Why Is Working Out So Hard?
Because, simply put, laziness in comparison is so easy. It is easy and requires absolutely no motivation to lay on the couch like a slug and do nothing. Trust me, there are days when that is all I want to do. After getting up and doing things all day, there is nothing I want to do LESS than work out when I get home. When I get home, the children are around, there is something else to do or something really cool on TV. There is always something I need to do, so, it’s tough to do after I’ve been going and had other things on my mind all day. And to get up and workout in the morning, I have to set my alarm clock and wake up before any one else does to get it done. Who wants to get up at 5:30 AM to get up and workout? That’s no fun at all. It’s simply a lot easier to just lay in the bed and be lethargic than to get up and sweat and put yourself in pain. I get it. I’ve been there. No one “enjoys” being in pain. No one likes taking the hard road. BUT, that is the road and what needs to happen in order to get results. At The Citadel, we talk about one of Robert Frost’s poems “The Road Less Traveled” where he says in the last paragraph:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
So, why is it, that we know what to do but we don’t do it? The answer is, it’s much easier to follow the crowd and do what they’re doing. That way, we are just like everyone else and don’t get ridiculed and we don’t put ourselves through pain. We also don’t have to deal with the fear of failure or success. We’re just, average but we feel ok about it.
Why Is Working Out So Hard? – The Solution?
It doesn’t have to be hard. Working out can be fun. But, there has to be the right motivation. For me, having graduated from a Military College and seeing family and friends have problems with heart disease and cancer and being on medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure and just living sedentary lives, I knew that was not how I wanted to end up spending my life. So, I decided to make a change, but how to make that change? I didn’t really know what to do. I knew from going to The Citadel that running would be good, but where is the motivation in that for a lazy person? Without motivation, the chances that we will continue to be lazy are VERY high. For me, as I said, my motivation was not getting ripped or looking good, but being healthy. To get healthy, two things are required. Everyone knows what those things are: Eating Right and Exercise. Most people know what to eat and that fast foods, fried foods, processed foods, etc. are not good for you. Most people also know that working out and exercising is good for the body. But, how do you take that head knowledge and turn it into heart knowledge?
In days gone by, our ancestors didn’t really have to worry about those things. They were constantly working in the fields to grow the food they would eat. They worked while getting food so, they were exercising while growing good food. In fact, we see that when we go to Africa. Working out and eating right is something they do for survival, not to just look good or stay off of medications. So, you have to find your own motivation.
Why Is Working Out So Hard? – It Doesn’t Have To Be
For me, I knew a gym membership would have been wasted. I was going to work about 7 or 7:30 AM so to get up early, get to the gym, get in cardio and weights and then shower and get to work just wasn’t going to happen. To get off of work at 5:30 or 6 PM and then go to the gym and spend time away from my family when I knew they were home was just too much to ask. Plus, I just wasn’t a gym person.
For me, the perfect answer was the Beachbody programs. I can get up, workout at home, take a shower in my own shower, not have to worry about the gym fees and I can get up and get a quick workout in before everyone got up and get it done. My program of choice when I started was P90X. We now have so many other options like 21 Day Fix, Les Mills Body Combat, T25, P90X3, etc. and coupled with Shakeology, it’s a win win for everyone. Workout at home with no equipment or minimal equipment, don’t worry about the gym and get a great meal in your body every day with shakeology. We even have programs like 21 Day Fix that have portion control built into them so you not only eat right, you don’t eat too much.
Contact me and let me help you figure out the best Challenge Pack for you and we can also put you in an accountability group on Facebook so you can workout with buddies in the online gym. I’m here to help you. USE ME!!