The Power of Consistent Exercise that we should all tap into
I have found great power in consistent exercise. In fact, it has changed my life completely. It has allowed for me to see myself for who I am, and it has given me great power in being able to tap into that lion which sleeps within us. I am no professional, I only speak on behalf of my experience with consistent exercise. By executing on this consistently, I have been able to recognize something so powerful within myself. It’s been so powerful for me in my life that I feel responsible to share. These are some important takeaways I have learned through incorporating consistent exercise in my life.
“A lion sleeps within the heart of every man, it is up to you to wake him up.” – Ayush Ranjha
Each one of us has a special strength deep within ourselves. It is up to us to find it and learn to harness it. Exercise has shown me how to tap into a different energy that lies within. In my day to day, I have a lot going on. We are a family of 5, raising three little girls. Things can get a little overwhelming at times. When things reach a certain point, I have learned how to find that next gear and punch it. In doing so, I am able to really push through some difficult times. From my experience, life can get so heavy at times. If you don’t find that hysterical strength within yourself, you can seriously stun your personal growth.
Where the mind goes, the body follows
This principle holds true from my experience. I still have a long way to go on my own health and wellness journey. I look at it as a lifetime of work. Because it really is, this never ends. If you are going to pick up this habit and staple it into your life, then you need to come to terms with the fact that there is no finish line. The results come with consistent work. The moment you let off the gas, the body starts to move in reverse. It begins erasing all of your hard work rather quickly. It’s where you take the mind, that the body follows. When you take your mind to that comfortable state, just lounging around, taking the easy life, the body will reflect it. When you are working the mind through consistent exercise and pushing yourself, the body will reflect that.
I would have never found that next gear if it wasn’t for exercise. In my journey of wanting to get into better physical shape, I started to recognize that my mind was getting stronger throughout progression. As I push myself to do more, and give more, I was forced to find this strength deep within. In doing this consistently, I little by little started to find it easier to tap into.
Mindset is Everything
If there is one thing I would want someone to walk away with from my experience, it would be that the mental development of exercise is what everyone should be going after and not the physical aspect. In society today, unfortunately, it is backwards. It is backwards because there is a ton of money to be made in this industry. If they make people believe that the physical result should be the primary objective, then they can sell more.
My experience taught me the opposite. The physical result is just a by-product of the effort. The body changes as it is challenged. It just happens that way. The real power of consistent exercise, lies within the development of the mind. If you can go into incorporating consistent exercise in your life with the primary objective of improving your mental health, the rest just falls into place.
Doing something difficult everyday
This is probably my favorite part of it. I have fallen in love with doing something uncomfortable. I have found the value in doing difficult things. I have learned to enjoy going to workout, knowing that my workout is going to take me to a point where the mind does not want to go. By doing something difficult every single day, I have made my life easier in other aspects. Things have become more manageable due to reaching a place of discomfort daily. The mind gets harder and there is extreme value in this. My mind has become much more resilient to outside noise. Doing something difficult everyday, has shown me what I am capable of. As humans, our responsibility should be to reach our full potential. We never really reach that full potential, unless we are willing to enter uncomfortable states willingly.
If you struggle with self-discipline throughout your day, then this is where you should start. The power of consistent exercises lies within you. Exercising consistently, will improve your self-discipline whether you like it or not. Learning to do the things that need to be done, regardless of how you feel, is an amazing characteristic to forge. People are not born with this kind of stuff, they cultivate it. If you want to cultivate self-discipline, then put consistent exercise at the top of your habits list. If you are already consistently exercising, and you still struggle with self-discipline, then you may have your priorities mixed up. Focus more on the mental development and less on the physical development. Start to envision your exercise as a mental workout, rather than a physical workout.
Mental health is a topic that not enough people are talking about. Especially during these times, all of us could use anything that can add positivity to our lives. Exercising consistently, has helped me with my overall mental health. The way the mind just flows for me after a morning walk, is something that is very difficult to describe and convey. It is special to me. The difference is so powerful, that when “I fall off the wagon” — I notice it substantially. This difference in mental clarity, forces me to go back to the work and keep trekking. From my experience, the only way to get to this point is to put in the work consistently over time. I only found the awareness to spot the difference through consistency. Do something long enough, then take it away and you will see the value it holds.
Exercising consistently helps me to clear my mind. My mind races a lot. The most effective way that I have learned to quiet the mind and slow it down, is through prayer, journaling, and exercise. Incorporating these three into my daily routine, helps me to stay focused and continue to use each day as an opportunity to get better. Meditation is something that I am learning more and more about too. I just have not done it consistently to be able to talk about any benefits yet.
Time for yourself
We all need time for ourselves. All of us need quiet time. I look at life as a great responsibility in the choices and decisions that we choose to make. Within my decision making, there comes great responsibility. I will make mistakes. I am far from perfect, but I still work on myself and try to make myself better for those around me. I wouldn’t be able to do this properly if I didn’t create a block of time in my day where I can focus on myself. Using this time to incorporate exercise, is my one-two punch. I not only work on my overall health, but I also get to use this time to clear my head and do something positive for myself. My spirit, my mind, my body all appreciate this time. Yours will too.
The whole article is about the power of consistent exercise. Consistency is key to so many things in life. If I was inconsistent on half the things that are important to me, then I would most likely have nothing to show for my efforts. My marriage is going on 10 years, if I was inconsistent in my marriage, then I probably would not have one or a miserable one at that. If I am inconsistent with the love for my children, then I would not have the relationships that I have with them today. Being inconsistent robs you of what can be.
It turns out, we really do have a lion within us, and it really is up to us whether we want to wake him up.
I did, and it’s made all the difference.