The Secret To Making Fitness EASY!
You wanna know why fitness is hard? Why the simple concept of “eat less, move more” is so difficult?
It’s not because it hurts or makes us sweat. It’s not because it costs money or takes up time, although we do love to use those as excuses.
Think about it, though. How many other things do we do that make us sweat and cause us a little pain? How many other things do we justify spending our money on? In how many other ways do we choose to spend our time everyday?
Those excuses don’t really make sense if we’re honest. They’re just convenient for most of us.
So what is it then? Why does this one thing seem to be such an issue for us all?
Fitness isn’t hard because it’s expensive or time consuming or sweaty and fatiguing. It’s just easier to say that’s why we don’t do it than it is to confront the real reason we’re here and not there.
Fitness is hard because it’s about decisions.
It’s about making choices and sticking to them, even when they lead us to uncomfortable places, even when we’re not sure, even when we don’t “feel” like it, and—despite what we want to believe— we’re not very good with hard-fast, sturdy decisions. We like an escape option.
As Jen Sincero, the author of the on-the-rise, insanely good book You Are A Badass writes, “So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.”
HOW TRUE IS THIS?! Seriously.
Especially in regards to health and fitness.
We hardly ever flat-out decide something. We tell ourselves we’ve decided, but the moment it gets too hard, too uncomfortable, too inconvenient, we justify backing out of our decision.
How can we get around this? Because if we can’t, we can’t ever truly be successful with our fitness goals or with our life goals.
The solution is two-fold.
Be realistic about what your decision is.
Practice making decisions.
Don’t decide something extreme and unattainable. Don’t decide to never do something or to always do something. Decide to make an honest effort. Decide to truly do your best. Decide to be happy, to challenge yourself, to confront your fears.
Instead of saying “I will go to the gym 3 days a week!” and then feeling guilty about missing a day because you were sick or got invited out, decide something like “This week, I will do something good for me, even when I don’t feel like doing it.” Decide to drink one more glass of water than you usually do. Decide to wake up 30 minutes earlier. Decide something possible so that part 2 can happen.
We need to PRACTICE making decisions and following through with them. It’s an exercise just like bench presses or lunges. The more you practice it, the better you get. When you wonder how someone else has so much “motivation” to get in the gym or “self-discipline” to eat the way they do, you could be mistaking motivation and self-discipline for merely a well-practiced decision-making habit.
The way you do one thing is the way you do everything.
If you can never decide on a place to eat, an outfit to wear, a color to paint the wall, or if you find yourself backing out of things that become uncomfortable, this is going to be reflected everywhere.
Make. A. Choice.
And stick with it.
Practice this as much as you can and you’ll thank yourself for it, not just in the fitness arena, but in all arenas of your life.