“To workout or not to workout, that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the body to suffer the pains, fatigue and anguish of outrageous aging, or to get up off your butt and by moving around, end them. – To sleep, to medicate, and by shutting off the pain to dull what ails you – is that the culmination of healthy well being? At least you can dream about fitness – ay there’s the rub, for the pills and dreams won’t get you that sexy body you desire.” 🙂
Hamlet makes a few pretty good points in his famous soliloquy. When applying them to fitness, alas, for many – tis easier said than done. But as we all truly know that the battle over your health exists in your mind, I have here a few interesting ideas that might make it a bit easier for you.
I think that motivationally speaking, exercise is a study in paradoxes.
To the average person, the concept of working out brings to mind sweat, toil, aches and other sorts of discomfort. Their primary motivation is that of freedom from fear of illness or relief from the misery of obesity. But those who work out on a regular basis don’t share those negative drives. They revel in in the sheer enjoyment and empowerment that robust physical vitality provides. They relish the abundant returns their little bit of effort brings them.
For this reason every workout is a gift to yourself. That’s the way you should look at it, because it’s true. You allow your “superego” to override your id.” Your reward is exactly that which you are trying to avoid. (Heres one of my favorite posts on that)
Whats also interesting to note is the second paradox of fitness motivation:
Every workout is a deposit in your bank account of energy and vitality. This is a paradox because when we think of exercise our first impression is that we are expending energy, we “use some of it up” Of course the reality is that with every bit of labor exerted we garner greater capacity to do more later. We get more fit. We increase our available energy. And most importantly we feel it, and it feels mighty good!
Of course this is really just a long harangue on “positive thinking”. But it is true nonetheless, and if you want to succeed at improving your health and vitality you have to get yourself on your own side. Give yourself a chance. Give yourself the gift of that workout. – And another and another…..