To me, being “fit” means living in a body in which I can lead an active lifestyle and take some movement challenges. It’s, first of all, strong and flexible body which is able to hike all day long in the mountains, run a few kilometers without losing breath completely, balancing in different poses and supporting its own weight with no effort. It’s also the looks – the shape of my body that I am satisfied with. The concept of being “fit” is a piece of cake for some people, and other keeps awake at night. So how to become “fit” while staying mentally and physically healthy?
You vs Resistance
To me, because of the character of my job, being fit is a necessity. So I have a strong factor in form of an internal motivation. My job requires a regular verification if I am still able to perform what I am teaching and sticking to my workout routine to keep myself in shape. It’s not easy though, even with internal motivation being a part of the game. What stands in the way is my number one enemy – Resistance. So I will share how it works for me to stay fit and resist the Resistance.
How To Begin
The easiest way to start becoming fit is to set yourself a goal. What do you want? Maybe it’s losing weight or strengthening the body, or maybe just moving and strengthening your core because you sit all day long? Maybe you wish to sculpt your body or to learn a trick or an exercise? With a goal it’s easier to stick to the path you took and build an internal motivation to stay on that path. With an internal motivation it’s much easier to take every next step. When you know your goal you probably already smell in the air that you will only reach it if you will practice regularly and in a smart way. And this is usually the moment when Resistance comes in and says: “Wait a minute, I’ve got another idea”.
Act – Don’t Think
This sentence is ringing in my head during most of my workouts. Sometimes starting a workout it easy-peasy but usually I start it with Resistance. It’s talking to me all the time. When I start thinking it gives my million reasons why I should stop working out, better not start it at all – “urgent” and urgent things to do, better things to do, too late, too early, the flat needs cleaning, smartphone notifications, not the right shoes, I need to eat something, “it’s too late for this lifestyle change”. Does any of it sound familiar?
I’ve got an advice for you. Write a plan for yourself (or pay someone to do it for you) and set a goal: “I will train for a month, daily” and stick to it. Don’t think too much. You’ve got a plan, you don’t need thinking. Set your feet on the mat at the time you planned to and begin and then continue until you finish. The beginning is always the hardest, when the body is still warming up, but in the middle of it you’ll get in the flow and in end there is a sweet gratification waiting for you. Yep, in the end. And that’s the problem, because we need to earn the moment of sweet joy of finishing the physical “sweaty torture” and that’s why it’s so hard to continue! However, when you finish you will be proud of yourself because you’ve just beaten Resistance and the feeling is better than anything else in this world.
But How To Continue?
Resistance never sleeps but you’re getting stronger and know already how amazing it feels to live in a fit body. If you go through the first month of regular workouts you will see a difference in your body, mind, relations to other people. Use the moment when you just finished your challenge to plan the next one, maybe with another goal. You know, it’s completely fine to set a very simple goal, for example workout out 4 x a week. From my experience it’s much easier to continue on a “fit path” when I don’t take too long breaks in between the workouts. After a long break I have to do the whole work again and coming back to my routine means fighting a lot of Resistance, which now became bigger and stronger while I was chilling. Try to ride on that wave you created and don’t make breaks longer than 2/3 days, unless you menstruate, are sick, weak, injured etc.
Be alert though because the reason why you’re not showing up for your training might be Resistance trying to introduce its idea for how your life should look like!