Did you know that the human body is a dynamic being that transitions just like technology? The day I discovered this is the day I started practicing patience while focusing on my fitness level. I also stopped jumping into every bandwagon of a ‘1-week muscle builder.’ I realized that fasting for three days will not help either! What I needed was simply to adjust my lifestyle gradually, day by day. I started with simple changes. For instance, I would work out on my legs by using stairs since I had been neglecting this muscle group. Hopefully, the following general guidelines will inspire any fitness enthusiast reading this post.
Always Listen to Your Body
Often, the body understands exactly what it needs. You can easily vomit if you continue bombarding your stomach with unnecessary stuff. By throwing up, the body is telling you to stop eating. My muscles have been aching for a week. So what do I do? I take more time for recovery. Our bodies will always tell us when to slow down, breathe, exercise, or take a rest. I have never overlooked the signs.
It’s Okay to Fear
I started a new fitness routine and guess what? It unveiled a part of me that made me feel inadequate even if I thought I was the strongest person. I know it’s not easy to have a perfectly shaped body or life. There’s always room for improvement. I have, therefore, adopted a schedule that works for me. Since I am a morning person, I have my gym session scheduled at that time. Regardless of my daily responsibilities, I must find time for workouts.
Comfortable Zone is The Dream Killer
When I start feeling too comfortable with my sets and reps, I know it’s time to try something new. I can mix up my workouts, look for new recipes, go vegan, download a new fitness app, and so on. I don’t find it right to sit in silence when meditating. Rather, I seek an expert to help me with the mantra. Through curiosity I rediscover myself.
When I just started out with a gym routine, I would be anxious about seeing results. I forgot that the body changes little by little. My coach once told me, “Make sure you take some pictures to mark different milestones.” I couldn’t have seen the big transformation if I failed to record my starting point. So, I would capture the details from the back, side, midsection, biceps, glutes, hamstrings, etc. That allows me to notice changes before anyone else.
A Realistic Program
Who said you must always have a gym subscription to remain fit? Working out all day long is not realistic either. Exercising doesn’t have to be crazy. But you need active sessions about four times a week. Run them for at least 20 – 30 minutes if you live a busy life. Walking is one of the best regimens that hardly lacks in my routine. Brisk walking helps me to progress steadily. Whenever
I have time to do more, I go for yoga, Pilates, long-distance training, or spinning. I cannot do exercises that I hate. I’d rather stick with what I can do consistently.
Permission and Balance
When most people embark on their fitness journeys, they strive to be perfect. But this is one of the roads to failure. Setbacks will always be there to get you off track. I have learnt to practice the 80/20 or 70/30 rule. I strive to make the most of healthier foods but I also allow a small percentage for my favorite treats such as French fries. I don’t want to deprive my body of all the happiness. So, I can never feel guilty for munching a piece of pie once in a while.
I have experienced a successful fitness journey because I know how to practice fortitude and patience. Do not be too hard on yourself either. Love your body and be flexible. If you dislike something, no need to stick with it. Trust the process to dramatically improve fitness by practicing the above tips.