It can often seem as though the hardest part of getting fit and strong is just getting started. This is why it can be quite frustrating to think of our lazy habits in the past when we begin to workout, as when we build that momentum we realize that starting was hardly as difficult as we had thought, and the cost of our physical and mental investment is paid back so intensely that deciding to get fit and healthy should have been an obvious choice from the start.
You’d be surprised just how many people may want to get fit, but are still unsure of where to begin or if the effort is truly worth it. Often, the most difficult boundary that stops us from getting started are the inner falsehoods we have accepted. For instance, we might think that it’s fine for us not to work out or get healthy, as we are more focused on developing ourselves mentally and academically instead. But even the smartest person can benefit tremendously from maintaining their mental acuity with training.
Let’s consider what other false stories we tell ourselves that prevent us from getting fit in the beginning, and how to overcome them:
All-or-nothing thinking is dangerous because it means that if you don’t 100% conform to the absolute perfection in your workout and dieting habits, you feel that it’s justifiable to return to your old bad habits (drinking often, eating fast food regularly) until you hit another ‘milestone’ and return to try again. Perhaps you’ve thought ‘I’ll start again on the 1st of the month!’ which gives you another 15 days of bad habits you have to work off again in the future. Don’t think in all-or-nothing terms, instead focus on better habits, measure your progress, and do what you can, even if this simply means installing new gym flooring in your home gym. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Fitness Is All Pain & Difficulty
For some of the marketing material you see out there, it’s not hard to think that the only people who stay consistent in fitness are those with a warrior’s spirit, or those who have the purpose of a champion. You don’t have to fight for every single scrap of benefit you get when living a fit and healthy lifestyle. In fact, discipline is actively helpful. It’s your friend.
Sure, it has requirements and asks you to try your best, but the actual return on investment you get is tremendously in your favor, to the point where before long a five mile run actually seems like a totally nourishing and enjoyable thing to do, because you’ve earned and trained for that to be the case. This is why people talk about the benefits of fitness – it’s not a grim duty, but something that can truly aid your life in so many ways it’s almost too good to be true.
Getting Fit Is A Linear Process
No, it’s not. You have good weeks and bad weeks. After eight weeks or so of working out, it’s good to take a week off. You might find that adjusting your schedule from time to time is healthy to give yourself a new challenge. You might not feel particularly strong one day, but after a good rest, you might come back more robust than ever. Feeling that health and fitness pursuits offer totally linear progress will only demotivate you on those days you might feel deflated.
With this advice, we hope you can continue to become your fittest self by first busting those false negative impressions that are easy to curate.