I was washing dishes the other night and I got to thinking about how much effort I put into keeping my house clean. Day after day, I do the same chores over and over again, all to get my house looking… well, exactly how it looked 12 hours earlier, before my daily routine wreaked havoc on every room.
The same applies to my hair and make-up. Almost daily, I spend about an hour blow drying and straightening my hair and applying make-up, knowing that it’s not permanent and I’ll just have to do it all over again the next day.
So what’s the point? Why do it at all if you can’t maintain the end result without sustained effort?
Obviously, it has to do with standards.
I don’t like living in a messy house so I’m willing to consistently put effort into keeping it neat.
I don’t like looking frumpy, so I consistently put effort into making myself look presentable.
Yes, I have the occasional day where I let things slide – don’t get to the dishes right away or throw my hair into a messy pony tail – but I don’t let it go for too long.
So what does this have to do with fitness?
Well, there are times when I’ve been at the gym and I’ve thought, “Man how many hours of my life have I spent here?” In those moments, it occurs to me that this is something I’m going to have to commit to for the rest of my life. And as much as I like working out, making time for it nearly everyday takes effort.
But you know what? Most worthwhile things require sustained effort, whether it be your health, your personal relationships, your living conditions, your career, etc. But you continue to put effort into them because they improve your quality of life.
Same goes with fitness. Spending that one hour a day makes me feel good the other 11 hours of the day, so I continue to do it.
On that note, I’ll leave you with this little bit of fitspiration (cause I got me some dishes to do!)