What do these 2 statements have in common?
“I’m so excited, i’m joining the gym, i’m committed, i’m gonna go every single day”.
“Oh I can’t be fucked anymore.”
They are both usually said by the same people!
(Obviously I know there isn’t 8 days in a week, but i’m making a point here)
I used to do this myself, i’d build up for months and months telling myself “I’m going to lose some weight” and finally i’d start exercising, i’d either join the gym or just do something at home. And i’d jump right in and start doing it every day. 3 or 4 weeks later I wouldn’t be doing it anymore, i’d be too physically and mentally drained.
When starting a new exercise program or wanting to lose weight, we sometimes ask “How often should I goto the gym?”.
We can be well meaning and totally think we’re going to do it every day, but when we do that in reality and find out how draining it is to our body and our mind to commit to that.. alot of people give up and stop alltogether a month later.
I admire the commitment if you decide to do something like this, but from my own experience I know that all you’re doing is wasting your time. I’m not encouraging you to not even start, i’m just encouraging you to do it in a different and much more effective way.
It might sound boring, and I know you want results really quick so would rather go all out. But…
You’ll have MUCH better results if you start small and build up.
I’ve achieved the majority of my results working out only 3 days a week. A few times I did more days but found it a bit much for me. 3 days doesn’t sound like much, but I lost 52kg initially and then bulked up around 10kg and i’m maintaining a weight around 87kg. Sure if I expanded it a bit at this point to more days I might get more results, but i’m fine with 3 days and I want time to do other things in my life. With that i’m able to maintain a good level of fitness and health, more so than almost all of the rest of my life.
The hardcore people won’t like this and that’s fine. But even if you DO decide to workout more after a while, my point still stands. Start small.. start where you CAN. Even if it’s one day a week, seriously.. and that’s what you can start to do consistently. Then two, then three. Add a bit more as you can handle it and as your body and mind adjusts as you build the new habit.
You can extend past that of course if you want to, you don’t have to stay at 3 days like I have. But even if you do plan to workout 5 or 6 days a week it will be MUCH more sustainable over the long term if you’ve built up to it than if you’ve just jumped into it straight away.
If you’re really out of shape your first workout may be 5 or 10 minutes. The key is that you’re doing MORE than before, that you’re just doing SOMETHING. You can start to get results that way. If 5 minutes stresses you, that’s fine. You only want to look at yourself, what YOU can do and not trying to compare yourself to really fit people. If you start small with what you can do and build up, you’ll find that in no time you’ll be able to do way more than you ever expected. The other thing to keep in mind is to do what you enjoy, if it’s not the gym for you it might be going for a walk in nature, running, going for a swim, or whatever.
If on the other hand you start full on trying to do it every day for hours, it’s likely that in no time you’ll have given up alltogether.
I know which one i’d prefer!