CANTON,Ohio- Most of you only know me for writing sports articles. Perhaps I should take this time to let you know that I’m also a huge fan of fitness and health. On top of being sports minded, I also love trying to get stronger. I’ll be going all over the place in terms of what I’ll be talking about, so hang in there.
For me, I started working out around 11th grade. But along with that was so much more that I didn’t even think about. Working out, exercising, whatever you want to call it. It’s truly a life style. I prefer the term working out. No real reason, it’s just my preference. It took me getting a gym membership and making friends with some people who knew what they were doing that helped me understand, if you really want to shape your body and feel better about yourself, you have to welcome this training with open arms.
But it didn’t just stop there. I had to start doing research. I had to find out what type of diet I had to go with. Let me explain something about the term “Diet” before I go any further. Most people, when they hear the word diet, automatically think that person is trying to lose weight when they say “I’m on a diet”. That’s not the truth. I’m on a diet. But my diet consist of high amounts of protein daily along with carbs.
When you diet, your’re trying to intake foods and liquids that will help you reach your fitness goals. My diet is aimed towards helping me get stronger and build muscle. I’m 5’7 and weight 145 pounds. Yes, I’m not a big guy. Someone trying to lose weight shouldn’t be in taking as many carbs as I try to, especially later in the day. My point is a diet is put in place to help you get the body you want.
I’m sure many of you, if not all of you, have gone through a drive-thru a few times in your life. I used to eat Taco Bell 3 or 4 times……….a day. Now, I might eat it twice a month if that. Yes, I was that guy. No regard for what I was eating that my system had to digest. Again, those people told me “Man, your’re never going to get anywhere if you eat that crap that often”. That’s when I finally hit a point one night where I decided that, if I want to get this body to where I want it to be, I’d have to start making sacrifices that include no more pop and a drastic drop in eating fast food.
I can remember when Mountain Dew was constantly running threw my veins. That of course, was mixed with Taco Bell. So there’s my sin in terms of dieting.
Now I eat lots of chicken, beef and of course, my protein shake.
My point? If your’re not going to make this a part of your daily life and take your health seriously, don’t waste your time.
Onto my next thought. You have to figure out why your wanting to work out. Are you doing this for other people? Or are you doing this for yourself? I would venture to say that if your’re taking up fitness and health for other people, I’m not sure how long you’ll want to keep at it.
If your’re like me, you just love to do it knowing your’re getting closer to your fitness goals after each session of pain.
Now, truth be told. When I first started out, I did it because my friends in high school were involved with it. I didn’t think much of it until I was invited to a church gym one night. That is what motivated me to keep going with it.
Then, one day I lost my motivation for it. But that didn’t last long. Next thing I know, I’m watching the action adventure movies with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now it’s Jason Statham. I wanted to get my body to where I could take off my shirt during the Summer without shame like them.
One day, I found myself in a very bad situation and to get back at that person, I decided to get back into the gym to try and make them regret what they did to me. Well, not long after that, I finally realized I loved seeing my body being transformed into something I’d thought it would never be. I realized that I wasn’t working out to get back at that person. I realized that I was becoming obsessed with improving my body. Funny, cause one day, I completely forgot about that whole situation because I became so mentally and emotionally involved with working out. So thank you gym!
Working out has done a lot of things for me. For some, it’s a healthy stress reliever. While there are still a lot of people out there that resort to smoking and/or alcohol for relief, I choose to work out.
It’s also a great way to build new friendships with people. It can even build a stronger relationship with someone you already know.
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