An Epiphany That I Had on Vacation

Mike Coval
January 7, 2021

Heba and I went on a quick trip from Saturday 12/26 and returned Wednesday 12/30.

I went to the gym at the resort and worked out everyday while I was gone.

I saw the same faces at the same time each morning.

By the 3rd day, it hit me.

"These people have figured out the hardest part regarding fitness and they likely don't even realize it."

What had they figured out? How to show up and do the work consistently.

Seriously. If someone is on vacation and wakes up at 630AM to go to the gym, then I think it's safe to say they exhibit the same behavior when they're back home.

When I'm at a public gym, I observe behaviors and what people do (it's the coach in me along with curiosity and fascination of human behavior). In my professional opinion, 90% of the people in that gym didn't know what they were doing (nor should they). But, they put that expectation on themselves of "figuring it out" or by simply following someone on Instagram and copying the 3 exercises that the "expert" shared on their Instagram account this past week. The easy thing (and wise thing) to do would be to hire a coach or if that's out of one's budget, then there are plenty of programs that are cheap online that are based on specific outcomes (i.e. weight loss, muscle building, etc) that they could purchase and follow.

So what's the point of all this?

The point is that if you're someone who is struggling to get started with a fitness routine, then don't look for the perfect solution. Look for A solution. Preferably something that you enjoy doing. If you don't know what you enjoy doing, then experiment with different exercise modalities. Making exercise fun and enjoyable is going to help you tremendously with making exercise a consistent part of your life. Once you build the quality of consistency, then everything else becomes easier to you. If you have the financial resources and desire to hire a coach, then definitely go that route. It's not absolutely necessary initially though.

Once you can build the habit of simply showing up and doing the work, then you can start to sweat the details and look for help with more specific goals that you would like to achieve.

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