The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
Why is it so hard for most of us to stick to a fitness routine?
Is it because we’re lazy? Too busy? Unmotivated? Are we doomed to stay out of shape forever?
Probably not. It turns out there are actually a few pretty darn good reasons why working out regularly is a challenge:
- Going too hard, too fast. After panicking that they’ve put on a few pounds or realize they haven’t been to the gym in 5 months, people tend to sign up for these super intense programs that their bodies just aren’t ready for. Queue the morning after, when they can barely roll out of bed because they feel like they’ve been hit by a mack truck.
- Living in the past. Let’s face it, our bodies change over time – and most people don’t take this into account when they commit to working out. The workout of a 50-year-old won’t be the same as a 25-year-old, and this is especially true if you’re just getting started.
- Getting impatient. We have brains that love quick rewards, so naturally, we want to see the fruits of our labor very quickly. If this doesn’t happen, most people lose steam and fall back into their old habits.
No wonder it’s so hard to get in shape!
So what’s the answer?
Well, for starters, be kind to yourself. Create a plan that allows you to start slow and build up as you gain strength and develop the habit. Make sure you’re starting where you are now – not where you think you should be.
Lastly – pick activities that you enjoy and can see yourself doing long-term.
If you loathe running and going to the gym, but love to swim and play soccer, don’t torture yourself by running track at the YMCA. You’re setting yourself up to fail if you try to force yourself into something you hate.
Getting into an exercise routine is a fantastic way to invest in your future. Given that inflation is affecting healthcare costs at double the rate of everything else, it’s a bright idea for your financial future to try to keep yourself in tip-top shape as much as possible.
If you’d like to talk about other ways to protect yourself against rising costs, book a 15-minute chat with me by calling 513-563-PLAN (7526) or booking it online. No leg days or heavy lifting needed.
Nikki Earley, CFP®