Saturday, 6 February 2016

5 Things I've learned from going to the gym

"Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else."
— David Foster Wallace


Hello, hello. The gym talk is here. It's time.

I've been going to the gym regularly for about a year now. If I am correct, I bought my old Adidas trainers exactly one year ago and I didn't even own a decent pair before that. It was kind of pathetic. 
As a side note I can say that physical activity was never really new to me - I used to dance ballet for ages and at one point I'd go to two rehearsals per day; however, that was long, long ago...

Motivation

Motivation is everything and the truth is, it has to come from your own strong will. I used to look at myself in the mirror and sure - I was quite slim and had that svelte figure, which ballet gifted to me in exchange of sweat and blood (not exaggerating). Also, genes. Yes, genes matter as well but they're not definitive. So the realisation that I didn't like myself that much and knowing what my body was once capable of, pushed me to go for it and sign up. 

And let me tell you, seeing results is an incredible motivation. Beating an extremely low mood in the end of a shitty day is also quite something. After a good session I feel better about myself - knowing that you have done something good for your body does the trick for your mind too. I learned that exercise can keep me sane and make me feel good about myself.

Food

What you eat, obviously, does matter but I'd say everything in moderation. I have cut all processed food as much as I can and to be honest, I don't miss it. Actually, it makes me cringe every time I get close to a frozen pizza or a fast food joint... and I used to love me some KFC. But why would you treat your body as a waste bin and put all sorts of trash in it?

 Don't get me wrong, I love me a juicy burger and fries (holla to all my potato lovers out there!) but the ones which are not made on a conveyer belt. I'd say - be a bit more conscious about where your food comes from and what you put in your body. It does make a difference.

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