Working Out Sucks

I hate to hear people say things like, "Working out sucks!" What they don't realize is that with that kind of attitude they've already set themselves up to fail in their fitness program.

Sure, some days working out will "suck"- it's not always easy to go to the gym when you're feeling tired or just not motivated, but you have to try to change your mindset about it. You have to start think ing of it as something you GET to do, not something you HAVE to do.

I look forward to working out because I know that each workout is helping me to get stronger, to feel better, to look better, to relieve stress, and to be healthier. Why would that "suck"?

Well, I guess when people say that working out "sucks", what they mean is that it's HARD. Well, yeah, it IS hard. It requires a some EFFORT. It requires some EXERTION.... maybe even a little sweating, heaven forbid. SO WHAT? Nothing worthwhile comes easy, right? You have to WORK for the results you want.

So.... maybe working out DOES suck-if by that you mean you have to get up a little earlier in the morning to go to the gym; if it means getting up off the couch and going for a walk; if it means breaking a sweat for 30 minutes a few times a week; if it means exerting yourself a little to lift some weights....then yeah, I guess it does suck!

But  for me, working out is something to look forward to. It's invigorating! It gives me energy for the rest of the day, and it makes me feel good. It's exciting because I am always looking for new ways to challenge myself, and I am constantly striving for improvement-whether in my physique or on a lift or skill.

Of course, I have the days when I just don't feel like working out, when I'm tired and just not feeling it. But that doesn't mean I skip my workout-I do it anyways because I know that I always feel better afterwards. If you can just get yourself to the gym-that's the hardest part on those days, you'll be glad you did.

What you ultimately have to realize is that working out is something that will help you in ALL aspects of your life. If you only think of it as something you have to do to lose those 20lbs, then what is going to happen when you've achieved that? You'll most likely quit working out...and then those 20lbs will sloooowly creep back up on you...and you'll be right back where you started. Because you never got past the "working out sucks" phase.

And you know what I say to people who think working out sucks? Maybe it's just the way YOU work out that sucks! ;) I mean, if all I did was go to the gym and walk on the treadmill or use the elliptical for an hour, and then do a few crunches....yeah, I would definitely think that working out sucked, too! Sure, that's better than nothing...but definitely not something to get excited about.

So....okay, working out sucks. It sucks getting stronger, it sucks getting fitter, it sucks looking good....and I love it!


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