Gym isn’t the only place we have to be to stay healthy and fit. There is so much we can do outside the weight room to gain optimal health. We don’t have to give up on our health just because our surroundings or circumstances have changed.
I have come across people who have completely given up training because of the changes life is bringing to their attention, such as, change of career, moving to new city or country, having a kid, getting married, low in cash etc.
Our body doesn’t need gym to be active, all it needs is a determined mind with at the least 15-20 minutes aside to jump up the physical energy. One has to be resourceful to create an environment for a healthy living.
I have had various times my life when I wasn’t able to go to gym, either due to affordability or physical access due to my location. But I have always found ways to train my body and this still happens if I am travelling for work or leisure.
There are at least six exercises that I have used and continue to rely upon outside the weight room. Something you can do too anywhere anytime.
With these handful of exercises, one can easily stay in good shape throughout the year without having to go to the gym. I certainly do enjoy the environment of the gym I go to but that doesn’t mean I only rely on that factor for my fitness. Give yourself permission to be flexible with the approach of training and physical fitness, you will become more resourceful than you have ever been.
Physical training initiates with a mindset of whether a person wants to do it or not. Only after that it comes down to deciding where, when and what about the training. Many people get tied up with an excuse or rather limitaion of not having enough resources to train, be it time, gym access, clothing, money etc.
However, it really is not about having those resources available but resourcefullness of an individual. Utilising the best of what we have got is what counts the most instead of waiting for the best to arrive and this is what seperates winners from loser, successful from mediocrity and champions from ametuers.
This does comes with the mindset of how we see things, our perception based on our reality. But that doesn’t mean one cannot change the way they think, all it takes is to be open to learn about new ways to form new habits of success.
So coming back to being resourceful the easiest and the fastest way is to ask yourself “how can I” questions because they are really a dimension opener.
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What you are doing is allowing your subconscious mind to think beyond it’s current limitations that you have already set by constantly repeating of the notions such as – “I don’t have time”; ” I don’t have money”; ” I am too busy with work and kids”; ” I can’t be bothered” and the list of limitaions goes on.
We all have challenges on a daily basis but whether we focus on finding solutions or the problem itself is our choice.
One of the biggest mistakes people make that they set goals that are too low in standards or too easy to achieve. The goal to them is a mere checklist that they need to get it out of their “to-do list” and something that is achievable within the comfort zone.
If you are one of those people then sadly and unfortunatley you are limiting yourself to rise to your true potential in all areas of your life.
In order to grow you must first realise that you will have to step out of your comfort zone which means you will have to go through a process of doing things that you don’t want to in order to get the results you really want. So if you want to become leaner and fitter you will have to step out of the lazy zone of yours to get into the gym to train to get the body you want along with eating foods that don’t taste good but are beneficial for your overall health.
That’s what you need to work towards when you are setting goals for yourself that whether the action associated in acheiving them is easy or something that will be taxing but will help you become a better version of yourselves.
Another important aspect is to think bigger to aim higher. Most people are scared to think a bigger picture because they subconciously believe that this dream is not for me or I don’t deserve it. Step out of that self victim zone when setting goals for yourself and allow yourself to dream big.
Aim high enough that your inner core becomes uncomfortable thinking about it but also pushes you to go after then same goal. You may miss the exact point but you will land somewhere really close by and turn around to see how far you have come to make a difference.
A friend of mine recently asked me this question. Although a fair one, I have avoided answering this with many people in a truthful way, because I have been skeptical of the way it will get perceived.
But maybe my honesty might help someone out there to look at things differently. So here it is in exact words what I told my friend –
I don’t see motivation as an external thing but more from within. My go-to thoughts are the hard times I have been through in my life and thinking that my back is against the wall. I keep my aim to be present for my family with full energy and presence of mind. I think of training as something to help me channel all my energy into becoming a better version of who I was yesterday and more so to be in control of my own internal environment in order to survive in the external environment.
I truly believe that the way I show up in one area of life, I will do the same in every other area of life. So if my health is not in check them my family, career, finances, purpose, passion, and relationships will also go out of alignment. Training to me more like an anchor to get up and take control of life instead of others taking control of it.
To extend it further, it makes me a leader of my own life as I take charge from the get-go. I want to be prepared mentally, emotionally and physically before I step myself into the daily grind of working life where the battles of dealing with human emotions are constant.
Well, I hope this makes sense and helps some of you to start thinking about your life and health differently.