Alright, the new year has started and some people have decided to work on their health but have you? If you’re reading this blog the answer to that question is probably no. And why is that? Because you don’t like working out? you don’t care about your physique? or simply because you don’t have the time?
Trust me, as a fitness/CrossFit/personal trainer I have heard all the excuses in the book and for most reasons it’s just that, an excuse. You don’t like to workout, fine, find something active that you do enjoy. Think about yoga, cycling, running, climbing, kayaking, hiking or any of the 1000 different activities you can do to stay/get fit.
You don’t care about your physique? You and about 50+% of the people that workout in the gym on a daily basis. Luckily, fitness isn’t just about your physique, it benefits your physical health, mental health, bone structure, muscle density, prevents injuries, keeps the body from becoming weak and fragile, benefits the sport you play, prepares you for daily tasks, keeps the body loose and yes, you might gain some muscle mass if you’d like that (just to name a few benefits).
Alright let’s talk about the most used and well known excuse: ”I don’t have the time”. So you’re telling me that you don’t have 30 minutes to workout/get some movement in? How about the 2 or 3 hours (or more) that you spend by sitting on the couch and watching netflix? Let’s keep it real here, it’s not that you don’t have the time, you just don’t want to put in the energy. Especially now, with almost every single country on earth being in some sort of a lockdown, you can’t find the time to get some movement in for 30 minutes? And no, I am not talking about you going for a walk in the park in the morning.* The thing with fitness is that you have to enjoy it, or at the very least enjoy the benefits that come with sweat and hard work.
*There’s nothing wrong with going for a 30-60 minute walk, please keep on doing it because it does stimulate blood flow and gets people out of their house and moving.
So why should you start today?
When else are you going to start? Next week, next month or maybe wait for the new year? I have heard and experienced the same thing over and over again, after 2-4 months of starting you will be so glad that you did, the longer you put it off the harder it becomes to start. After a month or two, working out is not even a thought but a necessity and an outlet. It’s a place where you can go for 30-60 minutes and release any type of stress, emotion or just think (or shut your brain off).
Just imagine, 6 months down the line, you’re much fitter, happier and healthier simply because you worked out for 30-60 minutes 3 or 4 (maybe 5) times a week. Isn’t that worth it? You can be that person who enjoys all those amazing things or you could be the person that wishes they started 6 months ago. I know what position I’d rather be in, do you?
Quarantine or lockdown isn’t your golden ticket to sit on the couch guilt-free. EVERYTHING you do during these times are either going to benefit you or bite you in the ass when this is finally over. Don’t think that it’s all going to be okay if you haven’t done anything for months on end. Think about all the other people that are partaking in zoom workouts, instagram workouts, go out for runs, workout outside etc.. There’s always a way for you to get a good workout in, now the decision is yours.
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