Effort takes energy. It takes conscious effort to move from place A to place B. You make a decision to work out. You have to set aside time in your day to do that. The most effective way to do this is to pick a day and time that works best for you, and regularly go at that same time…that way you don’t have to “think” about it.
Pick a time that you have the most energy. For most, it’s in the morning. Your stomach is not too full from too much food, which weighs you down from lunch or dinner. Most people are not starving in the morning. If you try to go after work, you might be hungry. That hunger may lead to your making excuses as to why you don’t want to go to the gym. The other good thing about working out in the morning is that it sets your metabolism for the day. Meaning, if you start off with a good habit, especially weight training, you continue to burn calories long after you have left the gym.
After you pick out your day and time, you have to get dressed. Aside from your actual clothes, have your gym bag completely ready to go the night before. Put your ipod/smart phone, headphones, sweat towel, gym pass, water bottle, and whatever else you will need. The more prepared you are, the less you will make excuses in the morning as to why you can’t go. If you need gas, get that handled the day before, too. Ideally, you just want to get up, grab a quick snack, like Greek yogurt or an egg and maybe a little fruit, and GO!
How much time do you need? 3 hours. If you have to leave the house at 8am, you will need to wake up at 5am, based on one hour of gym time. This will include waking up, driving to and fro, showering, changing, getting a bite to eat, and checking your email or the daily news.
Can’t wake up that early? Well, I’m not gonna lie. It is super hard if you are under 30. To that end, maybe you have to go to the gym Saturday, Sunday, and one more day during the week. That way you only have to wake up one day a week (before work).
If you are over 30, you can learn to wake up early. Our bodies have circadian rhythms. Our sleep goes in cycles. If you can find the end of your cycle, you can wake up with ease. If you wake in the middle of your cycle/full REM (rapid eye movement/dreaming) phase, you will be tired and cranky. You just have to practice and learn what your cycle is. Waking up at 6am might be an absolute terror for you. Just keep playing with the alarm clock to find your cycle. It might be 5:30am, it might be 5:15am, or it might be 4:45am. You can try different times on the alarm clock by 10 to 15 minutes to find your ideal.
Now that you have made it to the gym, you have to work out. This requires stamina, determination, and repetition. After 28 days (in psychology, this is the time span necessary to form a habit), you forge a habit…a good habit.
By continuing, you will see that if you have the stamina to continue working out, it will spill over to other areas of your life. Anyone can quit. That’s easy. Your dedication pays off in more areas than just at the gym. It will spill over to your work ethic. When others quit, you will keep fine tuning and find ways to “win” at work.
Going to the gym pumps endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones into your system. When you feel good, you act on those good feelings. You will be more inclined to walk up to that pretty girl and start talking. Stamina. When you look good, you are more apt to walk with a stride in your step. You have purpose, you have meaning, and you have CONFIDENCE. Girls LOVE CONFIDENCE. They need CONFIDENCE like they need air.
So how long does this take? Well, if you’re a total couch potato, about 3 months. If you have been a ‘hit-or-miss’ gym type or have played sports, it could be in as little as 2 weeks. The key to making this work, into turning fitness into a good habit is consistency. Just go at the same time on the same days. The other component, find something you like to do. You may want to hire a personal trainer to kick start you into a fun and effective routine.
Fitness stamina builds pride, builds CONFIDENCE, makes you more effective at work (the physical actually clears your head to work more clearly), and boosts your CONFIDENCE with girls.
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