Common Hurdles of Improving Physical Health
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Most people are aware that there's a fairly significant connection between physical and mental health, but these good habits are as difficult to develop as bad habits are hard to break.
Anytime I've started a new sport or activity, of course it's hard at first, and then it gets even harder, but after a certain point, it starts to get easier. This process was especially true for swimming, when I first went back to it I found it easier then I remembered but then, once I tried to up the anti with regards to intensity, I felt like I had somehow gotten worse. Thankfully after another week or two my progress was exponential and finally I leveled off at a point I was satisfied with and everything became much easier and more enjoyable.
The hardest part for many people is fighting through that first battle just after the start. I mean it makes sense, finally you've gotten yourself to do that thing you've been trying to do for so long, and now your body is begging you to go back to bed. For this situation, there really is no magic potion, the only way to get through it is to well... get through it. I mean I can say from first hand experience that it's extremely satisfying to get past that hurdle, and it will get easier but there are some things that you just need to sort of push through. Winston Churchill knew what he was talking about when he said: "If you're going through hell, keep going."
If you're someone that has never really worked out or done sports before than this will likely be especially true. It's really important for everyone to remember that professional athletes or experts in any field aren't made overnight. That person that you see lifting hundreds of pounds at the gym all the time, they know what it's like to be too sore to move, too exhausted to even think about getting out of bed. It's normal to go through these stages and feel crappy during these times.
Another popular roadblock that stops people from working out is fear of judgement from others. I've dealt with this a lot myself. Remember these two things: first off, most people at the gym are too concerned with how they themselves look to be bothered for even a second at anyone else. Second, if they have the time and energy to judge you, than you're accomplishing a lot more then they are.
We're always concerned about that others might be thinking about us when in reality, they're usually more concerned with themselves. Are there exceptions? unfortunately yes but I mean... if they really have nothing better to think about than what shirt you're wearing, than don't think for even a moment that trying to please them will benefit you in any way shape or form; put your blinders up, do what you need to do to get to where you need to be both physically and emotionally, there's nothing more important than your health.