Let Go of Easy
Let Go of Easy
Every time someone starts up a new fitness program, they never anticipate just how difficult it will actually be. While it might seem nice to look on the bright side and anticipate it being fun, that’s not quite the case.
You should be able to set your expectations right out of the gate knowing that fitness will not be easy, and it probably won’t be too fun at first, either. However, it will get you the results that you want to see.
If getting in shape really was easy, everyone would have done it by now. However, that’s not the case. One part of fitness that people underestimate is the amount of time it takes for you to really get in shape.
You may have read a headline in a magazine before about how someone miraculously lost 50 pounds in a month, or something along those lines. This is not going to be the case at all, and in fact the progress can be quite slow.
When you see someone who’s really in shape, chances are they’ve been working out consistently for years on end. You might have gone a month or two before without seeing the results you wanted before giving up.
Your body needs time to change and adjust, and it’s a slow process that takes many months before seeing any significant progress. This is something that you should know and expect going into fitness.
This idea also applies to your individual workouts. While nobody expects you to do a few hours of exercise each day as if you were getting ready for a bodybuilding competition, you should be putting in at least 30 minutes or more of work.
If you need to slow down your pace, you can, but to really see results you need to be doing more than 10 minutes – and that small amount is only for higher intensity workouts.
There are tons of people who think popping in each day for a quick 10-minute jog on the treadmill will be enough to get results. While it will help, that little amount of exercise is not going to take you very far quickly.
It might help a bit if you’re much more out of shape, but for most people, it’ll be fairly ineffective. Another hard part of fitness is dieting. Dieting is how you really lose weight, and is just as important as standard exercise.
Dieting is not fun for anyone, no matter how much they pretend to enjoy it. Eventually you get used to it and don’t mind adhering to it, but really it’s a hard part of fitness that you have to fully commit to doing.