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CI4 Principles to Pump-Up Your Workout
Hey hey! Alex Shalman here, and Carla tells me that there are a bunch of MizFits roaming around these parts of blog-town. I’m forced to listen to her, in fact, when Queen MizFit and I skype-chat.
I come wearing a bullet-proof vest… I mean, have you SEEN her GUNS?!?
Carla is a great example of what we can accomplish with our bodies when we put our heart and soul into our training. In fact, I’m willing to bet that she absolutely loves her workouts, gets super excited about them, and because of this she’s able to get into such insane shape.
I’ve been working out myself, and, my energy levels have been going through the roof. Not only in my workouts, but throughout my whole day. In fact, it’s been affecting and infecting every part of my life. More energy, more focus, better mood, better attitude, better diet.
It’s turned into a positive feedback loop – more excitement about working out leads to more exercise, and more exercise leads to more excitement about it. Some of us are stuck on another loop – or more of a hamster wheel – especially when it comes to our jobs (aka, the rat race).
That’s the problem. We’re creatures of habit… we’re slaves of habit. One of my favorite personal development writers, Og Mandino (R.I.P.) says “If you must be a slave to habit, then be a slave to good habits.”
I totally agree, and this is why it’s so important to get ourselves into that positive feedback loop of exercising and feeling great. In order to do that, I use 4 principles to get myself excited about exercise.
1. Start Slow. Our motivation comes and goes, so whenever you feel motivated, start. The problem is, when we’re first starting out, our motivation is much larger than our fitness level. We rush off to the gym, pick up the heaviest weights, and regret it the next day.
We’re setting ourselves up for a negative feedback loop. Work out, suffer pain, never come back. Instead, start slow, know that you can give more, but hold yourself back. Feel great the next day and push yourself a little harder next time.
2. Set a Schedule. Our bodies are very intuitive. When we exercise during the same time each day, our bodies compensate by giving us extra energy right before the work out starts. This “prepare for battle” mode may take a couple of weeks to ingrain into our bodies, but once it’s there, we’re able to take our workouts to a new level.
Morning time is my favorite time to exercise. Before the day gets to me, and before my time is demanded elsewhere, I “get my workout in.” At the end of the day, I personally find that there is too much possibility for excuses. Whichever works for you, try to stick with a daily exercise routine, and your body will appreciate you for it.
3. Get People Involved. Whether it’s a trainer at the gym, a friend, or exercise partner, get other people involved. Being accountable to others allows them to keep an eye on you like a watch dog. On your most lazy days, the power of guilt from these people will get you working out – a case of positive guilt? Yes!
My trainer is there to make sure I push myself to my limits. My girlfriend is there to remind me to go to sleep, because I have a workout coming up in the morning. My friend is there to set an example as to what a real athlete’s dedication looks like, and inspire me. Get several people in your life that you admire, who will motivate you, and keep you accountable.
4. Have Fun Working Out. This is the most important principle. Take pleasure in training towards a goal, but more importantly take pleasure in every rep, and every step. We’re not actually going to get anywhere with our workouts. Sure, we might set a new personal record, or beat our friends in a friendly-competition, but then what?
Then you start a new goal, and train towards that. It will be some time before you reach that goal, and reaching the goal is just one moment in time. The rest of the time is spent on the journey, and that’s what the majority of our life is made of. Enjoy the sweat, the pain, and the relaxation that comes after a workout. Enjoy Life!