HEALTH

5 Fitness Lessons You’ll Learn Only The Hard Way

Workout because you love your body. Not because you hate it.

Credits: Rajeev Yadav

When you attain an unbelievable feat, you’ll want to share your story to inspire humanity because a good heart spreads happiness.

I adopted the streak mentality in 2019 when I transcended my body limits in a 100-days fitness challenge. The emotional jolt was so influential on day 100 that I even shared my journey.

Since then, it has been two years. Now, consistency comes to me automatically. I don’t have to force myself to it.

The hard truth is:

Unless consistency becomes your surname, it’s important in the starting.

Before a habit becomes a lifestyle, persistence is the key. At the start of my fitness journey, I was a sucker for instant gratification. I surrendered to the social media portrayal of the perfect physique.

When I still meet novices in their fitness journey who get some facts wrong, I explain to them to look at fitness not as a chore but as a ritual.

Here are five lessons that I still wish every newbie would benefit from if they learn them at the starting of their journey. It will help to break the internal resistance to follow the journey with ease.

#1. Workout because you love your body. Not because you hate it.

Fitness is a form of self-love.

Comparing your image with a stylised fitspo on IG only makes you feel insecure that you’re not dedicated enough to reach an 8% body fat to be in your best shape.

But fitness is not about getting shredded to the T. Fitness is about incorporating an active mindset, not about scoring brownie points on social media.

2. Understand how your body adapts.

Amateurs do ego-lifting.

I’m guilty. I’ve hurt myself in the starting when I ignored progression and skipped some weights in between.

Ego-lifting inflicts almost irreparable damage to your body. The geniuses focus on the progression and technique while understanding how their body adapts to the routine.

3. Combine strength training and cardio to experience the best of both worlds.

Since I started running almost every day for the last three months, I realised how much I missed cardio back in my streak century.

Cardio increases your heart rate to increase the blood flow to places you can’t even see. It also improves oxygen supply to the muscles for better performance in strength training.

Strength training is an integral part of muscle development. Still, if you don’t satisfy the body cells with oxygen from a cardio workout, you’re missing out on the powerful combination of strength training and cardio.

4. Supplements are 1% of your diet.

Science-backed advice is to follow a whole-food diet. It means your micro and macro-nutrients will be in balance.

But if you have certain medical conditions or shortcomings because of genetics, supplements may help you with fatigue after a medical consultation.

I used creatine in my initial journey because it’s difficult for a lactose-intolerant guy like me to frisk the supplement industry to look for lactose-free whey ( or casein ).

Right now, I’m not taking any supplements. But if I do, it will be pea protein.

5. Ditch information-porn. Focus on scientific advice.

A person who has seen you fight alone in a fantastic transformation will never let you lose heart because they have blind trust in you.

Someone who knows better than you about fitness regime will never criticise you because they know how hard it is to sweat nonstop.

But the people who can’t get out of their bed to push their bodies will tell you all sorts of crap about how you’re not the next Arnold Schwarzenegger or a callisthenics God. Please see through their insecurities, but don’t let it dim your shine.

Instead of taking advice from a person who isn’t a certified trainer, follow science-backed advice.

Final words

The human body is designed to move.

Fitness is a mindset. Understanding your body limits means learning how to outperform yourself while being your best self every day.

While living an active lifestyle for two years ongoing, I’m still transcending my body limits every day with practice.

The human body is designed to move. The lessons in this article aren’t exhausting, but it is better to keep them in mind when deciding on a fitness routine:

  1. Workout because you love your body. Not because you hate it.
  2. Understand how your body adapts.
  3. Combine strength training and cardio to experience the best of both worlds.
  4. Supplements are 1% of your diet.
  5. Ignore information-porn. Focus on scientific advice.

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Sanjeev is a writer, mentor and recovering shopaholic from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not busy with his muse, he’s sweating either in a workout or emulating outdoor games in his home because of the pandemic. He also chronicles his writing and fitness journey on Instagram. He’s putting fires on Twitter too.

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Sanjeev Yadav

Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page