The Psychology Of Fitness

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Two Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves!

Two Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves!

There are really only two questions that need to be continually asked and answered by you.  The answers to these questions, will not only give you extra motivation, but also know whether or not you’re on the right path.  The first question is:

What is the value of your health?


Whenever someone quits the gym and has no intentions of working out, that’s the question I have in my head.  Is it worth the $10-150 per month for a gym membership?  Is it worth the 15-30 minutes a day? 


If your appearance didn’t change, but you were continually healthy, not plagued by chronic disease such as diabetes, back and joint pain, heart disease, hypertension and you could lower your cancer risk, what would that be worth to you?


Unfortunately, health is one of those things we never seem to think about it when we have it, but miss it dearly the minute we don’t. This means often times we get caught up in the “busy-ness” of our lives, and the first thing we lose sight of is our health.


Did you know there’s a vast difference between exercising for health and exercising for bodily appearance?
For health all you need are 15-30 minute workouts, most days of the week. A “workout” though, can be something as simple as walking or going up a couple of flight of stairs. Add in more vegetables and some fruits and you’re already on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Will these things make you supermodel svelte? Not in the least, but it will help in both giving you and keeping your health…and that’s priceless.

The second question is:

How’s that working for you? 


Tyler Durden was a smart man.


One of my favorite things to do is to make a program for someone wanting to change their appearance or health.  After seeing the person slave away on a treadmill for years, I get excited that for once they’ll start to see the progress that they’ve wanted to see. 

What this requires though is a step outside of the comfort zone and in general, some heavier weight lifting and more intense cardio.   For some, this is an exciting step with endless possibilities.  For others, it’s a step taken with full trepidation and concern that they “might not be doing it right.” 

What I see from this latter group, is that more often than not, whenever I’m not around, they revert right back to their original workout program.  Now I’m not saying that’s bad (as the first question implies), but what I am saying is that if you’re going to commit to a change, then commit to it. 

If you know your endless time on the treadmill hasn’t been working for you (otherwise they wouldn’t have asked for a different routine), switch it up, take the next step and say outside of your comfort zone long enough to see the changes you want. 

This question can really be asked about anything in the health, nutrition or supplement world:  “How’s that working for you?” 

Are you taking a supplement that’s supposed to “burn more fat” but really is just an excuse for you to eat more? 

Are you doing endless hours on a treadmill only to feel just as flabby as before? 

Are you still lifting  the same 6 exercises you have been for the last 10 years and haven’t increased your weights at all? 

At the end of the day, this question should be asked and evaluated by you as objectively as possible.  If it’s working, by all means, keep it.  If it’s not, don’t delude yourself into “justifications” to keep it there. 

My only warning with this is to actually give the thing you’re trying enough time to see if it works.  If a new workout program calls for 8 weeks of a certain routine, give it 8 weeks.  If a different style of eating is more difficult than you had originally planned for, continue to make adjustments, but don’t simply revert back because you overloaded yourself with too many changes. 

In the end, understand two things:
1 – Don’t devalue your life or your health.  Make the extra commitment and do the small things that add up in the long run.  Your health is priceless and you should value it more than most other things in which you waste money and time on. 

2 – If something isn’t working in your life, change it.  If it is working for you, don’t listen to what “science” says or your best friend says will work.  In other words, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  But if it is, definitely do something about it. 

What questions do you ask yourself?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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