Change Your Life – Work Out

December 27, 2012

Those who work out regularly always dread going to the gym during the first week of January.

That’s when the New Year’s resolvers arrive.  Having never been to the gym before, they won’t realize that the seats on the fitness equipment were not made for long rests and that benches are supposed to be used for pressing weights.

Those who have established routines will work around the newbies … or wait.  The benches in the locker room and the shower stalls will be occupied more frequently and, again, regulars may have to wait.

The newcomers are a determined lot.  Yet, by the end of the month, they will be gone.

Some were given gym memberships as Christmas or Chanukah presents.  Others simply resolved that this would be the year to get in shape.  Yet they frequently have no idea how much work is involved.

It’s called a “work” out for a reason.  It involves sweating.  It involves exertion.  It involves challenging yourself.

I started working out in the 1970s, when I was still in college.  I stopped when my first son was born and I was studying part-time for my MBA, but returned to the gym when my two boys were a little older and the demands of parenthood were no longer all consuming.

I’ve been working out ever since – and still hate it.  So why do I do it?  It makes me feel better.  It keeps me healthy, gives me confidence and keeps me looking younger than my 58 years.  It relieves stress and frees the mind to think.  Some of my best ideas come to me during a workout.

Like anything in life worth accomplishing, working out requires hard work and dedication.  Those who put in the work will be rewarded, but keep in mind that it will require a lifestyle change.

If you don’t plan to change your life and work hard at it, consistently, at least three times a week, stay home.  If you plan to work at it, best of luck to you.

Every year, it seems that one or two of the New Year’s resolvers stick around.  I hope that you’re among them in 2013.

Comments

You're 58? You only look 56.

You're 58? You only look 56.

well said

You couldn't have described it better... I noticed the same thing, year after year, double the number of people instantly as of the first of January. So to compensate I usually do more in December (when far fewer go) and 'slack off' in Jan. Btw exercise also helps the immune system (& has anti-cancer effects) and is the single most useful protective factor against Alzheimers.

Thanks and Happy New Year

Thank you both for your comments.

Dave

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