Learn To Workout For Yourself To Reach Your Goals
It would be easy to become very dishearted on your fitness journey if you constantly compare yourself to others. These are the reasons why you should only focus on your journey and stop comparing your fitness to others.
We all have different abilities. We all have different levels of fitness. Size, shape, age, gender are all variables when it comes to fitness.
Step into any gym and you will see an array of different levels, from the beginner to the complete gym junkie.
But stop there. Do you want fitness motivation? Then focus purely on your journey and how far you have come. Don’t focus on those around you.
What I have come to learn is that I don’t have to lift the heaviest weights, or spend hour upon hour in the gym to increase my fitness.
As I get older, I have less aerobic ability than I did 15 years ago. I don’t need a 3-hour gym session to feel fitter and stronger. And I certainly don’t need to compare my fitness levels to anyone else around me.
Compare Only Your Own Achievements
Here’s the best fitness motivation you can get: comparing your own achievements and celebrating them.
When I decided I wanted to train for a half marathon, I went in headfirst. I rushed my training, wanting to get fitter faster. I joined apps such as “Strava” and “Runkeeper” and began comparing myself to my friends and colleagues.
You see, I’m a terribly slow runner. I wasn’t happy with this so I pushed myself, harder and harder. I ran 5 times a week, increasing distances daily.
While I felt a great sense of achievement, it came at a cost. I developed issues with my feet. My iron levels plummeted as I developed “runners anaemia”. I felt burnt out and I crashed. Hard.
Why? Simple because I wanted to run as fast as my mates. I knew they ran 5-minute kilometres, so I wanted to as well. But, the reality is, my body isn’t made for running. I fare better in the gym lifting weights.
We All Have Different Levels of Fitness
I am not a natural-born runner, I never have been. However running, it seems, comes naturally to others. Focusing on my strengths, however, and tailoring my workouts to sessions that I enjoy are key.
I much prefer hitting the weights. You may prefer dancing (pole dancing, Zumba etc.) It matters not what form it takes, it only matters that you get yourself moving and enjoy it.
Now, I mix it up. I go for shorter, slower runs. Or lift weights in the gym. I bike ride. I walk and I feel better for it.
Keep An Exercise Diary
Rather than comparing yourself to your friends, or following a bunch of fitness freaks on Instagram, keep a diary. Track your achievements. Investing in a good set of scales that tracks muscle mass and BMI etc is a great way to keep track.
Have A Goal In Mind
The best way to achieve your fitness goals and stop comparing yourself to others is to know what you want to achieve.
Perhaps you want to lose a bit of weight? Or maybe you want to build muscle? Be more toned or increase cardio fitness.
Whatever it is, write it down and aim for it. It will make it all the more satisfying when you reach it.
Most importantly – know you are doing the best you can to the best of YOUR ability. That is something worth celebrating.
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