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your look ● ﬁtness
Things Fitness Brings
Getting started with a ﬁtness
routine is always the hardest part,
so it’s important to remember the
beneﬁts that you’ll reap from a
A ny time that you’ve set foot in a gym or a class
with a trainer or instructor, you’ve probably had
that terrible thought in the back of your head: “I
just can’t do this.” If you haven’t and you’ve
managed to slay that mental dragon, congratu-
lations, you’re in the one percent. For so many other people,
gathering the conﬁdence to spend even 10 minutes in a
room full of other people ﬁghting their own ﬁtness demons
is considerably harder than completing 10 pushups.
The fact is that most of us are hung up on the bigger pic-
ture, the fears that we face in not being able to complete an
exercise or embarrassing ourselves in front of other people.
To combat this fear, our ﬁtness experts often provide us
simple steps and exercises that we can use to get our per-
sonal routines started, and before we know it, we’re sup-
posed to be on the road to those perfect bodies that we’ve
craved for so long.
Well, forget those tips for now. It’s time that we talk a
little more about the initial motivation and ﬁnding the
wherewithal to get off the couch, put our fears beneath us
and use them as fuel in driving us to get past the inadequa-
cies and on with the exercise. If you can’t bear to look in the
mirror, even to tell yourself that this isn’t the body that you
want, then look inside your heart and think about what
matters most to you—your family, friends, health, happi-
ness, success, etc.—and start understanding that the fol-
lowing are just some of the aspects of your life that will
improve with just 30 minutes of exercise each day.
BE IN A BETTER MOOD
Whether we accept it or not, our physical appearances
affect the way that we interact with and treat other people.
If you’re unhappy with yourself, you’re not going to be
happy with others unless you’re the greatest actor in the
world. But here’s the problem with that—everyone close to
you can see right through your façade. By exercising and di-
eting and just working toward small weight goals and phys-
ical improvements, you can kill two birds with one stone
and simply become a happier person. And don’t worry
about the birds, because if this works, you’ll be killing them
with kindness instead of stones.
SLEEP BETTER EACH NIGHT
A lot of doctors and health experts will tell you that the
cornerstone of a healthy and happy life is a routine of a
good nights of sleep. Some may tell you six hours, others
may tell you eight. There might not ever be a number that
the so-called experts agree on, so just do the smart thing
and aim for seven hours of sleep per night. “But I don’t
sleep well, I have insomnia,” you might complain to the
barista at Starbucks. First of all, too many people throw
that I word out there all the time, as if they really believe
they have a clinical sleeping disorder. Chances are you’re