Find Your Passions
It’s great to start with some goals. Most of what I see is weight loss or fat loss, some people just want to get stronger, and a few are looking to add some serious size to their body. Whatever it is, most people come with an aesthetic goal.
If you haven’t found a passion and you still hate working out, the trick is to table that for the moment, trust your coach (like me!), and pay attention to what you like about working out. I have a consistent dialogue with my coaching clients where we talk about their enjoyment of training and how we can adjust things to still achieve their goals and have them enjoy the process.
Every goal involves changing your body. This takes time. And it must be said that in order to change your body, you are going to have to make it uncomfortable (harder) on your body so it does change.
So if you are constantly focusing on how your body is changing (on a daily or weekly basis) you will miss the moments that are happening around you that can change your perspective on training. For example, if you are worried about losing weight (or not losing weight), you won’t pick up on how good it can feel to lift a really heavy weight, or master a technique, or improve upon a record time, etc.
Maybe your niche is running, maybe it’s bodybuilding, maybe it’s powerlifting, maybe it’s crossfit, maybe it’s mostly sports with some supplemental weight training. Only you can find out how and why you’re going to enjoy movement. Which brings us to discipline.
Discipline is heavily involved in finding your passion and sticking to it. If you gave up on everything you tried because it wasn’t immediately fun or you weren’t good at it right away where would you be?
Resilience is in our DNA. Some have trained it more than others, but nonetheless it is trained. The more you practice resilience and discipline, the more of it you’ll have. No one ever regretted having resilience or discipline.
If you can employ some discipline and be resilient in your search for the type of exercise you’ll most enjoy, then you will be successful in your health and fitness. You will soon not hate working out and it will become a healthy addiction (see hormonal response and pride sections above).
To the point of finding your passion and discipline, you must remain positive in your quest. It won’t always be fun, but if you stay positive and learn from your experiences, you will find that the consistency necessary comes naturally.
The mentality of focusing on the end results at the start of action is unsustainable. A shift in perspective must occur if you want to succeed.
Engage in the process, learn about it, be present and mindful and you will learn how to do what’s best for your body in the best way for you.