won’t get any stronger, and our growth is so incrementally small that it’s not worth putting our bodies through that “trauma” anymore.
I remember starting to get in shape 3 years ago and calling my brother at 7 am, excitedly sharing that I had ran .7 miles. That was HUGE for me! I started by running .2 miles, and tried to run .1 mile more every other day.
Did I feel silly at the gym, in the midst of the avid runners surrounding me? Yes.
Did I throw myself a little pity party when my growth was that incrementally small? Yes.
Did I quit? No!
And that’s what got me to where I am today.
As you work towards a physical health goal, the #1 way to get to where you want to be is to never, ever give up. Even if you feel miserable and sore and don’t feel like it’s worth your time…..believe me, it’s worth your time. Your healthier 60- or 70- year old self will be thanking you for sticking it out and making your physical health a priority, because pushing past your mental boundaries can add years to your healthier, fuller life.
Don’t give up on yourself. You deserve to be in good health. Do you know that? <3
In peace & health,
Amanda & the Fit Family