Musings on respecting people who workout consistently

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Our body reflects the lifestyle we lead, healthy or unhealthy.

To give an introduction to people who are new to working out, here’s a short paragraph.

Working out is being active. There are two main types of workouts. Cardiovascular and resistance training. Popular workouts for cardiovascular is running where resistance training is lifting weights. Key component for cardiovascular is raising the heart rate where resistance training is exerting substantial force by using pushing and pulling motions.

In order to improve the level of physical fitness in almost any field, it requires pushing past your limits. This, equals pain. In other words, in order to grow, you have to go through pain, every single workout. People who have good bods (#instabod) go through a lot of pain. Day in day out. They go through pain in a very consistent manner.

And if you aren’t getting my message by now, let me rephrase it: People who have good bods go through a lot of pain and suffering.

Many people coast through life. Many spend their lives looking for the one change, the one thing that will turn their life around. Many people spend a lot of time on the internet, then tell themselves that they are not distracted. Many people want to get instant or fast results without suffering tremendous amount of pain.

I say these people are lying to themselves.

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Anything that bestow you with pain and yet you have to push past it requires tremendous amount of focus. Without focus, it’s easy to give up. That’s the reason why people give up in the middle of a run while some are able to push through it. That’s the reason why some people don’t look you in the eye while passing you because they are so damn focused on getting to the finish line. Just look at the faces of those runners who are in a race. That’s all they think about — the finish line. Look at serious gym-goers during a workout, they don’t look at anyone else other than focusing on getting and maintaining perfect form.

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Because pushing past physical limits requires tremendous amount of focus, it takes a lot to maintain the state of focus. The act of staying focused trains the mind. That itself is the rep of staying focused. Top athletes stay focused during the game. How do they do it? They are trained to focus during the game. They don’t think about anything else other than winning the game during the game. Which is why when athletes get bad press their game is bound to drop in quality – level of focus is affected and thus unable to perform at optimum level.

Now, why do the above matter and why should you respect people who workout consistently?

  • Because these people practice and understand consistency.
  • Because these people practice and understand how to remain focused.
  • Because these people understand pain and discomfort is a necessity in pushing past their limits, day in day out.
  • Because these people overcome the resistance to go through pain and do it anyway.
  • Because these people prioritise health over other things just so they stay fit to protect their love ones.
  • Because these people understand what is consistency, staying focused, pain, discipline, and overcoming resistance.

With all these reasons, I present my main muse: People who work out consistently and have good bods will go far in life. They know having consistency, staying focused, pain, discipline, and overcoming resistance is key to success because by doing all these things, they push past their limits. And because they are used to pushing past their limits, such attributes will spillover to their professional lives where it’s a requirement to success.

With that, I leave you with this video:

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