8 Benefits of Fitness Other Than Shaping Your Body 336

benefits of fitness

Most people start going to the gym because of the muscles they build. Others want to lose weight, get ready for the summer and create the body they’ve always wanted to have. And yes, this is possible. It happens when you take your workouts seriously, stay focused and persistent.

But only after you’ve been to the gym a few times will you be able to notice the many other things it gives you. Slowly but steadily you’re becoming a better person. Every gym session takes you one step closer to success.
This sport takes more time, but the results are permanent and unbelievable. It needs dedication – effort, compromises, concentration, perseverance, time and energy.

Here are some other advantages of fitness:

8 Benefits of Fitness to Get You Motivated to Go to The Gym Today

1. You build character.

That’s right!

While you build muscles, you’re also building your character. You become disciplined, well-regulated and organized.

2. Nothing can stop you now.

The fitness lifestyle gives you self-confidence, but you also start to actually believe in yourself. Now that you’ve seen some results, you know you can achieve everything.

You are closer to success and that is the boost that motivates you to set more goals and work on them. Getting in shape is only the beginning and it shows you that everything is possible. You’ve set your mind for success and nothing can get in your way.

3. No more anger.

 You won’t yell at people or get annoyed anymore simply because your energy will be burnt in the gym. That will also make you even-tempered and calm.

4. You increase self-esteem.

Regardless of your weight, appearance and lack of muscles, after some time you will become more confident.

Many people try to discourage you from looking yourself in the mirror at the beginning of your fitness adventure. But I think this is one of the best things in the gym.

No matter how you look and feel before your first training, you can’t miss to see the change you’re going to experience. You will actually realize how hard you are working on yourself, you’ll give a signal to your subconsciousness that this time you are more motivated and determined than ever.

Notice your reflection in the mirror while doing every exercise, experience every movement and see how your veins pop out. Check yourself out after you finish. Be proud of all the sweat, because it is an evidence of the effort you just made.

5. It can become a lifelong habit.

You visit the gym a couple of times. It is hard and unpleasant in the beginning. You don’t feel comfortable there and think everyone is staring at you.

Then you decide to go again, and again.

After a month you start seeing some results and your motivation increases. Then after three months you’ll have built the habit of working out 3-5 times a week.

It is now as important to you as going to work/school. After a year you have a new body and want to make it even better. Everyone around you admires your dedication and results. Every aspect of your life is improved.

You will meet lovers and haters, but they will both make you even more motivated to continue to work out. Now going to the gym is the moment you look forward to every day. It has become a lifestyle. You wonder how you’ve lived without fitness before.

6. Less chance of a heart attack.

Cardio makes your heart stronger and it starts pumping blood with less effort. That lowers the risk of a heart attack.

7. Flexibility.

You work hard only during your gym session but you remain active for the whole day. You become livelier and agile. You are more balanced and flexible and move faster. Every activity in your day takes less effort simply because you can now lift heavier and endure more.

8. New people and atmosphere.

You may be living or working in a place you can’t stand, you may have to share an apartment with people you don’t like, but when you go to the gym to do your daily workout, you are stepping into a new world.

There you will make new friends, but this time they will be people who have the same interests and goals. You can exchange information, give and receive advice, get motivated and really feel like home there.

Start working out and enjoy each of these feelings. See the change and believe it is possible. Become invincible, take control over your body and mind and introduce the new you to the world.

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 31

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.