If you’re not smiling during your workout then you’re doing it wrong.
This is what I’ve found to be true based on my training and observation of others. If you can’t enjoy your workout then you will never get the results and progress you want. Plain and simple.
I’ve been so consistent and seen great results because I smile, laugh, and joke during my workouts (to the point where people look at me weird, haha!), so I stay lighthearted and positive which gets me through difficult times. Essentially, I embrace the suck with positive energy (something I’m learning in The Way of the Seal by Mark Divine) which gets me through rough spots during my workout. This way I stay motivated and committed to completing my workouts with great intensity to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.
I say this because working out should be more than a blocked out 30-60 minutes at the gym that you force yourself to go to after work just to fool yourself that you’re doing something.
It should be an activity or group of activities that you truly enjoy doing that just happens to be active.
This doesn’t mean you don’t go hard and push yourself to your extreme limits from time to time, but you have to smile to embrace the suck of the hardship happening now that sows the results you want later.
If powerlifting, bodybuilding, or circuit training ain’t your thing then find an activity that is. There’s no point in doing an activity for no reason unless you either like it or there’s a purpose behind it that supports you in something else.
If you hate lifting weights then try gymnastics or yoga. If that still doesn’t click with you maybe a sport, such as football or golf, or even something as simple as dancing, will get you excited. Whatever it is, workout with somethhing that fires you up and makes you want to come back for more.
And when those rough and difficult patches hit, just remember to smile, laugh, and say something like, “feeling good, looking good, should be in Hollywood” (also from WOS which I’m starting to use!).
I guarantee you it will make all the difference when you hit that wall and can’t seem to keep going because you can.
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