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Uncomfortable Benefits

Change is hard. We get comfortable in our methods, our lifestyle, our patterns. Even with the best of intentions, a change is always met with gritting of teeth and questioning of necessity, even if the change is in fact quite simple. Let’s take Facebook as an example.

Throughout its short history, whenever Facebook updated their site they were met with unbelievable criticism. Remember when they introduced the Timeline? Or what about the Live News Feed? Things that we now take for granted, people refused to accept when they were first introduced. Petitions were written. Criticism literally overflowed the comment threads. And we’re just talking about a free website. We’re passionate about something that in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t actually matter. So let’s talk about something that does: Your fitness.

Maybe your fitness is perfect. Congratulations! But more likely the case, you’re the same as the rest of us: You realise your fitness is not perfect, and you want to do something about it. So here you are. Reading about what you can do. Because change is hard, and in your head you feel you need all the help you can get. As Seth Godin said in a recent blog post:

“If it was easy, you would have already achieved the change you seek.”

And you’re right. Change is hard. But habit is much easier.

Your habits are effortless. Taking a daily shower isn’t hard. Nor is eating multiple times a day. But exercising daily? Many consider that near impossible.

And it is. To begin with. But so was taking a bath when you were a kid. You fought against it. But as you would one day realise, it’s important. As with exercising. And after that short period of uncomfortableness, any new change will eventually become a frequent habit. And you’ll have forgotten what life was like before the change.

So let me ask you this: Have you exercised today? Let’s not make excuses. Let’s not blur the lines. Have you gone out of your way to exercise today? The answer to the question is as simple as the solution. If you have, congratulations! You’re on the right track. If you haven’t, you should turn off your phone and make a plan right now in how to do so before the day is done.

Every bone in your body will say, “I’ve had a big day, maybe tomorrow.”
But this time, every bone in your body is wrong.

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