Psychiatry & Exercise: Maintaining Sanity While Working Out With A Significant Other

 

While numerous articles and experts are recommending finding a workout buddy to achieve those fitness inspiration goals, just in time for summer, there are some instances where having a gym buddy becomes troublesome. According to research, for couples and those in a relationship, the most logical option for a gym partner is their significant other, spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.

Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, said, “When you start working out together as a couple, you’re viewed as a go-to person for other outdoor, strenuous activities.”

study published by Annals of Behavior Medicine revealed that exercising with a partner can double your performance. Another study conducted by Indiana University revealed that performing physical fitness with a spouse or partner will help you stay with the workout plan, with only 8 percent of the participants with exercise buddy quitting in comparison to 50 percent of participants who exercise without their partners or spouses.

 

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“Exercise helps produce endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and improve our ability to sleep, decrease overall levels of tension, and also elevate and stabilize mood,” wrote Lisa Chapin, MA, NCC, LPCC. “When we exercise we feel better about ourselves, more confident and less stressed; in turn, we show up healthier in our relationship and our daily interactions with our partner.”

In psychiatry and general medicine, exercise is proven beneficial for the mind and body.  The statistics are very significant and excellent motivation to highly consider working together.

“Even if you already feel competent doing a particular exercise, bringing along your romantic partner may be a fantastic way to boost your energy output,” wrote Theresa DiDonato, Ph.D. “Your partner’s presence will improve your speed, without you necessarily being aware of their influence.”

For some individuals who are used to exercise alone, exercising with a spouse can be difficult for them, more so if they have instilled in their minds that exercising is tagged as “me” time. For others, gym time is an emotional experience for them and would highly doubt that working out together would be beneficial for their relationship or that of the gym environment. Before taking the plunge and signing up for gym membership together or training for a marathon together, go over ground rules for working out together to avoid unnecessary quarrels and fights. 

 

Don’t Be A Personal Trainer 

Showing support and assistance to workouts you are familiar with is helpful but be cautious of the fine line between being supportive and being a know-it-all. Don’t be highly critical of his/her form and progression. Don’t be too naggy and guise into a personal trainer persona.  

 

Be Open-Minded In Trying Out New Workouts  

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Before, you and your partner work out separately because you both have a different preference in your workout. He likes CrossFit, and she adores yoga. How do you find a middle ground where your individual choice is not compromised? Well, compromise is necessary to make it work, and both individuals should make a sacrifice. For instance, if your boyfriend loves Cross Fit and biking, and you haven’t tried this before, then maybe it is an excellent time to try these activities. You trying out his regimen might also prompt him to finally say yes to the yoga class you’re harassing him about.  

 

Planning Is Still Necessary  

Frequently, disappointments and fights stem out from unmet expectations. It is essential to plan workouts and to talk about it beforehand. For example, you and your partner showed up in the gym with different workouts in mind. He wanted to lift weights, and you wanted to talk while doing the treadmill. You and your partner both have expectations. When there are unexpected and forced changes in the scenario, frustration and disappointments come out. To prevent this unnecessary drama, talk it out before coming to the gym or try online counseling through BetterHelp together.

 

Be Kind  

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Don’t criticize or tease someone if they can’t keep up or are unable to perform certain poses. Nobody wants an exercise buddy who gives out hurtful comments or body shaming or saying unpleasant remarks in the guise of humor most especially coming from a partner or spouse. 

Feeling Brokenhearted? Try Exercising

 

Feeling broken-hearted after a breakup or at worst after being friend zoned is such a tremendous emotional pain to some individuals. It will leave you feeling lifeless and unwanted, as doubt starts to take over leaving questions if you deserve to be hurt after all. Your insecurities will also start to come out one by one, and this could sometimes lead to isolation, dragging your whole body to stay in bed and do nothing because you think that no matter what you do, you are still broken hearted.

“When your brain conceptualizes that your partner is no longer with you, grief sets in,” said therapist Travis McNulty, LMHC. “Your mind no longer releases the feel-good chemicals (oxytocin and dopamine) that it once released every time you saw this person.”

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Version 2.0 of Yourself 

I also had my fair share of the excruciating pain of a breakup, wherein I got depressed to the point of telling myself that I am not that good looking enough to be loved by someone or maybe weighing 60 kilos is not lovable at all. Total self-destructive thoughts made me feel so low, and at the same time frustrated. Despite the pain, I have no one to vent out my feelings with. During that time, all I know was I needed to have an outlet for the pain I was dealing with because anytime soon I could reach my breaking point.   

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“Stressful life events, like a break-up, produce a variety of depressive-like symptoms that can be difficult to manage,” said Theresa DiDonato, Ph.D. “While exercise may do little to curb your feelings of stress, the physical activity may buffer your depressive symptoms—an important step towards recovery.”

Then I started doing some exercise routine as my catharsis. I started doing morning runs from a lame 1-kilometer to an overwhelming 10-kilometers run at least three times a week. Surprisingly, day by day I felt better as I started to see my old self slowly coming back to life. I began to lose weight and felt lighter. I was happy with the result of my morning runs.

Licensed counselor and professor Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., wrote, “The best way to stop dwelling on heartache is to throw yourself into activities that keep you busy and engaged in the world. Research shows that one of the best self-help treatments for depression is physical exercise. Exercise produces endorphins and serotonin, which both promote a positive outlook.”

While engrossed in my running, I realized that I shouldn’t be doing such a thing because I was trying to let go of the pain. Instead, I should be doing that for myself. It was a blessing in disguise that this break up occurred because I have come to realize that I should love myself even more. That time, all I know was that I need to lose weight to improve my appearance and retaliation for getting hurt. However, I was wrong. I realized that I should be doing this for myself, and not for anyone else. I thought I was healing my heart, but I was recovering and giving myself what it truly deserves, which is self-love and respect.  

It’s Only The Beginning 

Running has helped me feel better about myself, as soon as started losing weight; I tried learning Muay Thai and started to play badminton again. That made me feel happy because aside from losing 10kilos, my happiness got back in full swing. Also, I was no longer thinking of getting back to the person who broke my heart because I realized that I gained more than losing him.  

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Making me whole again is more than enough. I am thankful that I did not give up on myself and gave myself a second chance. I am grateful that I turned into exercise than letting myself suffer in pain, which I do not deserve at all; because the value of my life is worth more than any pain that I might experience. Now, I am already backed in shape – physically and emotionally. I can finally say that I am a better version of myself because I chose to love myself instead of mending my broken heart. 

The Road To Fitness: Dancing Together As One Family

In a world where almost everything becomes instant because of technological advancement, we become too dependent on gadgets that usually lead to developing relationship gap within the family.  

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One great example of this is the early exposure of children to gadget use, which affects the quality time that the family should have for each other. Children become more exposed to the trending fads instead of family customs and traditions, which affect the family relationship. This is evidently seen in the absence of quality time that the family should have, with children and even parents holding on to their smartphones and tablets all day. This is a challenge for the adults in the family that should be given attention to strengthen the family ties and stabilize relationships. 

Doing Things Together As One Family 

I was not spared from the effects of social media in our family, having an extended family set up makes it more difficult to maintain the bond that we had before the emergence of social media. Watching my nephews and nieces become dependent on their gadgets somehow concerns me a lot. They become more focused on playing with their devices than spending time with us. To address this issue, my siblings together with our parents discussed the matter at hand and resolved how to reduce the use of gadgets by their children slowly.  

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As a result, we decided to let the kids experience life out of the context of their gadgets, and spend time with us for them to realize that nothing beats the fun and enjoyment they can have without using their digital toys. Since they are all hooked into watching music and dance videos, we decided to have our family exercise in the form of dancing to increase their enthusiasm to join the activity. Fortunately, we were able to make them participate in our simple family activity, which does not only lessen their use of gadgets but also provide quality time for the whole family. It was a joy to witness how dancing brought us all together; doing something that we all love to do is a great feeling, which I know is strengthening the foundation of our family, and at the same time making the kids feel that spending time with the family is more fun. 

Dancing Is A Form Of Exercise Too! 

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Apart from the goal of spending time with family, our dancing activity became our form of exercise too, and doing this was useful because we were all able to keep a healthy and robust physique. We may not be able to visit the gym for a workout, but dancing with the whole family at least 1 to 2 hours a day is more than an exercise for us. Hitting three birds in a single shot is like teaching the kids to lessen their gadget time, doing what we love to do, and exercising to maintain a healthy body. Every dance exercise that we do together was enjoying; losing weight together and gaining strength as one family. 

In case simple activities don’t help you achieve your family goals, why don’t you try counseling? Start with online counseling (with BetterHelp perhaps) to get a feel of the process, and then consider group therapy so that everyone can participate. Good luck!

Workout Together to Work Things Out

Often, jealousy becomes a woman’s middle name. This may sound funny or a bit absurd, but this is the typical scenarios that we encounter every day. Jealousy, if appropriately managed, can bring a positive effect in a relationship. It spices up the relationship making couples realize how much they mean to each other. It is even sometimes used as a way of showing how much love you have for your partner. 

“Jealousy can highlight what you value–your relationship,” said psychologist and author Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD.

 

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When Jealousy Gone Wrong 

When paranoia and insecurities get in the way of jealousy, it creates a dangerous relationship problem.

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, wrote, “Similar to other forms of worry, jealousy leads us to focus only on the negative. We interpret our partner’s behavior as reflecting a loss of interest in us or a growing interest in someone else.”

Case in point was the experience of my friend and her husband.  

Coming into their youth, they are both good looking. Our friends even call them as “fitness and relationship goals inspiration.” But their relationship went rock bottom when my friend gave birth, wherein her physical attributes of being slim and toned started to fade away. Pregnancy contributed many changes to her physical appearance that made her feel embarrassed about herself.

“Jealousy breeds doubt, and when doubt enters a relationship, insecurity often follows,” wrote Suzanne Degges-White, PhD.

She began to feel insecure and paranoid about her husband, thinking that he might no longer find her appealing because of her weight. The situation did not sit well with her. Instead of talking things out to her husband, she became suspicious of her husband that he might be seeing another woman, which eventually lead to endless arguments.

A Happy Wife is a Happy Life 

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Despite the bizarre attitude of her wife, the husband tried to understand what’s going on with his wife. He knew that she might be having a difficult time adjusting to her post-pregnancy body that is why she feels bad about herself.  

Good thing, her husband was matured enough to tolerate her attitude and make sure about his wife jealous acts he intentionally allowed his wife to view all his social media accounts. He noticed and felt that his wife feels she is no longer likable.  

The husband felt terrible about it, so he decided to bring back the cheerful aura of his wife. He confronted his wife that he sees nothing wrong with her figure. An official and personal confirmation of love with no boundaries are all that matters.  

But to make sure that she will never feel insecure about her body, he told his wife that they would do work out together. At first, the wife took it negatively. For her, it just confirmed her belief that she indeed was fat and not pleasant to the eyes of her husband. Fortunately, he was able to appease the adverse reaction of his wife and later on agreed to exercise together.  

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Since then, the wife started to regain her confidence and became more thoughtful towards her husband. She also began to enjoy motherhood and became more caring for their daughter. The husband felt happy about his decision to help her wife redeem her confidence through exercising, and this time with a gym-buddy-husband.  

After about two months, his wife started to lose weight significantly. Recognizing the significant changes, she thanked her husband for not giving up on her immaturity – instead, he has helped her overcome her emotional and physical insecurities. She enjoyed working out with her husband and never thought that this would be a significant activity for couples and a relationship goal as well. They both realized that doing exercise together is like overcoming the trials in their relationship as one. 

In case your marriage is on the rocks, and you are both not ready to see a counselor in person, you are always welcome to visit BetterHelp. Licensed therapists can answer any of your worries and help you resolve them so that you won’t need to resort to extreme measures ever. 

Five Essentials You Can Build From Cross Fit Training

 

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An Overview

“The Sport of Fitness.” That is how gym buffs and sports enthusiasts advertise cross fit. It is a type of training that involves different high-intensity movements. It’s a program that is designed to improve strength and overall body conditioning through various challenging routines.

Crossfit is different from boxing or Zumba or any other exercise simply because it doesn’t only aim for improvement but also to test the different parts of your mental and physical well-being of its capability, and if at all there is any change with everyday training.

Is Crossfit for everybody? The answer is actually yes – it is for anyone who is committed to pursuing it. A cross fit expert says, “Rather than having one workout for older women and another for hardcore athletes – there’s ONE workout each day that is completely scalable based on your skill.”

For those who are curious and planning to try cross fit training, let us examine some of the many benefits of cross fit training for one’s mental and physical well-being.

 

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Cross Fit Helps Build:

 Determination. Intensity may be the key to cross fit but you can’t really achieve that if you don’t motivate yourself to your limits every day. All of us want results, but only a few are determined to continue and keep the same effort to train and finish his workout routine. When you’re working out in a gym, you can always tell your coach you’ve done 20 reps instead of just 10. However, with cross fit’s structured program, there is no other choice but to give your best in every routine.

Heart Performance.  According to the American Council on Exercise, cross fit training increases the heart’s endurance and elevates the heart rate to 90% of its maximum rate. Fitness buffs also proved that the training clearly improved one’s heart health and overall cardio fitness.

Lifestyle Improvement. When you’ve regularly attended your cross fit sessions and have incorporated it into your daily routine, you begin to change or add some good into you, such as a healthy environment, health-conscious friends, and new and better habits. You’ll spend more on the things that matter, like whole grain and home-cooked food instead of the processed and pre-packed ones. You’d prefer to talk and meet with your colleagues at the gym, not at the coffee shop or snack bar.

 

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Relationships. Cross fit – or any exercise routine for that matter – enhances mental and emotional stability, therefore improving mood, behavior, and state of mind. Couples who do training together have claimed that their relationship has definitely flourished, although some who have more serious issues would still probably need help from a professional.

Ultimately, as a cross fit member, you become a part of its community, where all of you help each other improve and reach your goal towards a better a fitter person. Cross fit is a whole new experience and even strangers who join the training become one with you in achieving the best shape you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

Improving Your Relationship By Working Out Together

 

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You’ve been following and admiring this couple that lives beside you. They look so into each other, like they’ve just been from their honeymoon when in fact they’ve been married for years now. You begin to ask questions. Why are they so in love with each other? And why do they look so damn good together? Your friendly neighbor says, “They’ve been getting really physical together all through these years!” And you say, “What?” He says, “Not that kind of physical! I mean they’ve been working out together!”

It turns out that doing exercise together indeed provides huge advantages to your relationship with your partner – from getting to spend more time and striving to be healthy together, to, of course, great sex as a couple.

“Lab studies show that after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner,” wrote social psychologist Theresa E. DiDonato, PhD.

Perhaps it’s time you invited your significant other today when you head out to the gym. Maybe you ought not to be alone in your journey towards a sexier, healthier you. Grab your husband’s hand and bring him along. Take advantage of the benefits of working out together not only for your mental and physical health but also for your relationship as a couple.

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Reasons Why Working Out Together Helps You Stay Together

Quality Time Together

 Work, meetings, and the kids are among the responsibilities that get in the way of your time with your spouse. You’ve been meaning to squeeze a date night within the week but just can’t get a few hours of your time to fit in with your husband’s. But if you have a workout scheduled three or four times in a week, why don’t you do it with your partner instead? That would only mean more enjoyable and meaningful time together, at the same time keeping yourselves and your relationship healthy.

“Partners who do things together become more closely connected and come to enjoy each other’s company,” wrote research psychologist Rob Pascale, PhD.

You Compete In A Healthy Way

 When you’re a gym buff, you tend to compete with other enthusiasts, doing more pushups and carrying heavier weights to make yourself feel better than the rest. However, if you want to add some spice and excitement in your relationship, you can be playful by competing healthily against each other, without the bitterness or jealousy – only sheer determination to stay fit together, and stoking the fires of romance as well. Challenge your spouse to a fun run or have a burpee contest.

 

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Deepens Your Love For Each Other

 Body language is practiced when you work out together. You begin to learn how to communicate non-verbally when you try to do the treadmill side by side or lift weights across each other. Your emotions become acclimated to each other and silently establish a more attuned emotional bond. What’s more, sweating it out together arouses physical attraction.

 

Improved Intimacy Through Shared Goals

Often, when you try to reach for the same workout goals and spend time putting effort into making yourselves healthy, the closeness becomes more significant.

“Intimacy is the sense of another person fully knowing you, and loving you because of who you are—as well as in spite of it,” wrote Susan K. Perry, PhD.

Love doesn’t only show when you look into each other’s eyes, but also when you’re living life and heading towards the same direction in most things – dreams, principles, and even in your attempts to achieve your best shape ever.

Exercise: Different People Different Strokes

Each of us has our reason why we work out, why we spend at least an hour at the gym or running around the oval every other day just to get tired. We all have our motive why we keep on enduring a minute of abdominal planking, a hundred of jumping jacks, and other challenging workout routines that we keep on doing in exchange of a sore muscle at the end. No pain, no gain. The long undulating cry of people who worship exercise and physical fitness. 

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Most of us consider workout as a physical exercise that is important in developing and maintaining our physical strength and ensure that we achieve the maximum health. However, we tend to ignore the painful effects of every aching muscle and joint we obtain after working out. Spending some time working out and trolling the gym as my past-time, I have met many people from different walks of life, and from them, I have realized that exercise too has its own broader emotional reasons. 

From All Walks Of Life 

I have met people who chose to divert their heartaches through exercise and bounced back into having new relationships. I also encountered this lady who has been body shamed by social media then started to work hard to achieve body goals which she ultimately made. After several months of relentless training, she became a better version of herself. 

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Also, there was the couple I got along with and found out that the husband does not want his wife to feel insecure about her body after giving birth, so to make her happy, he accompanied her to the gym and helped his wife regain her confidence. Lastly, sharing a cup of tea with a senior couple who have been doing a simple exercise, made me realize that no matter how old or young we could be, exercise could still fit in our lifestyle.  

Knowing someone who had been spying on her boyfriend because of seeing another woman made me see how much love can push us to our limits.  

The joy of seeing a family going to the gym together and witness how much they value spending quality time together.  

The contagious laugh that a group of friends shared with each other as they endure three-minute planking has helped me appreciate the importance of choosing and keeping people who will inspire you to become a better person.  

Self-Realization 

Finally, knowing myself even more. I have come to understand myself more that despite being single, there are still beautiful things that I should be thankful for, and these are the experiences that life has blessed me with. The experiences that made me realize how cruel life can be if only we take our grudges into it, and how amazingly beautiful it could be if we appreciate every little thing in life.  

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I realized that as human beings, we have our ways of diversions and we often bury our emotions into exerting physical activity. True enough, exercise helps us clear our mind and calm our senses despite the physical soreness it brings. 

Saving Mental Health

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Our mental health is something that continually changes regardless of what different things are in front of us. Whether we are in a state of calmness or the midst of anxiety, it always passes and often in flux. There are times that we immerse ourselves in the world of mental health treatments such as therapy and medication. We still want to find ways on how to maintain a better psychological and emotional health. But what we do not notice is the process of us always returning to the fundamentals of battling mental health issues.

Taking Care Of Ourselves

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One of the most underrated ways of battling mental health condition is taking care of ourselves. Perhaps that is because incorporating healthy habits is not always as exciting as our current damaging lifestyles. These include drinking a lot with our friends, sleeping late nights, eating junk foods, etc. Most of the times, taking care of ourselves is boring and monotonous.

“Engaging in self-care is a way of signaling to ourselves that we matter in our own lives. You do not need a lot of time, money, or exotic new activities to improve your self-care,” wrote Katherine King, PsyD.

In some cases, it does not resonate in an instant because nobody cares about the positive result. However, the best part of its adjustment is its ability to reduce stress, anxiety, as well as depression. Taking care of ourselves finds a way to heal our emotional and mental dilemma. The changes don’t have to be that meticulous, though. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and exercising 3x a week can be enough to make a huge impact.

The truth is, the process of emotional and mental healing is an individual journey. The things that help others do not guarantee to work for another. Yes, some people take medication, and some of us don’t. Some of us want to be surrounded by people, and some of us want isolation. Some individuals want to talk things over, while some want to process their issues internally. Everybody is different, and we need to look through that. Therefore, the fundamentals of taking care of ourselves are dependent on how much effort we can process so we can recover.

“The idea of self-kindness is to practice being gentle on ourselves when we experience setbacks, and to treat ourselves with the same kindness that we would extend to a close friend,” wrote Elizabeth Hopper, PhD.

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Depression, anxiety, and stress are the damaging things we all do not want to experience. It is not advantageous, and it will never become useful at all.

But you see, there is no exemption to it. Everybody can suffer and struggle with these unwanted mental conditions. With that, we have to set goals and focus on stuff that can help us maintain a better development. It will inspire not only our lives but also the people surrounding us. We have to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.

“Instead of avoiding struggles, you learn from them. You trust your own instincts and abilities because they are uniquely yours,” wrote Deborah Serani, PsyD.

Implementing mental health solution in our lives is not easy. Finding the balance in living the world of uncertainties can bring more pain than relief. But with proper guidance and enough information, we can change things. We can look for ways to help ourselves and others to get rid of any emotional and mental health problems. As long as we are determined to save ourselves, there is no way we will not make it.

Reasons Why Exercise Shows No Improvement

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I am confident that you already considered exercising. You managed to start working out in your home and maybe got a membership at the gym. You pictured yourself attaining a great body and that you desired to live a healthy lifestyle. I also know you tried learning the benefits of exercise to your emotional and mental health. But considering you’re reading this article, I can say you are looking for an answer to the question in your mind. Perhaps you are wondering why exercise shows no improvement in your life. With that, let me give you a couple of reasons.

You Don’t Feel Like Getting Fit – One thing that stops people, including you, from exercising is the feeling of not getting anywhere. Maybe you already spent a lot of time, energy, money, and effort to see positive physical results. However, your motivation cracks down because you see no sign of physical improvement. The thing is, the best results from exercise do not happen overnight. You will never achieve the kind of fitness you want just because you spend a couple of hours a day working out. It is not like that.

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You Love Eating A Lot – The misconception of losing weight is that you rely on exercise to achieve a fit body. What you didn’t know is diet plays an essential role in the process. When you exercise often but don’t consider eating healthy food, you are wasting everything, including your effort, time, and money. As a result, you lose the enthusiasm to do what you have to do. Admit it, instead of avoiding unhealthy food; you consume more because you thought exercise alone could save your health. That is one bullshit idea.

You Can’t Stay Focus With A Busy Schedule – Another reason why you don’t often see positive results in your fitness journey is your inability to handle your busy schedule. Yes, it is understandable that you have to consider your priorities first. But when you don’t want to put your health and fitness on top, then you shouldn’t have to complain about the slow progress. You need to understand that your determination and motivation is vital in managing your priorities. So if you don’t consider exercising as part of it, then don’t expect a great outcome.

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 You Constantly Make Excuses – Not all people are motivated to exercise. Most of them appear more focused on finding excuses. Why is that? Well, maybe they don’t entirely see the significance of having a healthy mind and body. Or perhaps they don’t feel like going to the gym alone. Possibly some of them can’t stick to their routines and often look at the impossibilities rather than the solution. If you are like that, then it is guaranteed that exercise will show no improvement in your life at all.

Exercising has a lot of benefits. I’m sure you already know it. However, if you are not willing to change your mentality towards the beneficial habit, you are worthy of its result.

Exercise Is Hard (Or Is It Really?)

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Exercising can be so hard. There are routines that we need to follow, and sometimes, these include lifting and other extreme physical torture. However, the problem lies not in exercise itself, but on our ability to look through its benefits. You see, most of us want an immediate result, but exercise cannot provide that for us. It needs a lot of time, effort, and motivation for us to obtain what it promises to give us. However, despite that idea, we still have lots of complaints concerning the habit. We often think about its entirety as “impossible.” But is it really?

Real Talk

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Honestly, exercise is not the issue here. It is our motivation to continue doing the things we know are hard and complicated. We are humans, and as much as possible, we want to stay away from hardships and sacrifices because a lot of us cannot tolerate the pain and suffering. With that, we lose interests by thinking and focusing on how hard exercising will become. We do not motivate ourselves enough because we are not used to working on long-term effort and sacrifices. Honestly, a lot of people can start working out. However, only a few of them are willing to continue until the end. That is because of the mentality and the will these people have that others don’t.

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The significant factor that affects our ability to concentrate on our desire to achieve our goals is our life perspective. We are born to adapt, but we don’t like to struggle. It is our nature not to fully commit ourselves on things we do because we don’t want to feel pressured. Regardless of the result is beneficial, we only want what’s easily attainable. That is the problem. We want things so bad, but we do not consider encouraging ourselves to stay on track. With that, we sour grape and let things go.

As much as possible, we want to conserve our energy. That is the reason why we love resting and not exercising. We get tired and exhausted on doing things that we think are heavy, complicated, and extreme. But the essence we don’t see is the significance of exercise in our mind and body. Because when you look at our current lives, with all the technology beside us every day, we find no time for physical activity. We don’t consider it part of our routine. With that, we set our minds that exercising is hard because we are not used to it anymore.

Exercise Is Not Hard

A lot of people used to say that when we find the right reasons to continue what we started, we will never have reasons to quit. That is true. When we know and value the importance of exercise in our lives, there is no way it will become a burden. It will never be hard, and it will become something that we will wish to do more often. So instead of thinking that exercise is a complicated and tiring task, we need to reset our minds and focus on its benefits.