As I mentioned in my “Control” post, I’ve been into working out lately. After I joined L.A. Fitness, I received a free personal training session from one of the trainers there. Even though the session was just blah really (the trainer was late and the session was pretty short), I learned that I was physically a lot stronger than I thought I was and that I have to push through the uncomfortableness in order to get results. I couldn’t give up even when my mind screamed “Stop! I don’t wanna work out no mo!” I had to keep pushing and remind myself that I could do it. I told myself that the “pain” was only in my mind and that if I could do just one more sit up I would be straight.
After that free personal training session, I was SORE. Every time I laughed or stretched my stomach, I felt the soreness from really pushing myself during the work out. I tried as much as I could to keep stretching and doing the exercises I learned from the trainer on my own. Eventually, after a couple of weeks, I got to a point where I could do the exercises without the soreness. It was nothing. I felt like a Bawse. Then, it hit me that I have to keep pushing myself harder and harder if I want my own version of Janet Jackson abs by summertime (of course I know that’s unrealistic but a girl can dream). I can’t keep leaving the gym without feeling that burn.
It’s the same way in life. We have to keep pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones in order to really become the people we want to be. I can’t keep doing the same routine and expect to grow or experience something new. I’ve been realizing that there are plenty of life lessons to be learned from maintaining a workout regimen. Check out my thoughts below:
1. No pain no gain.
We’ve all heard it before and it’s even a bit of a cliché, but it’s true. You shouldn’t necessarily push through pain, but you definitely should push through those uncomfortable-because-this-is-not-what-I’m-used-to feelings. You can’t transform yourself into a butterfly and still be a caterpillar at the same time. The old things have to pass away so that all things can become new. That transformation can only take place by the “pain” of changing and working harder.
2. Do it even when you don’t feel like it until it becomes second nature.
Supposedly it takes several months to form a habit. Sure, I began this latest workout stint with gusto, but I’ve started similar bouts in the past that only lasted several weeks, but that’s okay because it takes time for a new activity to feel like second nature. These days when I don’t want to go the gym, I think about how fatigued I was before I started working out and how much energy I have now. I tell myself that if I can just get up and get to the gym, I won’t regret it. No matter how tired I feel lying there in bed, I know that this is true. I’m sure we can all relate this to other areas of life where we hesitate to do something, but end up glad that we did it. Eventually, the thing that was a chore becomes automatic.
3. Consistency determines results.
I know that the more I workout, the closer I will get to getting the results that I want. If I work out sporadically, three days this week, none the next, then one day the following week, I may notice a difference, but I highly doubt it will be a big difference. However, if I work out at least three times a week on a consistent basis, I’m more likely to be pleased with the results. It’s the same way in any other situation in life when we are trying to accomplish something. We have to be consistent in order to achieve the outcome we desire.
In order to drive the point home, I want to leave you all with one of my favorite clean and wholesome workout songs (which are few and far between). Yeah, it’s a bit cheesy, but it gets me pumped and the words ring true for achieving any kind of success. Plus I get a bit of curl-envy every time I see Corbin’s gorgeous curls bouncing around 😍
What other activities can you all think of that teach life lessons? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.