How to make fitness part of your lifestyle

Vishnu Venugopal

I have found many trainees Fitness training covered in their anxiety network. Their concern is mostly about their appearance.

“I have to exercise; I have to look at my diet. I have to do these things because I do not like my appearance.

Did you miss the real thing when you started looking at exercise from this angle?

Large biceps, flat stomachs and beautiful curves are good, but natural results are a constant source of enjoyment and feeling good about yourself.

Place the horse on the right side of the cart

Let me put it another way. We are putting our horse on the wrong end of the cart as we try to push our fitness cart forward. Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl. The cart follows the horse and the horse does not look back, it runs to its destination.

Daily exercise is not to impress others with your appearance but to make you feel good about yourself. It is a quiet approval from within, not an external approval.

Do not exercise to burn calories

Again, I have seen trainees worry about how many calories they can burn in the gym to reduce their calorie intake at a weekend party. Working with an internal target to burn more calories can lead to feelings of guilt, doesn’t it?

This means that during your workout you will carry some weight, a burning frustration. No longer do you exercise or walk around the gym or enjoy what you do in your backyard.

It is best to keep the calorie intake in the background, as it will occasionally come to mind and ruin your happiness. Excessive worry about calories can lead to anxiety and depression.

Practice preparing the note for the day

In its purest form, physical activity is no different from what we call it. Be it any kind of exercise — walking, running, lifting weights, or whatever suits you. Listen to yourself for an hour a day. Listen to your steps, your breath, and your heartbeat. Physical activity performed in this way rejuvenates the body. It’s like keeping a diary for the day. You have a lot of energy to do your work on a day like this, because you feel good about yourself. You are on the move.

(The author is the co-founder and head of production at Alpha Coach and a columnist on fitness every two weeks. www.tribuneindia.com)