No, cool that gives me something to write about.
A couple of years ago I was obsessed with running and to make a long story short I got injured a few times and turned to yoga for fitness and endorphins.
That’s a story for another day, the running part at least.
About 3 or 4 years ago yoga was my thang that and just body weight training, that was it. Since then I’ve used stones, kettlebells, sleds, tires, barbells, people, ropes and bits of oddly shaped concrete for my training.
Everytime in my training that I’ve made incredible progress has been when I’m having the most fun. When I’m NOT hating what I’m doing. When I am deeply loving the process of training.
My life and as a smaller part, training, hasn’t always been fun. Now it is and because I make things FUN, I do them consistently.
When I first got into running 🏃 I did so because I loved it. Then yoga I fell in love with that and now I’m in love with the barbell.
And I’ve continued to make great progress despite changing methods many times over the years.
How is this possible?
I consistently have fun.
When something is enjoyable we repeat that behaviour. It’s how we build habits.
Think for a moment about the habits you wish to change in your life. Despite the fact that some of these habits may take you further away from your goal they ‘feel’ good from a chemical point at the very least.
This next example may be a little too sexual for you but….
No one has to motivate you to have sex, or to ‘self release’, do they?
My point? Aside from procreation being essential for the survival of the human race it is a habit BECAUSE it feels GREAT 👍
While training is not quite in the same level as an orgasm it’s on the same scale, a sliding scale at that.
Things that feel great get repeated, why? Because we evolved that way, why did we evolve that way? I don’t know but I’ve got a theory, I might share that later but for now let’s stay in this topic, kinda lols.
For the past few months I’ve consistently written down in my to do list that I want to do yoga.
And I’ve consistently NOT done it.
It no longer gives me the enjoyment it used to, now I’d much rather put on some music and beat myself to muscular pulp with a rumble roller. I enjoy that more so I do that more often.
Consistently is often totted as the most important aspect of training and for good reason, if you aren’t consistently doing the work then you aren’t going to get great results.
And you’re probably not sticking to that plan because you really don’t enjoy it. The plan may stress you out, make you feel useless or any other shitty feeling. When you are stressed about something you can’t perform at your best, you cannot do as well as you could and because you feel shit your cortisol levels go up (not necessarily a bad thing, but too much of this ain’t a good thing) when the cortisol goes up, it takes you longer to recover and will damage your cells and generally mess with your body.
When you enjoy training? You do it consistently, you recover quicker and as a result you get better results.
So, next time your thinking of getting in shape or if you’re trying to get in better shape remember this little phrase;
Fun sticks, shit slides.
In other words? Do fun stuff and you’re more likely to stick to it, do not so fun stuff and you stop doing it.
Fun sticks, shit slides.
Stay Strong 🙂