There is a wall in fitness that you must get over to start reaching your goals, and you can do it! When you do, you go from the stress of having to work out to making extra time for yourself, excited to workout. So how does this complete flip happen?
First off, let’s look at two common reasons people can’t get over the wall. Reason one, they don’t like the feeling of working out. They know fitness is good for them and believe in all the benefits but it’s just too uncomfortable. Some people don’t like to sweat, put on gym clothes, put their bodies through stress or feel tired during a workout. It’s nearly impossible to convince an adult to do something that they dread, let alone ask them to come back for more.
The second reason is that they don’t see the immediate benefit to what they are doing. They don’t mind working out, they may even like the way it feels. But If they don’t see results in the short-term, it’s not long before they lose interest and choose another way to spend their time.
If these common reasons keep you from getting over the wall, you don’t get to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on the other side.
So how does one overcome these two problems to get over the wall? Find a deeper purpose for being healthy and then trust the process. Ok, I know that is kind of an annoyingly simple answer but it’s the truth. Short term goals and process goals are important, but if you don’t have a true north star its easy to get off track and not get back on.
A deeper purpose won’t let you quit in week four when you forget to bring the right shoes or in week eight when you still can’t see your abs. When you are driven with a deeper purpose for a healthier life and trust the process of fitness, you will be over the wall before you even notice the wall in the first place. Once you are on the other side, how you see fitness will change from something you have to do to something you want to do.
To find your deeper purpose look to the future. Look 10, 20, 30 years down the road and imagine reaching your goals in life. Maybe it’s playing catch with your kids or grand kids, running your own business, traveling around the world, giving back to your community…what do you imagine? Now think about how you got there. Did you take your personal health seriously enough to stay energized and push through hard times? If you imagine yourself at the top of your game to achieve these life goals then there is no doubt you have your deeper purpose. Just keep that image of your future self in your mind and remind yourself what it took to get there.
The fitness wall is real and without the right reasons behind your actions, it could stop you dead in your tracks. Find the right reasons and a deeper purpose to why your health matters to you and you might not have to go over the wall, you will smash right through it.