Gym(micks) and Mind.
So you went to that famous air conditioned gym an year ago with “#fitnessgoals”, transformation plans and subscribed to all the gym heroes on YouTube to stay motivated but lost all the motivation to workout within a month or so?
Is gaining muscle your New Year resolution for 2018 (AGAIN)? Also, this time you decided to have back up plans for building muscle and loosing weight. You added to your amazon cart that weight loss pill, that fancy-shmancy shape up belt and another firangi protein powder. Don’t worry. You’re not the only one here. There are a lot of people who are tricked into thinking that fitness is a commodity beacuse of B-grade marketing skills. Often we loose our focus on improving our overall health and concentrate entirely on achieving a sculpted body in as less time as possible. Sometimes the decisions that we take to look good can be fatal. There’s no short cut to having a healthy body and state of mind.
Always teach your mind and soul first, then comes the body. Patience and consistency are the hardest muscles to train. Once you learn to be patient with your progress, you will definitely achieve the desired result.
Start working out in the gym gradually and don’t over exhaust yourself on the first day itself. Take a fortnights time and make friends with the equipment in the gym. Let your body adjust to this new change. Then, start figuring out a specific exercise routine with the help of the instructor and start training.
Be consistent and try to motivate yourself from the inside. Observe the minute changes in your body but don’t give up too soon if you can’t see any changes. Give your body a minimum of 3 months of time. After all, it has been treated badly for so many years. Your body will start adapting to your exercise routine in 6 weeks but other people can only notice the difference in 12 weeks. Do not loose hope and give up the idea of sweating out in a gym. Maybe those shape up belts work, but definitely they’ll never improve your inner health. Exercising releases endorphins and hormones like dopamine and serotonin that help fight depression, mood swings, irritatbility and other issues related to the mind. You feel happy inside out.
According to Mr. Rohit Pariveda, an entrepreneur and a fitness enthusiast, it’s all in the head. He says that it’s the mind that has to be trained before the body. He continues, “It’s easy to take the gym membership but it’s hard to stay consistent”. He initially started working out to get a good body and structure but eventually he realised that gymming does not only effect the body physically but also internally. Now he doesn’t work out to have a great body. He’s grown above that and says “I work out to build strength from the inside”.
Coming to the diet, he says that anything can be eaten in moderation while keeping in mind the portion size. He suggests the readers to eat wholesome and unprocessed food as often as possible inorder to build stamina naturally without using protein powders and other muscle building powders that claim to give you swift results. He loves Hyderabadi Biryani and thick shakes and he consumes them in moderation. If he ever over eats, he makes sure to workout for a bit longer than usual for a week or so. He strongly opposes the use of unhealthy protein powders filled with filth and steroids that people inject themselves with to achieve a sculpted body.
So, the next time you are tricked into buying pills, powders and other instruments to stay fit, think about your mind and innerself. Would you want a perfect body with a crappy mind that depends on short cut methods to achieve your goals (which wouldn’t even last for long)? Think twice before you choose.
No pain no gain.