KEEP SHOWING UP
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
When things get tough the tough...show up...?
That's how the saying goes right? Now I'm not going to lie, this is where I'm at right now. I'm just showing up to the gym. Not setting any records and not beating myself to a pulp (even though I feel like hot garbage from too much time off). If this sounds like you too, Get Back On The Horse with some tips on how to ease back into the gym after some time off.
The second I pass through the threshold of the gym doors, I'm getting arguably the hardest part of exercising out the way; showing up.
Today I wanted to talk briefly about why this is so important and why, no matter what, we need to keep showing up (if you're not a big reader, you can watch some training footage and listen to me read this blog post!).
You will feel better all the way around
You'll feel loosened up and it's a great chance to relieve all the stress your asshole boss Joe from accounting has dumped on you throughout the day.
How do you feel when you skip the gym when you were steadfast on going? Probably a little mad at yourself, maybe a little sluggish, possibly a lingering feeling of being behind in your day...BUT, let me lay out a scenario for you and as you read, really think about putting yourself in the situation.
It's 2pm on a Wednesday and your boss has been a total dick. You're seriously considering skipping the gym. Seems every other second you're polarizing between "I'm going, damn it! NO. DAYS. OFF!" and "Netflix and chill sounds nice right about now." Nothing is going according to plan and time is running out. In a flurry, you decide to hop in your car and drive to the gym before your motivation wears off. Yawning your soul out after such a long day, you show up, but your heart just isn't in it. So you warm up, move around a bit, and go home. You're in and out in 30min.
Now, do you imagine your mental state feeling better having gone to the gym even if you just walked on the treadmill for a bit and did some light stretching or if you didn't go at all? I'm guessing you'll feel better about yourself having just been through the gym doors. If you missed my last blog post of Something Is Better Than Nothing, you'll have a better sense of why even half ass-ing it is better than not at all.
That's one of the things showing up gives us right away; a little mental pat on the back for being where we're supposed to be. It's an immediate win. All you have to do is show up.
Not only do you mentally feel better that you're staying on track with your fitness goals, but a little bit of low impact movement and a slightly elevated heart rate at the end of a long day behind a desk does the body good! You'll feel loosened up and it's a great chance to relieve all the stress your asshole boss Joe from accounting has dumped on you throughout the day.
"A regular tendency, especially one that is hard to give up"
That is the definition of a habit. Smoking is a bad habit. I think we all can agree on that. Ritualistically stepping outside to puff on a death stick isn't good for our overall health. Those who smoke didn't smoke once and it was game over. There were more than likely many exposures to cigarettes over a period of time before a specific routine was solidified. That's how habits form; doing something a number of times until it becomes a normal occurrence. What makes going to the gym any different?
That's how habits form; doing something a number of times until it becomes a normal occurrence. What makes going to the gym any different?
When we continue to show up regardless of what's happening to us in the moment, we're solidifying that habit of going to the gym. It is part of our routine. Do you get up and brush your teeth every morning (for the love of God, please say yes!)? It's part of your morning routine. Going to the gym and exercising should become another part of your day too.
If you want to dial in that habit, you have to keep showing up. If you want to be that person where giving up exercise is hard, just keep getting there. Every. Single. Day.
Hopefully you guys found something of use in this blog if at the very least a little entertainment!
There are plenty of other reads for you to find other useful tips and tricks so go and check them out.
Thanks for the read and I will see you next time!