Saying ‘I do’ to Exercise

Posted: August 15, 2015 in health and fitness

We all go through that stage in life where we’re not sure if we’re ready to settle down- those non-committed days always seem like the best. The days where we can do what we want, eat what we feel, and party till the sun comes up. But then it suddenly dawns on you, and you realize those days aren’t anything compared to the joy you get from being in a committed relationship, having someone that is always there to depend on, someone you can always turn to, someone to help you grow and develop as a person- a genuine positive influence to your life.

Have you ever sat down and thought that being active and working out is a commitment similar to that of being in a relationship. To ensure you get the best out of your workout and that you are continuously growing, developing and reaching your goals, here’s a few tips you need to follow to make sure you are getting the most out of your exercise program.

Honesty

The first thing you need is honesty, there is nothing worse than going to the gym and only being able to do 10 push-ups, then going around to all your friends, every body on Facebook, Instagram and any other social media there is, saying you did 100 push-ups, dead lifted 170 kg and squatted 180kg. The truth will always come out eventually, and further more, if you cannot be honest with yourself or others about your ability, then you could end up injuring yourself one day actually trying to do the things you say, or giving up prematurely because you don’t think you are progressing fast enough. Exercise takes time, if you see someone in the gym bench-pressing 300kg- it’s because they have been working on it for years. Success doesn’t come over night- don’t be afraid to be honest about your ability- everyone has got to start somewhere.

Dedication

Dedication is always a must when it comes to putting in that work at the gym, there is nothing worse than going to the gym and putting in 50% and saying you gave it your all. If you continue to give a mediocre performance at the gym you will not get the results you think you deserve- and that is simply because you don’t deserve them. You cannot half commit and expect to get anything back, those couple reps you fall short on, or that set you think is ok to skip ‘that day’ turns into that set you skip every other day- and then before you know it you’ve been working out for almost a year and have hardly any progress to show for it- you can only blame yourself.

Fun

Fun is a must! Just like being in a relationship- if your not enjoying it anymore, why would you continue? It will become a chore rather than something you look forward too. You won’t continue to work out if you’re not having a good time, be sure to find the fun in exercise. It doesn’t matter what you do, whether you love to swim at the beach, play volleyball, or lift weights with your friends at the gym. Just make sure you love what you do.

Loyalty

Loyalty is probably the most important factor when it comes to working out, if you decide to stray on your Friday evening leg workout to go drinking with the boys, soon you’ll find yourself skipping every Friday night workout, to go and do something else. If you can’t stay committed to your workout routine, it will fall apart, and you’ll never be able to reach your goal of running that 5k or doing those 50 sit-ups, because you’re so preoccupied with doing everything else rather than working out.

Support and Encouragement

Just like in any relationship if you don’t get the support and encouragement from your partner, you will eventually stray to someone that is more interested in your growth and development. Encouragement is a must, and that is why it is always a good idea to track your progression, because if you don’t- how will you know if you’re improving or not? Keeping a record of your progress is definitely the best way to keep you motivated and inspired to keep up with the exercise program. Success!

Time Apart

As the old saying goes ‘everything in moderation’ you cant spend every waking moment with your significant other, no matter how much you love her, you will eventually get sick of seeing her face everyday, and that’s just like the gym. Having ‘time apart’ or ‘rest days’ is essential for growth, it’s the time that you repair, build and develop. Spending too much time working out can be detrimental to your health and performance as it could lead to over training.

Progress

You must build together, if you stay stagnant for too long you are likely to get bored; you have you make sure you keep pushing yourself accordingly. If you find that bicep curl on 15kg is getting too easy, increase the weight. Just like in any relationship you need to be continuously working on it to ensure that you keep moving forward and remain a successful unit. Progression is a must- don’t be afraid to increase the weight, but be certain you are ready for it. If you try to progress too early it could cause and injury, which may lead to an indefinite set back.

Exploration- Trying New Things

Exploration- no one likes the same moves over and over again, you mustn’t be afraid to try new things, different exercises, or pieces of equipment that you may not be familiar with. If you believe your routine is becoming somewhat monotonous, then mix it up, and try a different location or discover new techniques. Bring the spark back into your routine!

Cheating

Everybody knows the ultimate no-no when it comes to relationships is cheating. And don’t be fooled, cheating on your work out is just as bad! Those cheat days, as much as you look forward to them, a cheat is still a cheat. Instead of altering you life so that you feel the urge to binge for one day of the week, why don’t you adjust your lifestyle so that you can enjoy a chocolate or two, a glass of wine occasionally or a slice of pizza without it being considered a ‘cheat’.

If you are looking for a long-term change to your body, health, and fitness level, you need to learn to say ‘I do’ to exercise and don’t let anything get it your way. The only way to be successful and maintain longevity in this new chapter of your life is to be fully committed, and you will come out the best man for the job.

Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted to see and say ‘I Do’ to exercise.

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