12 Aug 2019
If you’ve ever felt like giving up on your exercise routine then this focus on fitness article is for you. I’ve been struggling with it myself recently but here is how I get back on track… I am struggling today. If you’ve ever struggled to be consistent with something you know you should do, maybe my struggle will resonate with you. Outside of playing football last weekend, it has been more than three weeks since I’ve felt like I’ve done a decent workout. You know that workout, one where I was sweating during it and feeling a bit sore a day or two later. I used to work out regularly but recently life (and laziness) has got in the way. How can I not make time to exercise when my wife is an instructor, I’ve been a personal trainer for 20+ years and I own two gyms?
Here’s what I try to remind myself when I feel like giving up and focus on fitness…
- Your Mind is a Suggestion Engine – Consider every thought you have as a suggestion, not an order. Now my mind is suggesting that I feel tired. It is suggesting that I give up. It is suggesting that I take an easier path. If I pause for a moment, however, I can discover new suggestions. My mind is also suggesting that I will feel very good about accomplishing this workout once it is done. It is suggesting that I will respect the identity I am building when I stick to the schedule. It is suggesting that I have the ability to finish this task, even though I don’t feel like it right now. I remember that none of these suggestions are orders, however. They are merely options. I have the power to choose which option I follow.
- Discomfort Is Temporary – Relative to the time in your normal day or week, nearly any habit you perform is over quickly. A workout is done in an hour, the report will be typed to completion by tomorrow and this article will be finished in just a moment. Life is easier now than it has ever been. 300 years ago, if you didn’t kill your own food and build your own house, you would die. Today, we whine about forgetting our iPhone charger. Maintain perspective. Your life is good and your discomfort is temporary. Step into this moment of discomfort and let it strengthen you.
- You Will Never Regret A Workout Once It is Done – We want our stomachs to be flat and our arms to be strong, but we don’t want to grind through another workout. We want the final result, but not the failed attempts that precede it. We want the gold, but not the grind. Anyone can want a gold medal but few people want to train like an Olympian. And yet, despite our resistance to it, I have never found myself feeling worse after the hard work was done. There have been days when it was damn hard to start, but it was always worth finishing. Sometimes, the simple act of showing up and having the courage to do the work, even in an average manner, is a victory worth celebrating.
- This Is Life – Life is a constant balance between giving in to the ease of distraction or overcoming the pain of discipline. It is not an exaggeration to say that our lives and identities defined in this delicate balance. What is life, if not the sum of a hundred thousand daily battles and tiny decisions to either gut it out or give it up? This moment when you don’t feel like doing the work? It’s not a moment to be thrown away. This is not a dress rehearsal. This moment is your life as much as any other moment. Spend it in a way that will make you proud. So, what do I do when I feel like giving up? I show up. Do I show up at my best? I doubt it but my job isn’t to judge how good or how bad I am. My job is to get through the grind, to get the gold…. and so is yours…
Thanks for sharing Duncan and if you are looking to kickstart your own inspirational health and fitness story… Simply call 1300 040 479 or drop in to see the friendly Coffs Coast Health Club team at either Toormina or Moonee Beach to get started today.