What is it that holds one back from making the wiser decisions in life? While it is true that staying active will take some effort on the personal side of things, the idea that it is wholly unfeasible in the modern sensibility is patently false. Aside from the benefits far outweighing the drawbacks, incorporating it into your lifestyle is far more progressive than most people would reckon.
Many people have a fixed idea of how much time it takes to “get fit”. The truth is, fitness regimens can (and should) be scaled to individual profiles. No one’s asking you to spend three hours in the gym everyday when you already have a packed work schedule! From the number of days per week right down to the time per session, a good fitness plan should allow you to make full use of the time you have available to you to get the results that you want.
Yes — training can be tiring, especially at the beginning. However, most take the exhaustive aspect of exercise a little too far. A good training session shouldn’t leave you feeling like a husk of your former self. In fact, a good amount of research shows that staying active regularly maintains and even improves energy levels and focus. Due to this, it is not uncommon to see employers support fitness within the workplace via several initiatives like exclusive discount rates for gym memberships, investing in an office gym or taking on corporate wellness consultants. Stronger people tend to fall sick less often as well, which carries plenty of benefits at home too!
While that shiny new gym with the oak interior, steam sauna and jacuzzi pool has every right to charge a hefty premium, it doesn’t mean that you can’t shop around! The fitness industry has come a long way since the 80s — big chain gyms and neighbourhood fitness clubs are no longer as polarising as they once were. It really isn’t all that uncommon to see smaller establishments offering the same staples as commercial gyms but at a lower cost, with some even offering special amenities such as 24-hour access all year-round. And even if it still ends up exceeding your budget, there’s always the local fitness park or the beach for you to get your sweat session on! Home-based alternatives like resistance bands, kettlebells and adjustable dumbbells can also be considered.
There have been a lot of stories whereby the adoption of active lifestyles ends up incurring a cost in the relationships of people. Common examples include being cut out of a social circle that typically gathers for drinks every alternate night or being made fun of for taking fitness seriously for a change. The truth is that there will be some people in your life who won’t be able to understand your desire to change initially, or even at all. The important thing is they understand how this is your decision and afford you the appropriate amount of respect. When it comes to your end, do your part by not shoving your new lifestyle change down their throats. Adopting a holier-than-thou approach is a sure-fire way of making new enemies and alienating friends.
Part of the reason why such myths end up being exaggerated is due to the level of change an active lifestyle brings to the modern human being, who is used to being sedentary. Yet, change has always been the thing that precedes progress. While you may never know for sure just how far you’ll end up going, rest assured that it will at least be a step in the right direction.