More and more people are realizing the importance of working out; thanks to fitness magazines, health sections in newspapers and informative videos by personal trainers on the internet. Some of us are still yet to discover the benefits of this. A work out is not restricted inside the gym. You can work out at the park or at home. We don’t count football or any other game as a work out because you work out to improve your performance in those games. We believe working out is a subset of your game (if we may do so). Working out is more than just blindly lifting weights at the gym or thoughtlessly running at the park. Working out teaches you some valuable lessons along the way (Provided that you take your work out seriously). Many things around you can give these lessons, but working out punishes you physically if you do not learn from these lessons.
1. Working out teaches you the value of discipline
If you’ve indulged yourself in some form of work out, you will realize that it demands a bucket load of discipline. You have to work out a certain number of days in a week consistently before you start seeing positive results. You have to finish those reps in your sets to see the results. The less disciplined you are, the less likely it is for you to attain your desired results.
2. Working out teaches you to set small goals
Maybe you’ve consulted a personal trainer or maybe you’re lucky enough to have a fitness guru to take you up as his protégé. You might also be taking advises from magazines or websites. All these sources of information tell you to set small goals in your work out. If you can’t go 5 miles, go 4 miles and if you can’t bench a hundred, bench fifty. The pattern is simple – do as your capacity allows you and progress from there on. Working out teaches you to take one small step at a time instead of setting unrealistic goals in one go. We’ve heard this silly saying that goes
“Aim for the moon; that way, even if you miss you’ll still be amongst the stars.”
That’s just physically impossible. Had we not studied astronomy, that saying would still make some sense, but you get its point. We’re not saying you should not aim for the moon, but all you have now is a Nerf gun. You wouldn’t even shoot beyond a lamp-post. Get realistic and get some funding to build your rocket first.
3. Working out teaches you the value of determination
There must have been some time when you entered the gym drained out of determination. You did not get much out of that session. You weren’t able to lift as heavy as you usually did. The mind is a very important tool and this applies in most situations in life. If you want to do something, set your intentions right, keep your eyes on the finish line, and work your bum off on it. If you say it is impossible, it never will be possible.
4. Working out teaches you the value of rest
Your body punishes you if you don’t get enough rest. You’re not going to see growth in your muscles and your cardio is at plateau or even worse. Most things need to stop every once in a while. That’s why you have the night and the weekends. Even your mind needs a break from all the workload you have. That’s why we have holidays. You should always value rest because it plays a huge part in the development of whatever it is that you are doing.
5. Working out teaches you that knowledge is vital
Lifting weights in the gym is not a no-brainer activity. You need proper technique and posture. If you don’t do it well, you might even injure your muscles in the process. The same goes for everything else. You need to learn how to do something before you do it. Application without knowledge is dangerous in any situation.
These lessons are applicable just about anywhere. Learn from them because if you don’t, everything else in this world has its own way to sock you in the face.