Warning! this post discusses no workout plans or diets, rather, it discusses the approach that has worked for me regarding my physical and mental well-being.
We all have those moments when we want to make a life change; we notice that something isn’t quite right, and we go about correcting it. The
initial “change” process usually involves us going all out and fully immersing ourselves into a specific area; for practical purposes, I’ll use exercise as an example.
Working out 7 days a week will get her done
I honestly used to pride myself on the fact that I could force myself to get up each and every day and exercise; like, I was waking up at about 5 in the morning each day and lifting weights that were heavy (at least for me).
I, like most people, assumed that exercising every single day would speed up the process and help me get the body that I desired much quicker than if I worked out say 2 days a week. I was so so wrong.
I have a high-stress tolerance and was able to continually do it, but it doesn’t work; I literally gained only about 2 pounds while I was doing this, (probably because of the increase in my caloric intake).
(I did it for about 6 months)
You’re going to kill yourself (not literally)
Most people cannot handle the stress that comes with exercising every single day. There were 2 problems with this approach; I wasn’t giving my body enough time to rest and I didn’t slowly crawl into the habit.
I just one day told myself that I would wake up and workout; I didn’t perfect the movements, I didn’t give my body anytime to adjust. You guys wouldn’t believe the level of pain that I was in while doing this to myself; it was almost unbearable.
I literally felt like a zombie. That zombie feeling is enough to break most people, shoot, it almost broke me.
Creep into it
Crawl, because you’re not ready to walk yet. I mean this literally.
Immediately getting up and telling yourself that you’re going to throw yourself into what you’re doing isn’t going to work (again, I’m an outlier in this respect).
Our minds require adjustment time and most simply can’t handle the immediate stress that comes with throwing themselves into an activity.
Slowly build up your ability to handle the stress; remember, if the heaviest weight that you’ve ever lifted has been 100 lbs, you cannot expect your body to be able to handle 200lbs out of nowhere (this is how I think. Expect more euphemisms like this in the future.)
Incremental improvement is so much easier than cramming. I’ve placed a great deal of thought into this concept and finally spat out this answer.
The funny er, laughable part about it is that it covers so much more than the general “self”. If one wants to have an immaculate body, all that you must do is work on it a bit at a time; there’s no need for immediate overload or in other words, starting out working out extremely heavy.
Most body’s (and minds) simply can’t handle all of this stress it will result in a body that simply quits doing the activity.
Willpower isn’t where it’s at (at least not for the long-term). Incremental improvement introduces the body to the activity in sections and allows one to slowly build up their ability to handle certain things.