You see it on almost every fitness account on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.:
You gotta grind! Up at 4 am! If you’re not squatting 900 lbs what are you doing!?!?
That mentality has never made sense to me. Why is my 5:30 pm workout after work any different than your wake up at 2 am, at the gym by 4 am workout? We got the same workout in? We burned the same amount of calories?
Why should I “suffer” through my workout? “Live in pain or remain the same” is a ridiculous quote. Now I get that I shouldn’t be comfortable during my workout but in pain? That doesn’t make much sense to me.
Why should everyone have to squat or deadlift to be considered to be healthy and have a great workout? To be fair, I LOVE squatting and deadlifting. Not much feels better to me than picking up 500 lbs off the floor. But then there is someone like my mom. Why is here workout looked down on compared to mine because she went to our local high school and walked two miles on the track and I went to the gym and put 400 lbs on my back and squatted down and stood back up a few times? We both got out and did something, right?
Everyone can be fit. It doesn’t take much. You have to find an activity that makes you happy. That’s it. For me I love power lifting. For my mom it’s going on a walk. My fiance loves to swim. You just have to find your thing. The thing you love to do that burns calories and gets you off the couch. It doesn’t matter if its lifting weights, running, swimming, biking, hiking, soccer, basketball, tennis , karate, boxing, or even something as simple as walking around your neighborhood. Make fitness fun again!