There is one thing that makes this journey better. Scratch that, there are a lot of things but one thing, in particular, that takes the cake so to speak. The post-workout shake is not the answer for those of you who count down the seconds till you can drink one. Nor is it a specific muscle group day such as legs for the ladies or chest and arms for the men. This thing is a skill. One that should be carried out in most of the things we do apart from adding passion that is.
The ability to have fun in the gym isn’t always easy especially when you are doing heavy lifts, cardio or working a muscle group that isn’t your favourite. Not to mention, the stigma that the gym is for grinding and putting in the work to get the gains. I am all for this notion, don’t get me wrong but I have realized that this can happen with a clear mind and a lot of enjoyment. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror while you are lifting? It is hilarious, from the body position to the facial expression. Those who know this, I challenge you to fully enjoy that moment because it changes the remainder of the workout. As for those who have not done this or stray away from the mirrors to avoid seeing this sight, try it out.
Moreover, there are other ways to make a workout enjoyable such as finding a good playlist, adding some new movements and laughing through the pain. The last one being the most enjoyable experience you will have. Stemming from the notion of why! Why do we put our body through such odd things to build it up? Lifting heavy pieces of metal to grow muscles that add shape to the body. All of it is relatively odd if you think about it outside the context.
Disrupting The Progress
Enjoying the movements and embracing how odd it is, does not affect your form or break the line of concentration. In my opinion, it allows you to be fully present in the moment in addition to getting the most out of the workout. Moreover, a present mind is a happy mind which, in turn, produces a happy person i.e. You! Bringing that good energy into a workout keeps energy high and provides something for others to feed off of if they’d like to.
That said, a quiet laugh about the stretch or pain radiating from a muscled you didn’t even know existed is a good thing. Even smiling after completing a heavy lift because of the face you made in the mirror is good too. As you can see anything can be enjoyable when you allow it to be. Furthermore, These notions change everything for the better from my experience. It is liberating to be able to have an open mind and enjoy every moment of a workout.
I know this seems like an odd thing to do at first, but it does help. That said, I’d like to challenge all of you to do one thing during a workout that you would not normally do. Smile at yourself, add a new movement, listen to some nostalgic tunes, or laugh through the pain. No matter what it is, remember to embrace it fully and enjoy the Ride!
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