Take a good hard look in the mirror. When it comes to your fitness, why do you do what you do? Why are you doing CrossFit, or Weightlifting, or Marathons, or Tough Mudder races?
What is it you’re after? Aesthetics? Or is it more than that? These are the questions we should always be asking ourselves, especially when it comes to our quest for better fitness.
If you think about it, being comfortable is our natural goal everyday. It’s a state that we, either consciously or unconsciously, seek out at all times. If we’re in pain, we seek to alleviate the pain. We want to get back to the place of comfort so that the discomfort stops. That’s not being weak-willed, friends, that’s hard-wired instinct.
Fitness truly is – getting familiar with what feels uncomfortable and learning from it. Learning what you are made of, what you are afraid of, and using the tools of fitness to become the best version of you that you can possibly be – in the gym, and in life.
We all know the feeling of discomfort when training, during a tough workout or when our muscles are screaming for relief under the strain of the 27th squat, 28th mile, 29th push up or 2nd Chin Up. We want to quit. We want to accept second best. We want to rest, to get out of discomfort. Sometimes, our lungs demand it.
Think about this. You’ve taken control of your own physical health. The world around you is dissolving into a vat of obesity, and you have decided, on a cellular level, to wrestle control of your body’s future. You’ve embraced healthy eating and educated yourself on how your body actually works, while much of the country is doing the opposite. Why stop there?
Embrace the Discomfort. What if you embraced the discomfort? Not just in fitness, but in life? Isn’t that how we find out what we are really made of? Whether it’s being brave or trying something new, or embarking on a whole new career or whatever. Just imagine what you could achieve.
Fitness is finding you, after all this time, and determining what you are capable of. It’s more than just a dress size. It’s more than a number on the bathroom scale.
Fitness is building or rebuilding your life from the ground up. It’s bending down to pick up things with no effort or strain. Having confidence to verbally stand up for yourself. It’s looking in the mirror and truly looking, not avoiding eye contact with your own body because you don’t like how you look. The list is endless.
So there you have it. Embrace the Uncomfy Zone, give it a big hug! Happy Thanksgiving!
What is it you’re after with your fitness routine?
Done anything brave lately?
Do you remember The Twilight Zone? Whats your favorite episode?
***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.