[Daily Impact #8] “It doesn’t have to be complicated…”

Usually in our teens and twenties, we are in fantastic shape.

We have time to go to the gym, run, bike, climb, or whatever fitness activity you are in to at the time.

Then life happens.

We begin to get too ‘busy’, or at least that is what we tell ourselves.

“I have to clean the bathroom”

“I have to do laundry”

“I have to finish this project”

“I’m too tired”

I have to do this, I have to do that….blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Nobody cares.

Before you know it, you wake up one day, look in the mirror, see the reflection staring back at you and think to yourself, “Who the fuck this person?!”

You’ve put on weight, your clothes don’t fit like they used to, bending over to tie your shoe is now uncomfortable, you have ‘muffin-tops’, etc…

What happened?

It’s not that you are too busy. That is just a lie we tell ourselves.

It’s not even that you have become lazy.

What happened is that you made fitness complicated.

You don’t need a fancy gym membership.

You don’t need fancy equipment.

You don’t need a complicated workout program.

You don’t need a ton of time either.

Don’t believe me. Go to Amazon and get a Crossfit WOD book. Most of the workouts in those books can be done in 15 minutes, but they will leave you sweat soaked and gasping for air.

Have a deck of cards? Try the Deck of Pain workout. Each suit corresponds to a different exercise. For example: Hearts = Push ups, Spades = Pull ups, Diamonds = Sit ups, Clubs = Burpees. The number on the card equals the amount of reps you need to do. Believe me, this is not as easy as it may sound.

Have an internet connection, subscribe to Beachbody or download one of the many fitness apps out there and press ‘Play’. So many of these workouts can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

A couple of years ago, I weighed nearly 200 pounds.

All 5’6” of me was becoming a fucking blimp, and I sure as hell did not like what I looking at in the mirror.

So I made a change.

I subscribed to Beachbody, pressed ‘Play’, and kept it simple.

I didn’t have to leave my house and waste time driving to and from a gym.

I didn’t have to think about what workout I was going to do that day because a Program was already created for me.

I didn’t need any fancy equipment. Mostly just body weight exercises and a few dumbbells.

Simplicity lead to consistency which lead to success, because I didn’t make achieving fitness more complicated than it needed to be.
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