Patience. In a world awash with instant gratification, it can be hard to have the patience to work on your fitness. Getting your body and health where it needs to be takes time. It’s going to take longer than you think, and it’s definitely going to take longer than you want. It won’t take a day, it won’t take a month, and if you’re where you want to be after only 6-12 months of training, you can consider yourself one of the lucky ones. If you’re new to training, you have to look at how long you’ve been living without any type of intense activity. Working hard for 3-6 months is not going to undo 20-30 years of little to no activity. If you’ve been inactive for years, your body has adapted to a sedentary lifestyle, and it won’t be quick or easy to get it where you want it to be. But it ill definitely be worth it. We promise.
Does that mean you should just throw in the towel? Absolutely not. It just means that you need to manage your expectations and develop other methods by which to gauge your progress. We’ve covered this before, but a scale is NOT the way to measure progress. A scale measures your weight, not your overall health. And like the scale, what size clothing you wear is not an indicator of your health and fitness levels. There are people that wear a size zero that are on the verge of a heart attack, and there are those who shop at the ‘big and tall’ store who are in incredibly good shape.
You need to use something that is a direct indicator of your fitness, and that is performance. Look at your performance in whatever physical activity that you do. Is it improving? If so, you’re doing it right. This also means that whatever training you choose (weightlifting, running, cycling, swimming, yoga, CrossFit, etc) needs to be measurable. You need to see the progress to keep yourself motivated. This is why we have so many benchmarks at KyBRa Athletics. The 2k row, 500m ski, 1:00 air dyne sprint, back squat max, 1 mile run, 5k, etc, are all ways for us to make sure that everyone is improving. If you just go to the gym and do a bunch of random exercises, you will eventually lose motivation because it is difficult to measure your progress.