I have been asked this question so many times in the past weeks. First I want to say I have nothing against going to the gym, it just does not work for me for several reasons and I will share.
1. By the time I get dress drive to the gym, check in place my clothes in the locker room- my stream workout is done.
2. If I’m tired in my commute from work or just had a long tiring day and need to unwind I’m not going to stop by the gym. However if I go home and relax I can workout at home.
3. I can be dress in any attire to workout on my stream
4. My fit community is so supportive and positive and even more motivating
5. I need structure. There is a calendar for me to follow and the trainers are just awesome also motivating, encouraging and just real.
6. My trainers are available 24/7 on stream and if necessary I can DM them on IG.
7. Last for now, IT’S MY CHOICE AND APPEASING TO ME.
Do you know the value of small changes? I am aware there are people that really want to make a physical change and begin their fitness journey but will not because of easy excuses:
1. I don’t have time or my time is limited – I know but just start anywhere, 5 minutes of a workout will begin a process and progress and outweighs NOTHING
2. My days are so limited – okay commit to the day or days you do have again JUST GET STARTED
3. I’m not sure if I can lift as much as others, run as long , squat as low and so on- uh huh its not about others, its about YOU. Yes you give your best, stop measuring your self to others.
Making the small changes, commit, 5 minutes, one day two days, lift 2 lbs, run 30 seconds squat as low as you can and with consistency all of this will change and those small changes will add up and not only that you will be so proud of yourself. How do I know, because this was once me.
That’s right, change isn’t instant. On my fitness journey I hear this, “what are you doing? How long do you workout? What time do you get up to workout? How many days do you workout? The most common conversation is I need to join you, I think we can do it together don’t you. Of course I always respond I’m delighted and then well it goes down .
Why. Because after I answer the question or questions I then get another response. NO that’s too long, no too many days a week, I can not workout that early. Now I do understand the timing because a few days I am up working out at 3:30 AM or 4. If I say okay I’ll adjust to the evenings the response becomes oh that’s a bit late to workout don’t you think. Perhaps, I guess. Maybe you really don’t want to do this with me, I don’t really say it but the words are in bold, big print in my thoughts.
CHANGE does not come instant if you are looking for change in your fitness help. YOU must first decide you want it and commit. Secondly you may need to make adjustment in your daily schedule. I was one that repeatedly said “ I don’t have the time”. This was partially true. I didn’t have time for the drive to and from the gym but I did have time for home workouts. Not saying gyms are a waste of time, when I had that time I did go to the gym, but sometimes life changes and we have to adjust, I had to adjust.
Adjust and not stop. I did stop and used self satisfying excuses. Home workouts with beachbodyondemand.com have been so rewarding for me, dang it no excuses. Even with home workouts my body’s response fluctuates but there is change. Without commitment to yourself change will not come and then not instantly…..UNLESS you get the surgeon on board then of course it is instant.
Commit to yourself, Change is coming, You just have to open the door and walk in.
That sounds so controversial and I know you’d think no way . Well yes it can. I’m not speaking in the terms of grading or money I’m speaking in giving the best of yourself . For me for now I’m speaking of my workouts. There are days and not consistently but my workouts are not what we say “100” and it maybe a 50 compared to the previous day’s workout; BUT if my energy is down, or I’m fighting off an illness or for no apparent reason a 5 lb weights feels like a 40 lbs. Now with any of these known factor if I give my best I am giving 100.
Just to share as I had this conversation recently if you give your best and not holding back you are a 100. To 100 in each of your workouts as I will continue to give 100 in each of my workout.
NOW what is this suppose to mean well a lot as I am hearing recently from friends, colleagues and a few followers on social media.
I have to start my workouts AGAIN. I need to connect with my trainer AGAIN. I need to join in with you AGAIN. I’m frustrated because I did not see results in the fitness workout, but I’ll start AGAIN. I need to resume working out at the gym AGAIN SOON.
To begin with I know there are curve balls in life and we must adjust. Trust me hear lately I am being pitched a lot of them balls. But just tweak a bit and keep the focus. I have to stay on myself for this one. FOCUS YOU GOT TO STAY FOCUS TO REACH YOUR GOALS, oh that was me speaking aloud to myself.
But in reference to workouts you do have to stay focused. If you have a goal or just enjoy the euphoria feeling received after working out then – STOP starting over.
My workouts some days are challenging especially when my RA is painful and a swollen joint or two. I’ve had followers and friends state they are not sure how or why I workouts with swollen joint, so I want to clarify. I’ve hade RA since childhood and there wasn’t a lot of excuses and believe it or not I am better as an adult than a child with RA. I will never compare my flares with others as everyone’s pain is different as well as how each of us is able to deal with the pain.
I really try not to allow my pain unless it is severe dictate my day, so that is why I use a towel. That is my workout towel on my exercise mat. I use it for extra cushion for my left thumb. There are days I am unable to put pressure on my left hand . If I try I am fallling over , slipping because my balance is off. BUT with the extra cushion it really decreases the pressure and impact of my weight on the left hand and I can do my workout without laughing at myself. Yes I do that too and so would you if you saw a rep without the towel. Now I also use the towel at times for the right knee but not often.
I just want to share if you really want to workout there is a way to adjust and sometimes you have to be created for yourself. Of course I do not recommend anyone to push themselves beyond their level of comfort or safety- KNOW YOUR LIMITS. I know mine. And for now the towel works.
To a week of pushing through and not allowing RA always dictate our next moves in working out. If you have a deficit of any kind I am saluting you too- Adjust and Push through. WE GOT THIS.
My fitness journey has hills, mountains, winding roads, slopes, gravel and smooth surface. I encounter them all and my lesson which I have to focus on is “Stay Committed “.
Having a relationship with myself, just slain for knowing your mindset and your weakness; I know mine most of them when it comes to working out. I know if I come to a complete halt in my workouts for greater than two days, I’m setting myself up for a failure or probably a hard restart. With this said I encountered an almost halt on my workouts today.
My fitness journey is me following a workout and calendar and sometimes as I am now for the next several days combining two workouts. Today I increased weights, jumped higher, lunged lower and just put on a “you got this show”. I was all in and when it came to my second workout my muscles were burning. The energy was still there but I didn’t want to push through to injury or super exhaustion, I’ve been there. What did I do? Well there is a modifier in my workouts and I followed the modifier for half of my second workout then I was able to return to normal workout.
Modifying does not make it easier, you still have to push hard and give it your best or “100”. It just mean a decrease in your lunge, or decrease in your jump maybe a bounce. There are many who think modifying is for beginners or those testing the waters of a workout. All FALSE. Now I know because I’ve heard I wouldn’t want to modify any workout, I’d rather wait until I can do it for the ultimate gain.
I will not bash, trash or argue the “wait”, but will you start. I will continue to reiterate. First make a decision that you really want to make a change (I’m talking about workouts but it can apply to any goals in life). Ready for the change then COMMIT . This is why I modified and why I push through. I am committed to my fitness journey whether my results are slow or fast because without the commitment my results will be, oh yeah I will not have any results.
To weeks of commitment to yourself and to your goals as I am.