Are you grateful for this?

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Sometimes I hate working out.

 

After all, it is “work” (or at least it should be).

 

And most of us don’t really want to do more “work” do we?

 

We already have so much work on our plates as it is and it’s hard to imagine how to fit in the additional 3 or 4 hours per week needed to improve your health and body composition. So we complain when we hear that in order to improve our health, lose fat and build muscle we need to spend time “working out” each week.

 

This kind of attitude can lead you to believing that working out is just another job on your ever growing, never ending “to do” list.

 

And then when you do find the time to work out you end up spending the whole time thinking about all the other stuff you need to do as soon as you are finished!

 

This leaves you feeling guilty for spending time on improving yourself as you count down the minutes until the workout is over and you are freed from the prison that is your fitness program.

 

There is a cure for this and it is called GRATITUDE.

 

Just pause for a moment and ask yourself this- when your parents were the same age as you are today did they have the time to spend exercising several hours per week?

 

Now depending on your age the answer may be “yes” but I will bet the answer would be different if you were to ask your grandparents.  To them “exercising” is what we would call physical labor…

 

How about your great grandparents- do you think they had the time or resources to spend on exercising to improve their health and body composition?

 

I bet the answer to that question is NO. They were more concerned with fighting for survival and where their next meal was coming from than how much fat they had on their stomachs.

 

Today you and I are fortunate to have the luxury of self improvement. Gyms are ubiquitous and there is no shortage of home fitness equipment, exercise books, workout DVD’s and Internet fitness gurus providing you with every THING you need to get and stay in great shape.

 

However, the one thing these resources cannot provide is TIME. This is the one commodity that is in dwindling supply for all of us and the number one excuse given for not exercising.

 

This is interesting seeing how I recently read that the average person watches 5 hours of television per day and yet most people complain that they don’t have the time to exercise.

 

This is a sad misappropriation of our most valuable resource. If you have the time to watch your favorite television program then you most certainly have the time to exercise.

 

Personally I am grateful for the time I spend exercising. I am grateful simply because I know that that there are millions of people who would give anything to have the opportunity, resources, freedom and ability to do what so many grumble about doing.

 

When you are grateful for something you value it. You don’t disregard it or treat it with disrespect. I am grateful that I have a body that allows me to walk, sprint and lift heavy things multiple times but more importantly I am grateful that I live in a time when such focus on self improvement is even possible.

 

If I were to abandon my workout program in favor of watching television, surfing the Internet or spending hours on Facebook I would be sending the message that these things are more valuable to me than my health and fitness. This is a slippery slope indeed and always ends with feelings of regret and disappointment in one’s self when another year goes by without realizing your goals.

 

We all have the opportunity to hit the “reset” button each morning and start again. Don’t wait until January 1st to begin living the lifestyle you want to be living today. Be grateful that you can invest a portion of your time every week towards improving your body composition, health, sport performance or whatever your goal may be.

 

This is the best gift you could give yourself this year and something that should not be taken for granted.

 

When the history books are written, you and I will be thought of as being among the lucky ones with much to be grateful for.

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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