TOO TIRED TO WORKOUT
Thanks for tuning into Nspyired.com, and as you know my name is Ben Lanier, and I’m here to share part of my life with you.Ideally, I?d love for this blog to be a place where we can share ideas and change the world, not all at once, but one step at a time.
Ideally, I?d love for this blog to be a place where we can share ideas and change the world, not all at once, but one step at a time.
I?m a former college baseball player and throughout the years I have developed a few habits exercising and training to become the best player that I could possibly be. ?These habits that I’ve developed have carried over into my life as a working professional, however, it has not always been easy.
The thing that no one tells you in college is what the expectation is after graduation. ?I was under the assumption that you get a job and start living the American Dream.
Unfortunately in 2010, when I graduated the job market was still tough. ?I looked for a job briefly, but I was pretty fortunate I had a family business to go home to, so that?s what I did. ?That was the good part, I had a job and making a living, but the downside, or the part I was not prepared for was the long work hours, 10 to 12 Hours a day.
I?m still not sure if that?s a typical workday, but nonetheless, my workout routine and habits that I developed as a baseball player slowly diminished. ?I noticed?fat starting to form around my midsection, my muscle definition started to fade, and my energy levels were at zero. ?I didn?t gain a bunch of weight all at once, but little by little, I eventually gained some weight.
You see, the scale wouldn?t necessarily be the thing to alert me of my health because of my muscular build. ?During baseball season my weight would fluctuate about 10 – 15 lbs., so the scale was not something I turned to as a gauge of my health. ?During the winter months of baseball season, I would weigh around 185 lbs. and by the end of summer, I would weigh about 170 to about 175 lbs. and honestly, when I fell off my workout routine, at most I weighed 190 lbs.
I admit 190 started to look a little chunky, I?m only 5?8? (with shoes on).
THE TIPPING POINT
The tipping point for me was one day I decided to go to the doctor for migraines. ?I?ve had migraines since I was a child, so that’s always been an issue.
During my visit to the doctor, she informed me that my blood pressure was slightly elevated and I was instructed to exercise daily and limit my intake of certain foods. ?It was common sense to me and I didn?t really need the doctor to tell me that, but it put a scare in me regardless. ?All I know is that I didn?t want to be on blood pressure pills.
That?s no good for a young man, I think I?ve heard stories of what it could do to you, so I figured I?d pass that stage and start working out again.
BACK ON THE GRIND
I admit it was extremely hard to get back in the gym. ?I found that more than anything I was embarrassed that I let myself get out of shape. ?I was a person that took pride in my workouts; I was so focused on starting my professional life that I forgot that you have to take care of yourself.
I think we all get to a point, and we just want look or feel as we once did. ?You can get back to that level you once were at or even start getting there for the first time. ?You have to be realistic and patient with yourself. ?If your at the point and you want to get in shape, it’s easy. ?If I were you this is what I would do:
1. Schedule a time period to workout.??If you have a previous exercise routine that you’re used to doing, pick a day and slowly incorporate the workout into you’re existing schedule. ?You don’t have to go five days a week it’s totally okay to start with one day a week, but phase your workout. ?Maybe start once a week for January but when February rolls in you hit the gym twice and maybe you fit a walk in your schedule with your significant other on the weekend. ?At that point you’ve gone from one day a week to working out three days a week. ?Small steps my friend!
Here’s a workout program that you can use if you’d like…
2. Create the Environment. ?For me creating the environment means having my clothes already packed so I don’t have to ramble around the house. ?When I keep my workout clothes handy, the gym or hitting the trail for a run is second nature. ?If I were you I would keep my workout clothes close by, just eliminate one more step to a workout. ?The longer you have to think about what you’re going to do, the easier it is for “something to come up”.
3. Just go. ?Just go to the gym or whatever it is you want to do, don’t sit on the couch. ?Anytime I sit on my couch, I think to myself how tired I am and how I need my rest. ?It’s all a lie, I lie to myself all the time and if you sit on the couch you will lie to yourself too. ?The better you get at just going, the more of a habit it will become. ?I don’t want to tell you do it for 21 days and it’s a habit forever because it may become a habit briefly. ?The more days you skip the easier it becomes to fall back into those old habits. ?If you fall, just dust yourself off and try it again.
I have nothing but the best of wishes to you. ?Please keep pushing and remember to be patient with yourselves. Take it a step at a time and get back to it.
I’d love to hear from you, what are some tips you have for working out consistently? ?Or what would you suggest to someone wanting to make their health a priority?
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