It’s best to learn this sooner than later and you’ll be a healthier, happier human being: Be your own personal trainer. Ultimately the ball is in your court no matter how many gyms you join or trainers you hire.
You don’t need a gym or a class to be in shape. You might enjoy the extra motivation benefits it provides, but it’s not a necessity. My guess is most people feel like they don’t have an alternative plan. They think it’s the only choice.
You can be strong and in shape in your own home, apartment, yard, pool, neighborhood, parks… all around you! If you feel inhibited by the gym, turn on your playlist and dance in your own kitchen. Find a YouTube video and follow it. The choices are endless. The guilt from paying for a gym membership or yoga classes and then not going weighs heavy on people’s minds. And once we feel guilty, we can get in a rut. We blame ourselves… and that’s NOT empowering.
When we think that we’ve failed, we feel there’s nothing else we can do, so we end up doing nothing.
There are times when a trainer is necessary to kick-start your routine. You may need to learn weightlifting skills, or be in need of dramatic weight loss, or recovering from an injury. Or simply, that your inspiration is missing.
It also depends on your personality and thinking style. Do you need that external motivation and structure because you struggle with internal direction, or are you the kind of person that self-motivates and is committed to your own ideas? Perhaps an exercise partner is the simple solution to give you the right amount of motivation and accountability you need to get you up and running!
It takes practice if you want to effortlessly carry a scuba tank on your back, cycle a 10K, or lose that muffin top for good. Establish a personal goal and a routine on YOUR own terms. People look at Jennifer Aniston and say, “Well, if I had a private yoga instructor I would look like her too.” Nope… not buyin’ that one. We can’t compare ourselves to others like that or it’ll keep us from trying in the first place.
You’ll be more successful as your own personal trainer if you’re honest with yourself and align your activities with your preferences.
You can’t workout to impress anyone but you.
You have to have goals for yourself.
You can’t use guilt, blame or negative self-talk as part of the training.
You must choose something you love to do to get you moving so you can #WIN.
Life hack: if you’re in forward motion, then you’re halfway there! Keep it going and every day go a little further. Be your own personal trainer and you’ll realize you have True Grit.
True Grit can be defined as someone’s ability to persevere despite the presence of many challenges and obstacles to achieve a given goal. It’s the stickability that keeps you going when you feel there’s little support or others may have given you negative feedback or you just plain couldn’t make it up the hill as easily as you wished. Gritty people tend to stick to their goals despite setbacks and perceived failures. It’s an attitude of “I CAN” and believing in yourself; that you can conquer ANYTHING if you put your mind and body to it… whatever the outcome.
Get Off The Scale!
You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.
Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.
It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!
— Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free