You have had enough. You are sick of feeling tired all the time, despite spending most of your days switching between sitting at a desk and on the couch. You want to climb the stairs without feeling winded, and you can’t help but notice that there is a spare tire around your midsection recently. The time to start is now. You are ready to start working out again.
You head into your local gym to get started right away. You walk in and all around you, there are jacked bodybuilders lifting dumbbells heavier than you are, and all these slim-yet-muscular people on the ellipticals who look like freaking models. You peek into the fitness class in the room in the back and everyone is doing these moves that seem to defy physics. You head to the treadmill, trying to shake the feeling that you are inadequate, but as you huff and puff, you can’t help but feel like everyone is judging you. You run for about 20 minutes before the overwhelming feeling of not being “fit” enough to work out in public forces you off the treadmill and out of the gym forever. I’ll start again tomorrow, you think to yourself, stopping for fast food on your way home back to the safety of your couch.
This is a common experience, and why many people fail to achieve their fitness goals. When it comes to working out, so much depends on your ability to opt for mind over matter. Yet when you have years of insecurity about your body and fitness level to overcome, it can be difficult to quiet the voices in your head that tell you that working out just isn’t for you. This simply isn’t true; you just need to find fitness that fits YOU.