1 Effective Way To Get In Shape And Enjoy It!
I’m writing this blog because of something that happened last weekend, and I want to share an incredibly helpful piece of advice about how to get in shape and becoming healthier. It’s not an instant solution, but it works, and has worked for countless people.
I was at a Halloween party and an acquaintance of mine informed me that a mutual friend passed away. I used to work with her when I was a teenager and I was shocked to hear this because she wasn’t even 30.
She passed away due to complications following a lap band surgery. She was becoming increasingly overweight and it was getting to the point where she was unhealthy. To combat this obesity issue she decided to have surgery. She experienced complications and never made it back home from the surgery. Instead she died in the hospital about a week after surgery. She left behind a young child.
The sad part about the story above is that it was completely preventable with diet and exercise.
I don’t say this to scare people. Well maybe I sort of do, because most of us, as I’m sure you’re aware, rarely change our ways preemptively. Instead we wait till things get really bad. Finally when something rattles us we start looking for a solution. But you’re health isn’t something you should wait on improving.
The message that I would like to drive home to you today is that your health and fitness is important. It matters! Your life, and the quality of that life, absolutely depends on your health. You can get by with unhealthy habits but eventually it’s going to catch up to you. When this happens you’ll spend all your energy, money and time trying to get some measure of health back.
So understand that your health and your fitness is a big deal. It’s not just for exercise fanatics.
If you are one of those people who is at a loss for what to do to get healthier and and in shape. I’m going to share one piece of advice. Something that I think would be the most helpful in regards to getting in shape and staying in shape. In fact, I feel confident saying that it could help you get in shape and change your life. Because it absolutely changed mine.
Find Something That You Enjoy
In order to achieve better health and fitness. To look better and to feel better. Start by finding some form of fitness that you enjoy. I believe it really is that simple. When you find some form of exercise that you enjoy. Getting in shape and becoming healthier ,while it’s not easy, is much easier.
If You Enjoy It, It’s Not Work
When you enjoy your exercise. You look forward to it, and you’re excited about what you’re doing. Working out becomes easy to continue and easy to be consistent. Consistency is the most important thing.
People get weight lifting gym memberships all the time and they’re miserable. They don’t really look forward to it, and once they’re there they count down the minutes till they can leave. This is just not going to be a sustainable habit.
The Toughest Part Of Health And Fitness
For most people the dieting and eating the correct foods is the toughest part. I mean if everyone was drinking lots of water, eating vegetables and lean meat. The rate of people becoming obese would probably be very low. But every day we are bombarded with sugary treats, baked goods, salty snacks and all sorts of different things that require willpower and motivation to avoid.
When you find a form of exercise that you really enjoy. Something you really invest yourself. It has a sort of synergistic effect with your diet. You’ll discover that your diet has a direct correlation with your performance and the way you feel. So the motivation will come from the fact that when you eat better, you perform better. Performing better in the sport/exercise you do, feels good. Feeling good at something you enjoy is a heck of a motivator and positive association. This makes it so much easier to get in shape.
Results Are A Boost
If you found a form of fitness that you like and you’ve begun to eat a better diet. You’ll most likely see some results fairly quickly. This again is a huge motivator. I know from experience that nothing feels better than stepping on the scale and watching the numbers pop up a few pounds less than what they were last week, or putting on a pair jeans that used to be tight and now fit loose around the waist. Little wins like this provide a big morale booster and will help keep you on track.
Eventually The Motivation Comes From You
If you stick with training long enough and continue to eat well. Eventually the motivation will no longer be external. Instead it will become intrinsic. Eventually the motivation and the willpower that you seek to do the right things will come from within.
If you’ve heard someone say, “It’s a lifestyle.” This is what they are getting at whether they know it or not. It definitely takes a while, just like it took a while to form unhealthy lifestyle habits. But eventually exercising, eating well and being in shape will just be what you do. The key is consistency and persistence. You gotta stick with it and you can’t give up, and the linchpin for all this is being a part of some activity or training that you enjoy.
Which Activities To Try
My last piece of advice. Sorry I know this blog is a little long. What I’ve noticed is that people stick with training when they feel a part of a group or community. This is why a lot of people come to try Boxing, BJJ or CrossFit at our gym. They’re getting in shape and becoming a part of a group.
Also, if you’ve never been in shape before. Finding a place where you’re coached is huge. Again, this takes away more of the thinking and willpower needed to get going for your workouts. If you have a coach, you just follow whatever they say.
Coming into a place where you’re surrounded by people doing the same thing and are being led by coaches, is a much different experience than just going to a gym solo or working out from your home. Seeking out a exercise experience that is community driven and led by coaches may be the way to go for you as well.
Most places that are led by coaches (BJJ, Boxing, Yoga, CrossFit, Etc) offer a free class. Take advantage of this.
Go Find It
So good luck to you. Go find something you’d like to try and check out a class. See how you like it. If you like it, start training and enjoy the results that will come.
I hope this information was helpful to you. If it was, please share the blog with someone who you think it may help as well.
Thanks for reading!