Work-outs are called work-outs because they are just that: work. They are not meant to be easy, particularly if your goals include improving cardio-vascular fitness, increasing strength, protecting yourself from heart disease, beating type 2 diabetes, reducing body-fat, improving your sporting performance, or learning how to defend yourself (and no, Body Combat doesn’t count.) There are certain times when work-outs can be easier, for example when rehabilitating an injury. However, even this requires that you have the discipline to perform what will probably be a boring routine with focus and the ability to resist the urge to do something more “fun” but probably strongly contra-indicated by your physiotherapist (like rolling around on your head… or maybe that’s just me…)
As a personal trainer and an athlete, I hear a lot of people tell me that they want to get in shape, that they want to lose weight or look good or learn to fight. The people who achieve this aren’t the ones who talk about it, but the ones who take action towards their goals. Some of the most successful clients are the ones who are unassuming, who are humble and even appear self-effacing. These people are too busy achieving their goals to talk about them or lament all the reasons why they can’t achieve them.
Which brings me to my next point: excuses.
I’m not talking about genuine set-backs. People do get sick, injured, deployed to the Middle-East etc.. I’m talking about the over-weight person who constantly complains about her shape and makes double-edged remarks about fit people, all the while complaining about why she can’t get the body of her dreams. “I can’t wake up that early,” or “I can’t get out of work on time,” or “I don’t know anyone there,” or “What if no one in the class likes me?” or “I can’t afford it” (but you can afford that packet of cigarettes??)
Regardless of what you say you want, if you consistently choose not to take the action which will take you closer to your goal, you are choosing to remain where you are now. Whatever your motivation for exercise and healthy eating – whether it be health, sporting performance, injury rehabilitation or looks, or a combination of the above – you simply have to take action. There is no sweat-free, effort-free, sacrifice-free magic pill. (Well, I think there was a pill you could order from Mexico online, but it was banned because it contained a parasite which made you lose weight by dwelling in your intestinal tract and consuming everything you ate… Magic isn’t the word…)
So, to all you people out there who speak little and move a lot, congratulations and thank you for making my world a more inspiring, positive place! To everyone else, a little less conversation, a little more action, please! Either stop buying the cigarettes and start doing what needs to be done in order to achieve your goals, or STOP COMPLAINING about how unhappy you are and understand that your lack of action represents a CHOICE to remain where you are!