I’ve been thinking a lot lately about enjoying the journey to your goals and how not a lot of people do that. I always see people wanting to do more or make it more difficult when in reality they should probably do a little less and actually work on feeling and practicing the movement. I’ve done this for a lot of my workouts as well. I would push myself harder, add in more intensity, just to think I’m getting more out of my workout and going to get results faster. When in reality, in the gym you should be practicing and building your strength.
Whenever you see someone who excels at something it’s because they have put in the hard work and practiced many hours. It’s not because they were just going through the motions and trying to burn more calories. Usually these people are in pretty good shape as well. It has to make you wonder maybe putting in more practice and thought into your training or whatever you call it, and actually try to feel what’s going on in your body will get you better results instead of just trying to do more volume all the time.
Here are some things to try on your own
Try to feel your muscles working
Think about what you’re trying to achieve in your workout
Practice while trying to stay fresh
Always enjoy what you are doing
These are just places to start. It’s a lot like yoga; they treat each workout like a practice and enjoy it. They’re not in a rush to get to their end goal by a certain date, they just like to practice and get a little better each day which is how you keep yourself healthy and strong over the long haul. If you just go through the motions you will end up burning out and just giving up. Face it, most people don’t love to exercise in the first place so it’s the easiest thing to just give up.
Find something healthy you enjoy doing and devote time to practicing and getting better. I think you will be surprised at how much fun it can be and you won’t even feel like you’re working out.