If you feel sick at the very thought of going to a gym or joining a workout group, you need to know you are not the only one. However, a couple of drops of sweat shouldn’t make you fear since there are numerous reasons why to debunk your fears, and all go in favor of your physical and mental well-being.
In short, working out is good for you because:
- it makes you feel better good in your own skin
- helps restore self-confidence and in general, raises optimism and positive thinking
- enables you to have a better body shape and maintain optimal body weight
- improves balance, coordination and flexibility
- prevents osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
- gives you a rush of endorphins and boosts energy
- helps keep bones strong and increases muscle strength thereby making us more efficient at going about our daily chores.
But, before you even consider to embark on a workout program, it is important to have realistic expectations when it comes to results of working out.
Your expectations need to be realistic, expect small, but significant changes. All of you who’ve just started working out, don’t expect you’ll turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger or a supermodel Naomi Campbell overnight, most likely a majority of you will never be even close to that look. However, don’t get me wrong, it is good to have a role model, someone to look up to, to motivate you, but bear in mind that there are different human body shapes and types and they are a result of many factors. It is a well-known fact that genes play a key role in body shape and size. But work- out can surely help you feel better about yourself and look the best you possibly can. Though exercising will not make you a different person, a more pleasant definitively will.
Set yourself achievable goals!
Start with significant baby steps. Hence, make short-term plans each week, but make certain you can achieve those goals, otherwise you’ll feel overburdened and discouraged which is one step to failure. Here is what you can do: say to yourself you’ll exercise 5 times this week and eliminate all the sweets from your diet. The results are about to come.
The most important thing is to incorporate exercising into your daily routine, making sure it doesn’t disturb your other daily obligations. You probably know that from your experience. You are determined to start working out, but soon it becomes too intense and exhausting so you quit very quickly. On the other hand, if you set yourself an easy goal, i. e. exercise too little or too rarely, such insufficient physical activity will not give you any results. All this will only bring you back to the beginning – you’ll feel sick at the very thought of working out. Therefore, bear this in mind when attempting to fit a workout routine into your hectic daily schedule, regardless if you are a morning or a night person. However, if you ask me, it is much better to exercise in the morning than in the evening, though most of us cannot find a way to fit morning working out into daily routines due to a job. Morning exercise (on an empty stomach) helps you lose fat, and once you take a shower and refresh yourself, you’ll get such a rush of energy that this will make you want to repeat the morning exercise again. Contrary to general opinion, morning exercise won’t make you feel tired, but it’ll give you all the energy you need to do to fulfill your daily tasks. Exercise in the evening awakens the body so you may have troubles with going to sleep but if you’ve been active long before working out that day, this won’t be a problem at all.
Modern times call for desperate measures when it comes to preserving one’s mental and physical health. Exercising, tailored to suit your needs and possible limitations (not everyone can perform every type of an exercise) can really help you achieve goals you strive for, and you are wrong if you think that exercising takes too much time since, for instance, short-burst exercises yield better results. So, don’t think of a gym as a place from your nightmares, there are myriad exercises you can do, but one thing can separate you from achieving your goals – the lack of persistence.
Translation: G. Dujmović