I can’t stress this enough. YOU CANNOT OUTRUN YOUR FORK. The gym and working out is not punishment for what you ate. It’s possible long term to outwork bad eating habits. In fact, it’s extremely unhealthy.
Feel blessed that you are physically capable of exercising. Use that as motivation. If you are too tired to go workout today, think of those battling cancer and going through chemo treatments truly exhausted, but still making it to the gym to stay healthy.
Those recovering from Surgery.
Those with major physical limitations not making an excuse.
There has been days due to neck pain, surgery recovery, etc that I have not been able to be at the gym.
Then there’s most days where i’m fighting through pain just to get through my workout, still maintaining a positive attitude and a smile on my face. BECAUSE, being physically able to exercise is a blessing that some people don’t have.
I look at exercise this way... as something that at 400 pounds I didn’t see as important. I wasted years and years of my life being obese and unhappy. My outlet was FOOD. My outlet was other people. Venting to them. Eating bad food with them. Drinking with them. Not making the best life decisions with them.
Now i’m at this place where the gym is my escape from everything and anything that life throws at me. I DO NOT take it for granted. It’s where my anxiety is lowered, my mental health is strengthened and my physical health and pain is worked at. I Thank God everyday for the ability to be able to physically workout. Because like I said, there were days I couldn’t, and there will be days I won’t be able to.
The gym or exercise shouldn’t be an hour of sweat and punishment. And don’t use it as a tool to try and outwork bad nutrition. It’s a vicious cycle that always catches up to you.
If you are working out for the wrong reasons I can promise you that all it will do is make that relationship with good even more toxic and your hate for exercise stronger.
So my advice is...
find an exercise you love doing.
religious or not, spiritual or not, you should look up to some higher power and be fully appreciative you have legs and a body that is capable of exercise.
Dont not take advance of an ability you have that others may not.
And stop thinking of food as a reward for your workout. Change that vicious cycle