You’re trying really hard at the gym. Why are you not seeing results?
“Why am I not seeing results from my workouts?”
A quick Google search will tell you that you’re not working hard enough — exactly what you don’t want to hear when you’ve exhausted yourself trying everything you can think of to get “in shape.” (Whatever that means).
The more you Google, the more ads you’ll see, all of which say the same thing: This product is the newest, best, most mind-blowing, fat-burning, detoxing supplement. But why should product Z work if products A through Y didn’t?
The wellness and fitness industries employ gnarly marketing tactics that make you believe you’re not enough. You don’t have enough discipline. You don’t have willpower. You need products X, Y and Z to achieve the results you so desperately want.
Your answer will never lie in some magic pill, and while working harder may be the answer for some, “move more and eat less” is an over-generalized, over-simplified answer we usually disagree with.
Want the real reason you’re not seeing results from your workouts? We’ll do you one better. Here are six reasons why.
Here’s how one simple daily practice can change your life.
“I’ll be happier when….”
Fill in the blank. We’ve all said it. Many of us have reached the “when” — yet we never seem to reach contentment. We live in a world where busyness is praised, and mental illness, sickness, and insomnia are considered normal. We live in a world where “more” never seems to be enough.
What if the root of our discontent, unsatisfied, overly busy, and unhealthy lives is stemming from our lack of gratitude?
Gratitude can reverse our priorities to help us appreciate the people and things we do have rather than constantly spending our time and energy in pursuit of the things we don’t have.
You might think gratitude is a gimmicky wellness fad, but research shows that gratitude (defined as the practice of acknowledging the goodness in your life) can increase life satisfaction, happiness, and connection to something or someone outside of yourself — such as a higher power, a greater cause, or another person.
Let’s look at how consistently practicing gratitude can help you thrive in life, relationships, and health.
Stop settling for just okay.
Someone told me once that if you don’t spend your life fulfilling your own dream, you’ll spend it working for someone else’s dream. It was then that I decided I wouldn’t settle for contentment -- I always knew I wanted more than an okay job and an okay lifestyle. I want challenges, growth, and freedom from financial and time restraints. I want flexibility and control. I want to live life on my own terms, not on the terms of a job contract.
That said, we all have two choices: Make a living or design a life. When you create the opportunity to design your life (“create” being the key word because no one is simply given the opportunity to do so), you can design a life that makes you happy, fulfilled, and successful, whatever success looks like to you.
Here are seven tips to get you started on the path to a well-designed life.
Keep up your fitness while enjoying time with friends and family.
About Smarter Sweat
Smarter Sweat is a fitness company built from the ground up by fitness experts Amanda Capritto and Ashley Phantz. Amanda and Ashley are both dead-set on cutting through the clutter of the fitness industry and providing raw, real, utterly honest information about fitness and wellness.