Why Experienced Exercisers Don’t Quit
What happens this time of year is predictable in the fitness business. All those new people who appeared in the gyms with their New Year’s resolutions to get fit have vanished. They weren’t abducted by aliens. They just quit.
Wonder why? It’s easier to find the answers by looking at long time exercisers who don’t quit, like those profiled in the CBF Community.
From experience, they know both the happy and hard truths about fitness and exercise, like these:
- Effective exercise entails some discomfort. You sweat, struggle for breath as your heart beats hard, and your muscles burn. You may be sore the next day or two. This never changes, not matter how fit you are.
- Maintaining fitness takes constant effort. When it comes to strength, balance, agility, cardio and overall metabolic health, it’s like the song says – you’re either busy living or busy dying. There is no standing still.
- There actually is an exercise high that occurs during the workout or immediately after from brain endorphins that is as blissful as any mind-altering drug. It lingers for a long time afterwards, helping them feel calmer and more focused the rest of the day. Exercise is addictive.
- Experienced exercisers are realistic about expected results. For example, Exercise can change your body composition (more muscle, less fat) and toned muscles can add some curves, but it will not change your overall shape. No amount of exercise will make your butt or abdomen look more like your favorite movie star’s. You will not suddenly have the high level of energy and skills you had when you were a young adult or excel in your favorite sport against younger competitors.
- The real benefits of exercise may remain invisible to the people around you because of what doesn’t happen. You have better balance so you don’t fall on the ice, you don’t pull a muscle lifting a bag of dog food, you don’t twist your ankle playing with grandkids, you don’t have pre-diabetes.
- Becoming fit is time consuming and requires patience. There are no shortcuts or magic techniques. Developing stronger muscles, improving balance or flexibility, reducing fat – can take weeks, months, even years, depending on what you are trying to accomplish, age, and the overall wear and tear on your body.
The path to fitness is not straight, and there are no guarantees of progress. It zig zags and sometimes doubles back due to injuries, illness, and life events. For whatever reasons, you can’t maintain, you slip back, you weaken. But then the fire always re-ignites, so they resume the trek.
That’s why experienced exercisers don’t quit.