Fitness is just as much of an art as it is a science. In fact, everything in life is just as much art as it is science, even science!! As a medical device product development engineer I’ve come to realize the truth in that.
Most of our choices and decisions scientific or otherwise are made largely by emotions.
Everyone knows the struggle with fitness. “Proven Programs” have flooded the market for decades. They all have different benefits and drawbacks. They range wildly on scales of effectiveness, accessibility, cost, complexity, and enjoyment. Finding one program that is right for you, that you can adhere to for long term results is a never ending battle and for many, discouraging and even futile.
Of course not all fitness programs will work the same for everyone, one program may not be as effective or inspiring or achievable to you as it is for others. And I can guarantee that no one person, personal trainer, fitness expert, no one – will ever be able to truly tell you what will work for you. It means that you may chase your tail, or get completely lost or confused, or you may fail altogether.
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Here’s why that’s actually a good thing…
Luckily there is always more than one path to any destination.
Understanding that your fitness “program” is something that you can mold to your preferences, skills, hobbies, passions and lifestyle is absolutely critical to making it truly effective in helping you become a better person. Once you allow yourself to have fun and be passionate about your path to good health, you’ve done it. You’ve created a highly effective tool that you can leverage not only for improving your health, but for exploring new hobbies, meeting new people and enjoying the little things life has to offer. “Working out” shouldn’t be something that takes up time in your day, it Sikhs be what you look forward to. This will enable you to shift your paradigm, your way of thinking, so that you don’t have to feel defeated. You don’t have to feel like you’re screwing up the program, because it’s completely yours, you are the artist.
I know it can be comforting to have some scientist telling you what you should be doing. It’s nice to have a definite path to follow to give you structure and accountability and that’s okay. Follow that path if you want, but make it yours. Use it as a starting point and create a new structure or a variation on the structure that you can be passionate about.
And of you need more accountability, there are other ways to ensure you hit your goals. Try setting very small goals, something you can achieve in a day or an hour, instead of a week or a month. Something gratifying that you can be proud of or would be a good story. Step up to a challenge set by your friends or workout buddies. (Don’t forget to challenge them in return.)
Remember that your success or your failure in everything you do in life is YOUR choice. It may not be easy and no one else will do it for you. You have to show up and you have to do the work. So set yourself up for success from the beginning. Consider your weaknesses and make provisions to help yourself overcome those. You know yourself better than anyone else in the world, and your entire life is your own work of art.
Make it awesome.