What’s easier, pushing a boulder up hill, or keeping it up the hill?
What’s easier, getting fit, or staying fit?
If you are new to fitness, there’s one thing that you need to know. You’ve heard that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Well, with fitness, the fit get fitter.
I’ll be brutally honest here, if you are not in shape right now, the deck is stacked against you. Your body does not want to be fit. It’s not efficient. Your body will only lose weight if it absolutely has to.
That might be bad news at first, but it should also keep you motivated during hard times.
Think of it like this. If you know that it will take you at least six months of dedicated effort to achieve results, then you shouldn’t complain about why things are not happening unless you’ve gone through those six months with full effort.
This is why having a personal trainer so valuable, because that trainer is at the top of the mountain and they can reach their hand down to help pull you up. Your friend who is also not fit, is not in the position to pull you up like a trainer does.
One very important thing that can help you climb the mountain of fitness is to find something that you enjoy, or at the very least can tolerate. But beware, enjoying your fitness program typically only happens when you are fit. The fit get fitter.
If you can just hold on, just long enough for some "magic" to happen. Because once you start seeing just a little bit of results, you will start to associate those results with what you did to get them. At that point, you may begin to develop that fitness mindset. That pure enjoyment, not because it’s so fun, but because the results are so great.
Let me break down the three steps that I just detailed.
You are not fit, and you don’t like exercising. It’s a chore. Somewhere deep down you don’t even believe that there’s a connection between fitness workouts and results. You live in Hopelesstown, USA.
You are still not really fit, but you’ve begun the process. You’ve seen enough to be able to correlate your exercise program with your preliminary results. In this step you have "directionality," meaning you are not to the final destination but you can tell that you are on the right path. You know at a deeper level that if you continue to walk this path you will get to where you want to be.
You have built up some serious momentum. Momentum is your friend here. You are in the stage where you could stop working out for months and still at least maintain a general fitness level. But you would never let that happen, because you are so tied to fitness as part of your life that not working out seems weird to you. You are fit and the fit get fitter.
If you are a beginner, don't give up. Reach out to someone who can help you get past the hard part. Because, I promise you, there does come a point where it's harder to NOT workout than it is to workout.
Let me know how I can help. Thanks!