WRITTEN BY CHARLES ODUGBESAN
I have to stay active.
I’ve been playing football ever since I can remember. I can honestly say it kept me from sitting around all day playing on the PlayStation, burning through endless Dominoes, cookies and cans of KA and ending up a much rounder version of myself! But such is life: university; work; gradually becoming an adult – it has all ended up in me spending next to no time on the field these days. So a few months back I joined my local gym in an attempt to smoothly transition into a more suitable means of healthy living.
3 months in and myself and PureGym are officially going steady. I didn’t want to give this relationship a title too early you see. I wanted to be absolutely sure I could see a future in this and so I took my time. This is something I’ve invested a lot in and I realise it will need time, effort and devotion if I’m going to make it work. I don’t like to just jump into any old situation!
Honestly, I’m surprised I’ve lasted this long. I’m one of those people who had every intention of joining the gym, signed on and even put some effort into going regularly. But after a month or two I started to work out less and less until eventually my will was broken. I just couldn’t be bothered anymore and gave it up! I experienced first-hand just how easy it is to lose that motivation to get up and go to the gym 3/4 times a week. They say it takes three weeks of constant application to form a habit. It’s not so much the sweating, gym aches and the tiredness (all the physical elements) that puts someone off. But more the mental battle that works against people meaning they can’t even get into it.
So the other day I found some motivation. I’m in the corner doing my little crunches and planks etc and one of the gym’s personal trainers settles into his workout nearby. Now the guy is obviously in good shape and is no amateur… some of the things he was doing were really advanced but the most fascinating thing was that he had one leg.
What I took from this: motivation. However it came to be that the man unfortunately lost his leg, it proved to be no detriment to his work in the gym. The guy is built like a tank! It made me look at myself momentarily and think ‘Well I have no excuse. I, like everyone else in here, have two legs and this guy is running rings around us all’ (no pun intended). And this same principle can be applied to life. With the right attitude there isn’t much that can stand in the way of you achieving your goals. You owe it to yourself.
So keep at it. Stay happy, stay healthy!!