We’ll get straight to the point with this blog.
Fitness can change you life but not in the way many people expect it to our in the way that it is portrayed by many gyms, fitness centres, trainers, etc.
If you were to believe everything you read on the internet or saw on youtube, instagram, etc. you could be excused for thinking that everyone who trains is happy and has no problems.
All you need to do is:
- drop some weight
- get stronger
- eat better
- achieve your goals
- post about your training all over Facebook and twitter
- Upload tons of pics to Instagram
Once you do all that you’ll definitely be happy and problem free.
Unfortunately this is total bullshit and if you expect this from your training you are setting yourself up for failure the minute you hit a little bump in the road.
The reality is that training and a healthier lifestyle will change your life and make you happier but you are still going to have problems and crappy days in your life.
It’ll change you life in ways such as:
- giving you the enthusiasm to play soccer with your kids
- Give you the ability to get-up-and-go in the morning
- Positively affect illness that you may be suffering from—–>> always following the advice of your doctor
- increased energy for life, hobbies, etc.
- giving you a physical outlet for stress
- teaching you the importance of setting a goal and working towards achieving it
- reducing your chances of lifestyle related diseases such as type 2 diabetes——>> nasty stuff
- Increasing your confidence- looking better, feeling better and being physically and mentally more capable has a massive impact on this
- Maintaining a healthy body fat %, weight, good posture, etc.
- allow you to experience better relationships (it’s hard to do this when you feel tired all the time, lack confidence, etc.)
These are all massively powerful benefits of getting fit and living healthily and most of the time they are going to be going on in the background of your life but they don’t stop:
- kids getting sick
- your work schedule getting a bit crazy
- you pick up an injury- a fall, a virus, a hit during rugby, etc
- financial stress
- arguments with family and friends
- tension at work
- cold, wet days when you need to get up at 6.10am
- heavy study demands for your course
- You need to move house
- You change career
- Death of someone close to you
you know what I mean………..LIFE.
Shit happens and when it does there’s not much you can do about it.
- Kids got sick? You’ll handle it a lot better seeing as you lost 3 stone of junk weight over the past 10 months.
- Studying an extra 8 hours a week on top of work? Imaging having to do it 3 months ago when you were downing 2 litres of coke a day, drinking no water, no exercise and living on coco pops and deli sandwiches.
- Moving house? Thank god you’ve gotten stronger over the past 6 months- couches, t.v.s, beds, etc. will be a lot easier to move
- Stressful day at work? Release some stress and frustration by hitting the gym- deadlifts fix almost anything
I see so many people making decisions to get fit and healthy based off of unrealistic expectations of how it will change their life and this is often fed into by trainers, fitness centres, etc. Once they hit a bump they can’t understand why things aren’t going perfect and usually quit.
If you’ll only keep fit, eat nutritious food and live a healthy lifestyle depending on how smoothly your life runs then you simply won’t stay with it for very long.
Whether you agree or disagree, let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Until next time, train hard, train smart and stay healthy (and expect challenges along the way).