I have spent a fair amount of time in gyms. And anytime I walk in I see all sorts of body types and shapes.
If you are thinking of joining a gym please do not think that everyone there is really fit and muscular or that they are all overweight or god forbid that only certain types of people workout.
The truth is that everyone should be working out.
Here is why.
Weight loss gets all the headlines of working out but there are far more benefits to exercise. And here is a short list of some things to consider.
Better gut function
Better looking skin
Tougher immune system
Not exercising comes with a cost. For example, the heavier you are the more weight you have to deal with in your daily activities and if you muscles are weak that’s more exertion your body has to deal with.
Things like this may seem trivial but they stack up and the short term result is feeling a little more tired and little more drawn out day to day.
Exercise slows these factors and helps your body release hormones that keep you happy and productive.
Okay, you missed a day…… Truthfully you didn’t really miss it. You skipped it. You were enjoying the kids at home. You had family come over. Your favorite move was playing.
Life happens. We aren’t here to judge you for your taste in movies.. but you need to get back on track.
How are you going to do that?
Here is how:
#1 don’t beat yourself up
Missing that one day or week will not derail you from your fitness goal it simply pushes it out a little further. You might be worried that this laps may be the beginning of a bad habit.
This feeling is normal…. It is a sign that you acknowledge that you goals matter to you.
Don’t let this blip rattle your resolve..
Own up to your “Whoopsie”, then move on. Dwelling on it is a waste of time and energy and wont help you get back on track.
#2 own your “whoopsie”
Don’t romanticize your day off. Don’t tell yourself you earned it or that you deserve it.
What you do deserve is that goal you have in your head. The goal you are going to earn.
The point here is to keep yourself accountable. This does not mean punish yourself by feeling bad. It means get back to task, even when the goal and journey is difficult.