We all choose to train with different priorities in mind, be it for aerobic fitness, strength, muscular development, appearance etc. Obviously the effect it can have on the body is very rewarding and seeing yourself progress and develop over a period of time can be very satisfying.
However, the biggest reason why I exercise and push my body to the limits every time I step in the gym, is down to how it makes me feel. I could go to the gym anxious, stressed or feeling down and leave an entirely different person. Exercise for me, takes the edge off. It makes me a calmer, happier person. The best part of my day is getting into the weights room and releasing all the tension and angst out of my body. As a result, it has and always will be a constant part of my day-to-day routine.
What is the key to getting results? Making exercise a habit, not a chore. I can guarantee that if you learn to love exercise and how it makes you feel, the results will start to come. If you view exercise as a chore or dread going to a bootcamp or stepping into a gym, then inevitably it’s not going to become a regular occurrence in your life. If you have the choice between sitting on the couch watching TV or going to a class that you detest, it’s pretty obvious which option you’re going to pick. If you train solely for results and get very little satisfaction from the exercise you’re doing, then it’s highly unlikely to become a consistency in your life. Which is why I would suggest trying your hand at everything.
Some people will adore the weights room while others will be allergic to it. A lot of people could jog for days while many will hate the idea of it. Give as many different forms of exercise a go and figure out what suits your body and lifestyle the best. When you find a style of exercise you enjoy, it’s not going to be a chore anymore. It will become a habit. And like the old saying goes, “old habits die hard.” Don’t force a style of exercise upon yourself just because it’s all the rage. Figure out what works best for you and the results will follow closely behind.
Feel free to give me a message on my Facebook page if there is anything you’d like me to cover in relation to exercise, nutrition or mind-set in the coming weeks.