Finding The Joy Of Working Out – Alex Issa

Alex Issa – @AlexIssaFitness

There are two kinds of people.  There are people that enjoy and love working out and there are people that find working out to be a chore.  How you separate yourself from one side to the other is finding your joy of working out.

How often do you hear an individual dread going into the gym?  How often do you hear people complain about not having enough time to actually get to the gym?  Too many times probably.  However, it can be a simple shift of a person’s mindset towards working out that can help someone find joy in working out.

I remember the first time I truly worked out.  I was in the 7th grade and my brother convinced my dad to buy us a multi-use bench station and a set of dumbbells. My brother was training for lacrosse try-outs and he asked if I wanted to join him.  Of course I had no idea what I was doing, but I know I benched 125lb that day!  The next day, I bragged to all of my friends what I did and I wanted to keep doing it! I was introduced to the iron at a young age and the love for it has grown each and every day.  Over the years, I have found different purposes and reasons to keep going.  Whether it was to get stronger, lose weight, and train for football, I had a reason to go and never dreaded a moment while I was there.  Were there times that the workouts were so tough I did not want to do them? Absolutely.  Was I so exhausted that the last thing I wanted to do was workout? You bet.  However, never did I think to myself that I HAVE to go workout.  Instead, I thought to myself, “I GET to go workout and better myself today!”

Your joy in working out can be found by finding a purpose.  The purpose of someone going to work-out can be to lose 10lb, train for a power lifting competition, or live a healthy lifestyle.  That purpose has to be found by the person internally.  No one outside can help create that because they will not be the one fulfilling the purpose.

A lot of times people lose the joy of working out because they aren’t seeing the results they want.  People believe that going to the gym a few times a week and eating a strict diet will get them quick results.  The results take time; it is a process. When the results do not show, the frustration begins.  Negativity will start to eat away at whatever joy you had about working out because you are busting your tail each and every day and nothing shows for it.  You will face adversity during the process, but never lose the joy of working out.  Once the joy is lost, then the person’s purpose to working out is gone.

If you haven’t found the joy of working out yet, find it and never let it go.  There is no better feeling in the world.

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