Getting into shape and sculpting the body of your dreams is no easy task nowadays, especially considering our modern lifestyle. Most of us work 9-to-5 jobs, and next to all of our other obligations it’s sometimes a real challenge to leave time to do anything physical, let alone hold down a consistent workout routine and constantly push your body to its limits.
However, there are some who manage to achieve this, despite all the potential complications they come across. And I’m not talking about those billboard personal trainers and actors whose job it is to look good and be in shape; I’m talking about regular people, folks who, just like you, are trying to hold down a steady job in an office somewhere, and are either in the process of starting a family or they already have one.
For example, I have a friend from high school that’s always been overweight, unhealthy, could barely run a mile on a good day, and now every morning I see him out in front of my house going on one of his morning jobs, flaunting his perfect six pack and giant chest; he looks great, he feels great, and the best part is that he’s the last guy I expected to go through such an incredible transformation.
So what if I told you that you can do the same? All it takes, in my personal opinion, is the discipline to stick to a few certain principles no matter what – principles that any one of these people who’ve managed to drastically transform their bodies, while holding down steady jobs at the same time. If you manage to do that, I guarantee that sooner or later you aren’t going to be able to recognize yourself in the mirror.
1. The Right Kind of Determination
Whenever someone starts going to the gym, they’re usually filled with a certain initial enthusiasm that really makes things easy for the first few weeks. You really think that, this time, you’re going to be able to power through and attain the body that you’ve always dreamed of. You exponentially get stronger during these first few days and everything seems peachy, until you reach your first plateau.
That’s when things start getting a bit more difficult – when that initial enthusiasm fades and you can’t seem to make any more progress. When that happens, all you have to do is remember why you’re exercising in the first place. You aren’t just doing it so you can have a smashing body. You’re also doing it because it’s good for you, because it makes you feel good, because it’ll significantly lower the chances that you’ll have back and joint problems as you age, because it reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes – in short, because it makes you healthy and strong, and makes sure you stay that way.
That’s the kind of determination you need. If you rely just on the aesthetic aspect, it isn’t going to take you very far. Find the real reasons, and you’ll stick around.
Getting into shape and really becoming strong isn’t something that you’re going to be able to do in a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. It takes years to get the kind of strength and endurance that you’re looking for, the kind that will separate you from your peers in twenty years, most of whom will by then be suffering from either a bad back or some kind of joint problem because they don’t exercise enough.
Just remember that there’s no rush to it. Exercising is a long-term investment, and you’re going to be doing it for the rest of your life if you want to keep the results you’re chasing after right now. Which brings me to my next point:
The number one mistake I’ve seen most newbie gym-goers make is the fact that they’re super-committed for the first few weeks; they buy all this equipment, supplements, go to the gym every day and what not, and then they simply decide to take a break – a long one. In other words, they quit indefinitely, and when they decide to come back, they have to do it all over again.
Don’t do this. You shouldn’t push yourself that much, to the point that you’re sick of the gym and everything that reminds you of it within a matter of days. Go at a pace which feels good to you, and one that you feel you can maintain for long periods of time.
As I already mentioned, getting into shape can be quite a challenge, so it’s very important that you stay positive at all times and learn to set and appreciate small goals. Even if you could do a single rep more than the last time you were at the gym, consider it a tiny success that will one day lead you to your ultimate goal.
With this kind of mindset, you’ll be able to actually feel your progress as you go along and you’ll start to see real, immediate meaning in your workouts, which is very important for maintaining a consistent workout routine.
5. A New Lifestyle
Becoming the strongest version of yourself and constantly improving in the physical aspect will take much more than just going to the gym a couple of times a week. It also means changing your diet and eliminating all that processed food and sugar, going to bed on time and getting up on time, quitting smoking and alcohol, and perhaps most importantly – getting rid of stress.
All this is part of a sacrifice that you must make in order to become a strong, healthy, energetic individual, and obviously that is going to affect your whole life. But if that is the road that you’ve chosen for yourself, you have to be prepared to make some of these changes, if not all of them.
By Vanessa Davis
who was always interested in fitness, she never dreamed that one day she’ll write about it for living. Today she is one of the main writers on diet.st and when she’s not at her laptop writing away, she’s probably somewhere practicing yoga or having fun with her two kids.