Guest Post By Ben Breda
In this guest post, BestHealthGear founder Ben Breda joins us at TheHealthyParadise to provide our readers with motivation for getting to the gym.
Despite the great number of benefits to the body and mind, working out is something that many people would choose to not be part of their lives. After all, it can be more satisfying to spend waking hours of the day plopped onto a couch glued to the television while stuffing yourself with a tub of ice cream and a jumbo bag of Doritos.
What many people do not seem to see and understand is the number of other benefits of sweating it out in the gym, apart from the good that it does to one’s health. Working out also helps leaves the body with a major boost of endorphins, the ultimate feel-good hormone, which makes this said activity highly addictive. And if you’re lucky, you can meet new people, like-minded individuals who can turn out to be the much-needed enablers for your new life of health and productivity.
Motivation, or the lack thereof, is the make or break factor for people who want to begin working out but have not gotten into it yet. In this article, we will be giving you a few tips on how to drive yourself into a more active lifestyle.
Find a Workout Routine That Will Suit You
It is understandable that not everyone would enjoy joining a gym with the run-of-the-mill weight training program, as many could find it dull and boring. Fortunately, there are a bunch of different gyms that can cater to your preference.
Whether it is doing Crossfit or signing up for kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at your nearby dojo, find the kind of workout that excites you the most so that it can keep you coming back constantly. And since living in this day and age of technology gives us access to instant information, a few Google searches should help you find that special form of exercising that you may like.
Be Realistic with What You Want to Achieve
This applies more to people who are eager to carry on with living an active lifestyle but are discouraged by how “slow” their progress is going. You have to understand that the change that you desire will not happen overnight, and it will take spending a good chunk of your time and effort before seeing some of the results you are longing for.
If there is one piece of advice that those who are successful with their fitness goals would tell you, it would be to just keep showing up. Follow your regimen religiously and battle those lazy days, and you won’t even notice the pleasant changes.
Find a Buddy
Working out alone can be satisfying for many, as they take this time to spend time with themselves listening to music and doing their routine. But the experience would definitely be more enjoyable if you were joined by a friend (or two). Grab that cup of coffee and just get started.
Not only are you able to encourage someone to live a healthier lifestyle as well, but you can also push each other every time you hit the gym to do better. In turn, your progress speeds up, making your goal a lot more achievable.
Keep Track of Your Progress
For some, it takes a while before they make working out a part of their lifestyle. But once they do, they will be able to have a better gauge on how much further (or nearer) they are to their desired outcome.
Having a chart or diagram that shows where you were in day one to where you are currently will help you appreciate the workout more. Seeing that the goal can be within reach, you will be able to make yourself an expert with minimal effort. In no time, going to the gym and living actively will be a regular routine in your life.
Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself
There should always be a balance between work and play, leisure and labour, rest days and gym days. Yes, you must put in a generous amount of effort, but putting in too much may lead to burn out.
It also would not hurt to reward yourself with your favourite form of indulgence after a gruelling workout. It may be a nice slice of cheese pizza, a hot fudge sundae, or a pint of ice cold beer. Just remember to not go overboard.
Working out in the gym should not be perceived as a chore. Rather, it should be a form of enjoyment that is also essential for your health and well-being. Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to do live an active lifestyle and have a healthier future!
About The Author:
Ben Breda is an avid fitness enthusiast with a penchant for odd fitness equipment like inversion tables, vibration machines, and more. Check out his popular fitness site at http://besthealthgear.com