Too Fatigued For Fitness
Let us stop and remember the good old days when we had more energy than sense. More time than troubles and more motivation than excuses. Yes I said it, excuses!
How many of us neglect our health and fitness? Be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. I see your hand even if you didn’t raise it. At some point in our lives the majority of us fail to delegate enough time to our well being and excuse this kind of misconduct saying things like "Oh I don’t have time these days" or "I can’t afford it" or "I can’t exercise, I’m not fit enough" (I know, I know! I was surprised when I heard that one as well)
I’m not throwing stones, I too can be catagorised in the list above. In fact, I’m going through that period right now. I go through times, as I’m sure a lot of you do, where I’m so consumed by making a living, creating, parenting and overall just handling everyday life situations that I fail to make anytime for fitness. As the title states ‘Too Fatigued For Fitness’ This is aimed at our mindset in this particular instance, that by default, has a detrimental affect to our overall health.
That old saying "Your heart has to be in it" extends to your head as well. You ever heard the quote "Healthy body, Healthy mind" Well that is a basic principle to live by. Ok physical fitness can’t always cure issues of the mind but it can play a significant role in reducing the symptoms of a troubled mind. You ever been to the gym or for a run and felt so tired and aching yet so good after it? This is all caused by the release of endorphins bought on by exercise. Even through the temporary physical aches and pains, you’ll be amazed at how positive you feel in your mind after a workout.
Let me take you back 12/13 years when I was 18 years old. I had just started writing music but hadn’t yet settled on that as what I want to do for the rest of my life. I was in and out of work, couldn’t hold a job down. Mainly for the reason I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be stuck in a factory 9 hours a day for £5.50 an hour when the sun was shining. I had no kids. I didn’t want to work towards a future of any kind. Was practically coasting through life. What I did want to do though is work on my phyique.
I was never a massive lad. I stand at 5’7" (5’9" if my other half asks) At 18 I used to weigh around 11st 3lb at my heaviest benching 100kg good for 4 reps. All I had was the gym. Now I’m 5’7" (5’9" if my other half asks) At 30, weighing 10st not benching at all. Tell a lie, I started back in the gym December 2018 and did a solid 6 months. Worked back up to benching 85kg good for 4 reps. Went on holiday in May 2019 for 3 weeks and have only been back in the gym once since then! So what changed?
Life changed. Priorities changed. Ambitions were born. Children were born (in that order) Responsibilities became more intense and instead of upping the anti in the gym and conditioning my mind, body and soul for the journey, I quit. When I quit on myself, I started excusing myself and when you excuse yourself you are tricked into believing you are no longer accountable for your own being. But what you can’t trick is how you feel. You might be able to deceit your thinking but you can’t escape the way you feel. And I know a lot of you have been through something before where in your head you can justify and reason with yourself why you can’t do something but the way you’re feeling makes you aware that you know how it really is and that you’re just making excuses and you could if you really wanted to find a way.
As a qualified personal trainer, I can’t really excuse myself on the basis of lack of knowledge. Instead I excuse myself from fitness, based on the amount I have going on in my life. Let me tell you this from me, this is Bullshit. Health, Fitness and Wellbeing should be a staple practice for everyone. Laziness is a reason masked by whatever excuse you have going for you at that time.That’s not to say you don’t need rest. In fact it’s quite important that you are in tune with your body and listen to it when it tells you that you need rest. And rest! I understand that we’re all human and we can’t always be in the mood about working out and that’s ok. Tell yourself that today isn’t the best day and do what you can, even if it’s a little bit. Just don’t quit for just that day masking it with an excuse because that can quickly become a pattern. We’re creatures of habbit. What we have done is what we will do!
I write this article to inspire not only you to live better and stop making excuses, but for my own accountability. I’m kickstarting my health care plan and welcome you along to join me. My Fitness brand is New Regime Fitness and if you feel you need a kick up the arse from time to time or some guidance or just some good old fashioned company. Or maybe you want to make sure I’m keeping my end of the bargain and hold me to my word, then please contact me via social media or the contact tab. We can share recipes, training programmes, progress reports and anything else you can think of that as a family will enable us to build a better you and me.
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Too Fatigued For Fitness