With all the exercise equipment, diets, routines, and sale pitches on the market, it can become confusing as to what is essential for your fitness journey. With exercise as a hobby (yet health being a priority), your fitness journey should be efficient without having you making unnecessary purchases or mistakes. In this article I cover the ONLY essentials for your fitness journey, so that you get the progress you deserve without wasting your time and/or money.
Mental Fuel (Right Mentality)
Fitness is just as mental as it is physical. Without having the right mentality, you can find yourself not making progress. For you to make progress, you must push your physical limits. Reaching and surpassing your physical limits requires you to endure physical stress, which can mentally break you down and even push you away from exercise (if you are mentally weak and intimidated). Exercise is for everyone, but having the right mentality is essential for getting the results you want. Without the right mentality, you could have the best work out routine in the world and still not get results. After you get your mind right, it’s time to look at exercise routines.
The Body Blueprint (Exercise Routine)
With the right mentality, you can use your mental toughness to push through progressively harder workouts. These work outs are made to build upon one another so that you can gradually provide a higher stimulus that your body adapts to. In doing so, you let your body adapt into the body you want over time. The exercise routine you use should be designed and utilized as a blueprint for the body you want. You would not want to be performing a routine created for a strength athlete if you goal was to improve your mile time, just like you would not use an endurance based work out to try and build a muscular physique. In the article “The Best Work Out Routine” we cover the best work out routine for YOU! After you have the mental fuel and the body blueprint you want, it is time to rebuild the body better than before.
Building Blocks (Your Diet)
In order to make the physical changes you want to your body, you must provide it with the building blocks it needs to rebuild itself. These building blocks come from your diet. Without a proper diet, your body can be put through the most effective work outs, yet not grow due to lacking the nutrition it needs to grow better than before. If you are not making the progress you are wanting, reanalyze your exercise routine and even your diet to make sure your diet is in alignment with your fitness goals.
Your “WHY” (Purpose)
Just like any endeavor that is difficult, lengthy, or both, your purpose can either take you far or make you quit early on. Having a strong reason as to why you are exercising is essential for your fitness success. Why would you run for longer than 10 minutes if you started feeling fatigue, soreness, and discomfort? Why would you exercise AT ALL if it meant being uncomfortable? Maybe you want to live long enough to see your child have grand kids. Maybe you want to feel better about yourself. Maybe you even just want to live a normal life without worrying about when your heart or lungs will give out. Everyone has their reason for exercising and getting/staying healthy. In order to go far, you need a strong reason for starting your journey.
With everything that’s now on the market and everything that you are told that you NEED on your fitness journey, it can leave you confused as to what exactly is necessary and what is just a waste. In order to have a successful fitness journey you only a need a few things. By having mental fuel, the right body blueprint, building blocks, and a strong “why”, you can have the body you have always wanted.