Although the majority of people who walk into a gym are doing it for aesthetic reasons, everyone who comes into the gym, whatever the reason, is doing something wonderful for their body and health.
No matter what my clients primary goals are I always keep their long term health in mind when designing their program. Although any type of exercise is likely to improve your health, my job is to design a program that will get my clients to their goals, while also helping to optimize their health and ensure they are doing what will be best for them for the long haul.
Weight training, cardio, flexibility and balance training all have their place in an exercise program so it is important to find the balance that will help you get to where you want to be, will be sustainable for life,will benefit your health, and most importantly that you will enjoy.
I think too many people forget about the biggest reward of eating healthy and exercising, which is your own health. When you exercise and eat nutritious food, not only will you improve your health in many different ways (like lower blood pressure, decreased risk of disease, less aching joints, etc.), but you will notice that your body feels better.
When you start an exercise program, even if you do not lost weight, it’s important to remember that you are still improving your health. I also think it is important to point out that there are people who work out for reasons other than losing weight or looking good, some people truly do just want to feel better, stronger and live longer. Furthermore, after you make it a habit and not a chore you will actually start to enjoy exercise, and if you skip it or miss a few days your body will inform you through the way you feel.
I also feel the need to add that we are not dogs, you should not use food as a reward for good behaviour (especially when it involves being healthy and weight loss!!)
The best reward from eating healthy and exercising is the way you feel, next will be the physical changes, but if you feel the need to have a tangible reward – buy yourself a new workout outfit when you reach a goal, or go do something you never had the confidence, strength or skill to do before. I’m not trying to tell you to completely avoid tasty foods that may not be super nutritious, but don’t do it as a reward for a full week of good workouts and eating habits. That should be self-explanatory, learn to enjoy the reward of results.
So next time you step into the gym, yes keep your main goal in mind, but pay attention to how you feel after your workout. Notice the endorphin high, the sense of pride, the inner strength and sense of accomplishment – it’s basically an automatic mood booster!
In conclusion, whether you do or don’t change the number on the scale, exercise and healthy foods will change your life. Plus, the size of your pants doesn’t determine the amount of happiness in your life, your attitude and actual physical ability to enjoy it does!