I’ve discovered how truly unfit I’ve become. My muscles are so sore today!
It’s been 5 days straight now and all up I’ve done 240 lunges, 120 squats, 85 push-ups and 12.8km of walking and about 5.5km of running. And boy does my body know it.
It’s funny though, the pain kind of feels good too. I guess it’s because it symbolises a change to me. My muscles have been at rest for so long that just this small amount of strain has made them wake up and start to build strength again.
So I have pushed through this pain and I’ve found that once you’ve start walking and warm up a bit you don’t feel as bad and can keep going with your exercise.
I know how hard it is to motivate yourself when every time you get up it feels like your legs are going to collapse under you but by using a bit of self-discipline yourself that little bit you are breaking through that bad habit and creating a new one.
An Inspirational Quote
I found this quote the other day and thought that it is an interesting concept:
“If you set goals for yourself, and you’re like a lot of other people, you probably realise it’s not that your goals are physically impossible that’s keeping you from achieving them; it’s that you lack the self-discipline to stick to them. It’s physically possible to lose weight. It’s physically possible to exercise more.” – Daniel Goldstein
Reading this sent me off on a mission to learn more about self-discipline because whether it be your health, work ethic, fitness or relationships, self-discipline is required to achieve your goals and to lead a healthy lifestyle and ultimately, be happy.
And guess what I found, according to a 2013 study by Wilhelm Hoffman, people with high self-control are happier than those without. Go figure, right.
It makes perfect sense. For example at the start of the year I wanted to start a blog about things I love to do (mainly cook, create and explore). I wrote about 3 weeks of posts and felt great about it, but then my lack of self-discipline kicked in and won the battle. Every week I was meant to write a post and every week that went by and I hadn’t written one I felt so crap. Yet this downward spiral didn’t inspire me to get back on the horse, it just made me sad and angry at myself for failing.
So, the study discovered that the self-disciplined subjects were more capable of dealing with goal conflicts. These people spent less time debating whether to indulge in behaviours detrimental to their health, and were able to make positive decisions more readily. The self-disciplined did not allow their choices to be dictated by impulses or feelings.
See where I’m going with this?
I need to train myself to have better self-discipline!
Here is a little infogram with a couple of proven steps to help you gain control.
Test it out. I certainly will be!