My Thoughts on Exercise…

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Hello world, it’s February already! How are your resolutions doing? I hope we’ll stick to ours and I warn you, some people find that their New Year’s Resolutions are broken by Valentine’s Day. Yeah, sometimes we can be very creative in making excuses to break our resolutions.

I’m not trying to give you a lecture about how to stick to your resolutions because you can find million of articles mentioning that on the internet. I’m just saying it can be a pain in the ass to keep your resolutions going. Especially the pain you get after working out in hope of getting a ripped muscular body. Yeah, like what I mentioned in my previous post, one of my resolutions is to get in shape.

After signing to a local gym near my workplace, I’ve been doing whatever I think necessary. I read a lot of articles about workout and nutrients, I spend hours watching a bunch of topless guys explaining their body transformations and things that need to be done. I’m getting accustomed to fitness terms, such as dips, toe touches, superman plank, diamond push ups, diva dead lift (it’s a new term I created for those divas who like to show off at the gym! Haha I’m a real jelly).

However, there are also challenges that block me from keeping my gym routine. The biggest challenge is I always exercise alone, because I can’t afford a personal trainer and I failed to convince my friends to join me. It sucks because sometimes I lose motivation and feel that spending hours in gym is useless and not fun without friends. Since I’m a newbie in the fitness world, I guess I’m gonna join a forum from the internet and ask for some helps.

The pain from exercise is also unbearable, and so many temptations of skipping workouts I have to deal with. However, I already have my weapons loaded. I made a calendar to track my progress, no matter what happen I must write them down for daily review that keeps me moving. I collect motivational quotes and put them on my calendar. And the most useful way for me is to have my workout playlist, which concise my favorite song for sport. Music makes me enjoy the exercise and have fun. Maroon 5 – Sugar, The Script – Superhero, Fall Out Boy – Immortals, Taylor Swift -Shake it Off, and Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You (Makes You Stronger) are among my gym anthems.

I also must change my old habits like skipping meals and stay up all night. I should eat more and sleep in the right amount of time. That’s why I need to finish this post as soon as possible so I can get enough time to sleep. Mostly what makes me sleep late is I take a long time to finish my assignments and side projects, because, as always, procrastinating. I have to sleep at least 6 hours, wake up before 7 a.m. (which is super hard), eat three times a day (I used to mix breakfast and lunch, it’s unhealthy). I know it will be mentally and physically challenging because I also need to balance the work and exercise, but I need this, because health is very important, especially in the 20-something ages.

Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so I should be persistent and patient. I know I’m not alone, because like everybody, I set my resolutions and hope to get amazing result this year. I wish we can make it, everyone. Because we are all in this together.

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