â€œThe Six W’s: Work will win when wishing won’t.” -Todd Blackledge
We sit. We think. We wish.Â These are what I find to be the biggest problems with getting fit. As a personal trainer for 10 years and a participant in sports and fitness for over 25 years, I have seen so many of these chronic issues destroy fitness goals before they even begin.
We sit when we can stand. How many times do you just sit around doing nothing or watching television and wonder why weâ€™re overweight? How many times do we sit instead of stand on the bus? How often do we sit while at the gym?
Did you know that standing expends more calories than sitting? If you were to just stand up during some of these things you would be changing your life. Get up and do something instead of sitting in front of the computer or television. Stand up on the busâ€¦challenge your balance and get more out of your muscles. Donâ€™t even think about sitting down at the gym? Stand up in between sets. Squat down if you need to, but by all means donâ€™t sit!
We think and donâ€™t do. How many times do you think about going to the gym but never go? How often do you think about eating the right thing, but you donâ€™t? How frequently do you think about taking the stairs instead of the escalator but donâ€™t? Thereâ€™s nothing to it but to do it. Need more encouragement, get a Nike logo and place it on your fridge so that you see â€œJust Do Itâ€ more often. Thinking has yet to turn into enough calorie expenditure to help you reach your fitness goals. I canâ€™t count how many times Iâ€™ve heard a person say, â€œI was thinking about doingâ€¦â€ but they didnâ€™t do it. Turn those thoughts into actions and get your ass moving!
We wish on stars. Wishing is for babies and fools. There is no such thing as a genie in a lamp and wishes donâ€™t come true unless you make them come true. You have to put a little energy into the fire for it to burn and so put a little work in to get the results you desire. Nothing is gained without investment. The lottery requires investment, business ventures and stock gains require investment and relationships require investments. So what makes you think that your body doesnâ€™t require you to invest some hard work into it to achieve what you want?