Every gym has a group of regulars that show up, uhh, well, regularly. Everybody knows them and if they miss a day their absence is noticed.
They are the diehards -- the fitness lifestylers -- but but they are a minority and not motivated by the same things, which is apparent by their different appearances and degrees of dedication.
And there is a difference between a regular and a lifetstyler. If you don't know what that means you really need to start going to the gym more often.
Gym regulars can be motivated by:
- The social aspect. They chat more than train.
- They have been warned their lifestyle is killing them and they need to start exercising and eating sanely.
- They like the accomplishment of getting stronger and looking better than the majority of the planet.
The first two item don't interest me much. I do a limited amount of the first, and I already do the second because I am committed to the third, which I loosely refer to as taking care of yourself.
I admit that I am into fitness for the aesthetic benefits
That is the reason many if not most fitness devotees do it. The lifestylers also eat and drink for the aesthetic results. Too many people go to the gym but don't do the nutrition thing, and, wow, it shows.
You can't exercise your way around a crummy diet. Eat stupidly and you can work out hard and often and your body (muscles, abs, etc) can still be covered with a layer of fat. That is very discouraging, but it is not the fault of anybody buy ourselves.
Better health is an ancillary benefit of fitness
It's true. You do the right things and you improve the way you feel as well as the way you look.
I say that mproved health just comes along for the ride when you become a fitness lifestyler. It is automatic if you eat and train sensibly. Still, dumb things can happen.
Fitness lifestylers are not exempted from coming down with some stupid disease that tries to kill them. But ...
First, the fitness lifestyler will continue the lifestyle while going through their illness. That is pretty much axiomatic from what I have both experienced and witnessed.
Besides, orking out is, if anything, going to be good for a person's recovery.
Based on my own experience ( and those of others I know ) once you become a fitness lifestyler it is such a part of your life you can't-not-do-it. You find a way to work your lifestyle into your schedule.
I know people that choose a hotel based on there being a gym close by. Most of these same people would probably pay their gym membership instead of using the money to go out on the town.
Second, fitness-lifestylers usually can tell you always talk about how many on their health care team told them how their survival and recovery was helped and made much easier because they were in such good condition. A surgeon once told me something like -- You would not believe what it is like to try to get inside an obese person.
Fitness lifestylers have this in common
They like the experience of making progress. I am pretty sure that if you feel that way it is almost easy to get and stay fit. That's because it's not possible to do the fitness-lifestyler thing and not make progress forever.
They also have this in the twisted minds: Setbacks move them forward rather than stop them.
Those two items apply to the people you don't have to know personally to know they workout. It is obvious by their appearance.
Let somebody else make the point
Read this short article on the Fitness&Health Hers website written by a woman that entered a bikini competition. It's good.
The video with my article shows one of her workouts as she starts training for another contest. I'm including it because so many of us like to see workouts. I look at them all the time and it's easy enough to put them in an article.
Fitness&Health Hers is a great magazine for women, and for me. I prefer it to the male version. The content is great, and the women are more, uhh, interesting.
Anyhow take a quick looke at what she has to say.
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