This post was written by my friend Joshua Rhodes who is a copywriter and fitness enthusiast, you can see more of his work at Facebook.com/theprintedsalesman
Have you ever started a fitness workout program with extreme motivation…only to lose every last drop of it a few days later? Where did it all go? If you’ve experienced this, you are not alone. In fact, I’ve been there myself more times than I care to remember. It sucks!
See, what’s happening is nothing more than a case of premature burn-out. It’s the same as if you dump some gasoline on a fire. Sure, you’ll instantly have an explosion of energy but it’s quickly used up. Now, imagine if you were to build the fire properly…starting slowly and gradually working up to larger and larger logs. It would be much larger and longer burning for sure. The same is true for our bodies.
The thing is, many people are convinced that results should come instantly. You may think you can simply work harder at the beginning to speed up the process. As you learned above…this sets you up for failure. If you want to have a new level of health and physical fitness there is one ingredient that makes all the difference.
Getting and staying in shape requires one thing, and that is consistency. You need to maintain your momentum…in fact, without momentum, working out and getting into shape is damn-near impossible. It’s so much easier to stay with it and after a few weeks it becomes a part of who you are. I know, I know…something always gets in the way. Maybe you simply want a day off to rest and skip the gym. Now, that wouldn’t be so bad but…
One day easily becomes 2. Those 2 skipped days flow into the 3rd and of course that becomes 6 months and the addition of 22 lbs.
If you really want to get the results you want you must do the things you may not always want to. It’s been said often that half of success is simply showing up. Especially on the days you don’t want. I call days like this “Tombstone Days” The ones that make or break you and also because at the end of it all…results are all that matter.
Isn’t it time to stop starting over all the time? If you’ll simply push through the hard times and keep your eye on the prize…success is inevitable. Getting into shape and being healthy is rather quite simple.
Now, you’ll notice that I didn’t necessarily say easy. It does take effort. Most people would rather sleep in and sit on the couch watching tv all day instead of investing a few minutes taking care of their bodies.
When you make your health and physical fitness a priority and a way life it becomes a part of you. No longer is it a burden, it becomes who you are. Not only will you be healthier, but you’ll be happier and better looking.
Remember, It’s not what we do every once in a while that matters…it’s what we do constantly. Being healthy is a habit, not a single action and with that…Consistency is the true secret weapon of future success in reaching your fitness goals. Stick with it no matter what and win!