The Gym and Mental Health

        When working out I often find myself never satisfied with how my body is looking. Even with hours of training each day and hundreds of calories burned in the weight room, I still often feel as if my body is not changing. My mind goes dark and questions why I continue to work as hard as I do if nothing is coming out of it. The more I talk to people the more they agree with me lifting and working out can often be a tough thing to do not only physically but mentally.

        Whether you are lifting weights to get bigger and stronger or just simply trying to get yourself into better shape, not seeing any progress can be so hard on one’s mental health. Just knowing that you go to the gym day in and day out and you work you’re a** off for what seems to be nothing. Let me tell you, you are doing something. You may not see results right away, but one of the biggest things I preach is CONSISTENCY. If you do not consistently go to the gym at least 5 days a week you will not see the results you want to see. What happens to most people that start their workout journey is that they start working out and go to the gym for a week. They see no results for that week of work, and they quit. The body you want to achieve and have does not come over night. I think of it as an investment, the longer you leave the money sit the greater the value of that investment will become. Just like when you work out, the longer you work on yourself over a period the better results you will see.

The longer that you stay consistent in anything that you do in life you will always get better at it. Although some days training may be tough and you begin to get frustrated, just know that it may feel like you are doing it for nothing but all that work you are doing at the gym is working even though you may not be able to see it yet. It is important to stay positive even when things are not going your way in your fitness journey.