Living "The Gym Life" is a Long Term Investment - Not A Short Term Fix... If you’re open to starting something new and committing to long term fitness goals, here’s how.
Why living The Gym Life is a Long Term Investment - Not A Short Term Fix
The Body Transformation Challenge has passed and the #summer shred is well under way and challenges like these are great for short term motivation. If you arent taking part in the challenge, why not take inspiration from the results of customers and start something new and sustainable today. Maybe you're one of the many new years resolutioners who filled the gym with enthusiasm in January but couldn't quite stick at it. Whatever group you belong to, this article is here to help you see the long term benefits of training that extend beyond your body. Hopefully, this will give you the motivation you need to you need to make a change and stick with it.
One thing to be aware of when you start a new training programme, is that the average person wont see huge results in just one month, but what it can do is completely change your attitude! If you’re open to starting something new and committing to long term fitness goals, here’s how.
By going to the gym several days a week, every week, year in, year out, you learn the value of consistency. You show yourself and others that you can stick to something and you quickly learn that being consistent is the only way to ultimately achieve and retain the results you want in your physique. The euphoria that is experienced as a result of overcoming adversity and achieving goals that have been set can only ever be achieved with some kind of discipline – consistency is number one on the list.
“Part of courage is simple consistency.” Peggy Noonan
Often, training can be a mind game. Multiple studies have suggested the minds power to overcome what appear to be overwhelmingly poor odds; many have even put forward ways to use this to your advantage, be it via listening to music while you train (which offers a performance improvement of up to 10% on lifts, according to some sources) or verbally psyching yourself up with words or simply be exhaling with force during a lift (again, 5-10%). Developing the skill of persevering, despite poor odds and often pain, is an invaluable life skill in general.
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson
The typecast of the meat-head that trains is dead. Anyone that truly wants to build a worthy physique now needs to understand what they are doing by acquiring knowledge relevant to the field. Understanding macro-nutrients; tweaking your diet accordingly. Researching and checking which supplements work well (protein, creatine etc) and which are less worthwhile. Keeping an open mind so that you can learn new techniques and exercises to increase growth and maximise training potential. All of these things require a mind that is hungry for knowledge.
“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” Peter Drucker
These are long term benefits as a result of a change in character, not a change in body. Invest in the principles of training and it will be your mind that truly flourishes – your body simply reflects this.
By Brendan O’Keeffe (@blokfitness on Instagram)
On behalf of Bodybuilding Warehouse