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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
December 11, 2017
There is something about exercise that makes people lose their minds. I mean, we hear so many people getting triggered by the very aspect of exercise, whether the sentiment starts with “I hate gyms” and “I hate eating right” or “I just feel fine with the way I look and the state of my health.” It can be an intimidating pool to jump into one, one that has just a 12-foot depth level and no real kiddie depth to get yourself started on. At least that is to most people. All over the internet, whether you are a man or a woman, it is is intimidating as hell to really achieve the look that so many models have reached. We have been taught through television and media and such that these changes are quick and can happen with the right “can do” attitude. There is some truth to those words, but the trouble is we run into a lot of excuses along the way and we use these excuses to benefit our own narrative. I watched a decent movie called “The Disaster Artist” the other night, which was a Hollywood retelling of the worst movie ever made called “The Room.” Now as a big fan of the original content, I was rather displeased with the product that “The Disaster Artist” displayed. Just remember, the whole “Based on a True Story” tag officially means “We made a lot of shit up to suit the masses.” One thing that really ticked me off was the blurring of a lot of details, like at the very end showing the crowd watching “The Room” for the first time loving it and accepting it as some kind of weird comedy. In reality, the majority of the theater left and it took years for anyone to really accept it as some kind of comedic showing of bad film making. Heck, the creator of the film itself didn’t accept the horribleness of his product until he realized that ditching his delusion might score him some extra income. This is the world we live in, where the reality is difficult to accept.
I use myself as a specimen. I have been at this for nearly six years now, and while my health has improved from the interior, my exterior still needs a lot of work. I mean, six years and I still have a belly and love handles. While my food addictions have caused some setbacks as well as small leg injuries, why have I managed to stay on this path for so long? Well, I am a man of routines and lists, and thus this sort of thing for me is easy to follow because I put it in my list just about every week. I get more angry when I cannot follow that regimen than when I can. That was why I made it a point to work out during my vacation. This is why it is so hard get my running back and steady, mainly because it was out of the routine for so long. And with the forced overtime that my job has thrown at me for the last three months, the loss of free time has made me a little lazy, which in turn has become a routine now. And let me tell you one thing, establishing a routine of laziness is pretty darn easy.
So how do you beat the curve and keep this thing going? Well, there has been several suggestions over the years from yours truly to kind of illustrate what can be done. https://greatist.com/fitness/strategies-stick-to-your-fitness-resolutions We could go on for days about this, but I will focus on the most important of these bullet points. The first and foremost coming from the deepest wells of your soul…take the wins when you get them. Often times people get stuck on the abs or the arms or the musculature, and they forget about the other aspects of the journey that effectively bring them success. In my case, the lowering of my blood pressure, the loss of weight, the added flexibility and the general improvement in my health should all be the things I should be happy about. These are the kind of goals that you can easily focus on to aid you in your success. This leads to the other half of the coin…make the goal manageable. For the longest time, I just said “I wanna get healthy” and kind of went along with the flow. It was not until I started posting some hard numbers that I really got into the fitness thing. When I deadlifted 300 pounds or each pressed 200, it gave me some good indications of where I was. When I could run 9:15-per-minute miles for eight miles, that was a good indication of where I was. Right now, a lot of my goals have been topsy turvy as sleep problems (I seriously need a new bed) and work issues (sitting down all day is not good for the body) have forced me to reevaluate a lot of things in my life. Even though I had to reestablish some new goals, this has not deterred the journey.
Fitness is a challenging and difficult way to live, and that is why you need to create that safe zone for yourself…effectively creating a wading area for yourself. That is why I get sad when I see people quit their workout regimen. You will never get better if you stop and think the journey is worthless. When I started walking massive miles every week, I used to see people go balls to the wall at Reid Park when it came to their new running regimen. They clearly did not look ready, and since I was there every night walking, I also knew many of them never came back. They probably hurt themselves or thought “running sucks” because they never really eased into it. Take this metaphor for example. Right now, my neighborhood is a literal construction zone. It has been a nightmare for the last couple years and we still got a year to go. Loud noises, massive traffic and inconvenient walking paths have made the experience pure misery. But when it is said and done, and the intersection that is being worked on is complete, it will look magnificent. This will be you along the way. You might get into a setback or you might get off the diet for a short while. The key is to work through those setbacks and continue pushing forward. This is why one of the more important bullet points from the article resonated with me…ask for help. And on another note, accept someone’s help. I always lived my life thinking I could flip a switch and become a chiseled beast so quickly. But as the years floated on, I kept putting it off and kept pushing it back. I loved food and sloth too much, and without really knowing what my weaknesses were, I kept fumbling right into them time and again and failing…going back to the old life and losing all progress. This is why I will always recommend a personal trainer. Sometimes that objective eye is all you need to succeed. For me, I would have never cared about my leg flexibility. I would have never cared about my back squat form. I never would have known how truly underdeveloped my lower back was until I really pushed it. And I never would have truly known how much help I really needed along the way.
Starting the fitness journey is always the say part. With gyms sprouting up everywhere, you can easily jumpstart your journey for fairly low prices. The other side of the coin is that restaurants and junk food are also sprouting up with ganga deals and prices. So the push pull of temptation is equal to the pull of fitness. Managing that situation will be tough for anyone, but being able to stay o the path is key to your long term health. Heck, just look at me…who would have thunk I would still be alive to see my 40th birthday next week. Hopefully I got plenty more after that.
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