One Secret You Must Know About Getting in Shape

By Martin Brown

One Secret You Must Know About Getting in ShapeToday at the gym, I heard something that I’m sure I heard before, but never gave it much thought. After twenty years of hanging around gyms, both for my own personal fitness, and to work as a trainer, I suppose I’ve heard it all.

But today, it was like a light bulb clicked on. Here’s what happened: I was getting myself ready for my day by doing some stretches and floor exercises, and a woman came in with a friend and set up a few feet from me. She was tall and young, and so was her gal pal. The difference between the two, however, was obvious. The friend appeared to be at or near her ideal body weight, but the woman, who like her friend looked to be in her late 20’s,  was about 50 pounds overweight.

With some difficulty she got herself down onto the floor mat, turned to her friend, and in a cheery voice said, “Okay, tell me what I’m supposed to do to get in shape.”

And that’s when it hit me. People who are badly overweight, and badly out of shape seem to fall into one of two categories. About eighty plus percent will say things just like what that woman had just said, “Tell me what I’m supposed to do to get in shape.” It’s subtle I know, but if you listen closely there is a critical shift that occurs. It’s not “I really want to get in shape, I know if I work hard I can do that, what’s a good place to start?” Instead, the burden shifts to a trainer, or a friend, or the gym equipment. After all with so many workout options getting in great shape must be in the air.

Woody Allen, famously said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” There’s a lot of truth to that. It doesn’t, however, equal success in the gym.” I know, because one of the standard laments that you’ll hear is, “I go to the gym, I get on the machines, it just doesn’t seem to work for me.”

Just like, most of those home workout devices, and millions of diet and exercise books fail to “get people in great shape.” Closets are filled with exercise videos, ab crunchers, thigh busters, stability balls, and on and on.

The great secret that you must know about getting in shape is simply this: You’ve got to bring the right attitude to the process. An attitude that says, my health is my most precious possession. I want to be healthy, I want to feel strong, I want to eat well, and I want to maintain a sensible body weight. No machine, no trainer, no exercise videos, and no books will do that for you. You can get guidance, and hopefully inspiration from all those materials, but getting fit is ultimately an act of self-determination. The “I can’t get there from here” attitude is never going to make it happen for you.

Earlier I said people divide into two groups. Well as you might imagine, that much smaller group, one out of five at the most, set their intention and go for it. They believe in their ability to improve themselves, they don’t think it will happen overnight, and slowly but surely they see the change they once could only imagine.

All the brilliant, super duper, 110% guaranteed diet and exercise plans are all sheer silliness if they can’t get you to do what needs to be done.  The change you want is within you. Only you can make you fit!

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