I know I have made mention of this previously, probably a few times. Nonetheless, it is important – for any realm, not just fitness and exercise – so here it is again…
You can put in all the exercise time you want, learn all the new moves you can get your hands on, but it’s not going to get you to your end goal if you are not putting any intent into it; if you’re not putting a good, concentrated effort toward that activity. In fact, the only thing you will most likely end up with is fatigue, frustration, and burn-out. That’s no good, that just does not work.
I see it fairly frequently; and by fairly frequently I mean every day. I have people who come to me asking to go through a Functional Movement Screen or a fitness test so that I can then develop a focused program for them to work on the mobility issues they have, or to work toward gaining strength or losing weight. I design the program, go through it with them, instruct them how to properly perform the exercises, and set them on their way.
However, I can only design, teach, and demonstrate – it is up to YOU to put in the effort to get to where you want to go. You have to be willing and you have to want to put the effort in to make the change. Just going through the motions does not cut it. Never will. People will wonder why they are not getting anywhere, why nothing is happening, they will say, ‘but I’m doing the exercises you gave me!’. Are you? You have to put effort into it, concentrate on it, listen to your body inwardly at what is happening and going on and changing or not changing, and then you have to make the appropriate adjustments to keep results moving in a positive direction. Get in touch with yourself. Not your electronics. Sometimes it is hard. Challenging. But that’s what change is. Focus on what you want, outline the appropriate and necessary steps, and get after it. Don’t just go through the motions. Come on. If you’re doing that, you’re wasting your time. Literally. Suck it up focus and get out there!