Get Uncomfortable and Stay There
Fo shizzle, if you're already exercising or just starting to exercise and you're not planning to have any discomfort - *tsk *tsk *tsk. What in tarnation were you expecting?! If you're going from the couch to the gym, your body is going to be screaming at you for the first few weeks. It is an initial adaptation phase that every single person has gone through at some point when they first started.
After those few weeks, your body starts to figure out that you intend to do this semi-regularly at least, and that it doesn't enjoy being sore all the time. That is actually good, because it's how you're going to get your highly sought after results. Your body is really smart and it is literally figuring out as you go how to meet the demands and the breakdown you are putting it through with exercise.
Now, say hello to that sexy, possibly ghostly pale, fiend staring back at you in the mirror. That's you, and you've just unlocked one of the most important underlying principles behind succeeding with exercise.
The thing is, if you don't continue to beat the crap out of your body, you will stop making adaptations happen. You're in the pilot's seat there Maverick, so don't let the controls slip. Chase things that are difficult because adaptations equal a sexy, strong, toned, and fit body. Who doesn't want that?
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You Won't Always Be Motivated; Be Disciplined Instead
Back in the days of yore, when I first started exercising, I didn't really enjoy being sore ALL the time. It sucked, it still can suck for me, and I don't expect it to suck any less for you. BUT, I need you to pinky swear with me. Besides the magic pills that I will sell to you for the low-low cost of your firstborn male child, you're going to have to find a way to get shit done even when you don't want to.
That's the only way you'll see results. It's called discipline and I think it is worth a lot more than fickle beast motivation can be. Motivation is why you started in the first place, but when walking up the stairs seems like each step might kill you, you're going to have to be disciplined to convince yourself to do it again the next day.
When you have to stay late at work and didn't get a chance to eat lunch, discipline will ensure you get a snack and still get your butt in the gym.
When your goals are taking longer than you wanted to achieve, discipline is what will keep you consistent in your pursuits.
Something here has to have resonated with you. Make sure you never miss out on the gettin' the goods.
Don't Start If You Don't Intend to Finish
If you're thinking of joining a gym just because you've been thinking about it for awhile, someone else convinced you it would be a good idea, or you figure why not; pump the brakes.
This refers back to your motivation, but do it for you and because you ACTUALLY want to. If your motivation to begin is external, even if the results of exercise sound good to you, then you will probably fail.
Frankly, if you don't have an internal motivator to pursue health changes such as: preventing health complications so you can see your grandchildren one day, or even something as simple as looking as amazing as you did in college, you might be wasting your time.
Whatever it happens to be, make sure it is for you, and make sure you're being honest with yourself about your reasons for wanting to start living a healthier lifestyle. If you join a gym simply because you know you should and/or feel guilty for not exercising, you might be better off just waiting.
Wait until you have a real "why" to be exercising for. If you do, I guarantee you will get much better results because you won't want to quit as easily and you'll work extremely hard.
If you made it this far, admit it, you're hooked. There's plenty more where that came from!
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