I’m not saying that fitness freaks are the perfect humans (ok maybe just perfect on the outside) but the amount of time, sweat, blisters and calouses it takes to be THAT fit and look THAT fit, surely they must have some admirable qualities that all of us should adopt. Plus I’m writing this post to address something that I’m really passionate about and hopefully I’m able to inspire some of you to start training and take your health and fitness to the next level 🙂
1. Dedication and commitment
Dedicating your time and committing to something this hard is never a smooth and easy ride. Now if you’re comparing dedicating your time and committing to practising piano or taking your pet to the dog spa regularly, that is like breathing, which should be second nature to you and that’s how easy it is. Committing to training and exercising regularly is extremely difficult because your body aches and your muscles are sore the next day and plus sweating a mini waterfall down your face is really not attractive. If you’re able to dedicate your time and commit to regular training and exercises, you’re strong enough to do anything.
Personally, I’m not a patient person, I’m the type of person who expects to see results from my efforts almost immediately. At one stage, I was so obsessed with my transformation from the gym, I would literally stare at my body every single day after gym and complain constantly when I didn’t see a difference. Now I’ve finally learnt to concentrate on the training rather than the transformation. It takes minimum 3 months and sometimes years for fitness freaks to look the way they do so if you’re able to still dedicate yourself to exercising without seeing immediate results then you’ve mastered “patience”.
Whether you’re into savoury or sweet, we all have guilty pleasures that we indulge in once in a while or once too often. I’m a savoury person, I love restaurant food, fast food, crisps, french fries, basically all oily fried, heart attack in a bite type of foods. I’m not really into cake or chocolates but honestly, I’m not sure what’s worse. With health and fitness, there’s also the nutrition element to it, you can’t just exercise and still eat a load of junk. Those who are super fit MUST control what they eat as part of their lifestyle and not a diet (diet is temporary and lifestyle is permanent) which means someone offering you cake and chocolates or french fries and you saying no like you really mean it, that takes discipline.
4. Time managemet
In this day and age, you often hear people use the excuse that they “don’t have time” to do certain things but the truth is, you will always have time to do something that is important to you. It’s all about time management and priorities, which links back to 1 and 2 above. Exercise is probably one of the “to do’s” that people use the “I don’t have time” excuse the most. I’ve noticed that since I’ve included training and exercise into my lifestyle, I’ve managed my time much better than before because I would spend less time sitting around doing nothing. Instead I would plan my time around my training and try fill it up doing other things such as making green juice and cooking up something healthy.
5. Keeps you grounded
If you’ve pushed yourself hard enough physically, you will sweat, you will ache and you will feel as if the air you’re breathing is so thin that you may want to pass out. We’re human after all and no matter how much you earn, what position you take at work, who you are in society at large, you will get tired and feel depleted. A good sweaty workout will bring whoever you are down to the ground no matter how invincible you feel. Some of us may need it more than others 🙂