Even before you put on your shoes
Stop. Before you step on the treadmill, lift one dumbbell, or even put on your athletic shoes, be sure you’re ready to actually commit.
Let me explain.
I applaud anyone for wanting to get in better shape. Exercise is something that will improve all areas of your life. And the list of benefits is nearly endless.
Helps control weight and strengthens your bones & muscles
Reduce the risk of diseases
Improved mental health and mood
Sharpen thinking, learning, and judgment skills
Reduce your risk of some cancers
Improve your sexual health.
And can even increase your chances of living longer
But it’s not enough to just say you want to get in better shape. You have to be willing to actually make a change to reap the benefits I listed above.
Before you lift one dumbbell, take one step or start a workout, you first have to commit to actually making a change. If you really want to make a change — whether it’s getting healthier, feeling better, or even getting abs — you have to be willing to give something up.
Continuing to live the way you’ve always lived, will continue to provide the results you’ve always gotten. There’s no hacks, gimmicks or tricks with working out.
Nothing changes if nothing changes.
You can’t expect your body to change if you don’t take the time to actually change your lifestyle. You have to be willing to give up something in order to get healthier.
What vices are you willing to let go of for a healthier body?
It could be exercising 30 minutes a day, 4x per week. That’s a big change.
It could be swapping takeout for lunch with a salad you brought from home. That’s a big change.
It could be refusing to buy junk food at the store. That’s a big change.
Whatever it it is, no matter how big or small, in order to change your body, you first have to be willing to change your lifestyle.