Remember when Hercules trained with Phil in the 1997 cartoon classic? Hercules wanted to be a “true hero” and of course, that meant being physically strong enough to save people. Though Hercules is a fictional character, a lot of us have a similar dilemma: we want to be physically strong for a purpose. Perhaps you want to look and feel good, or you want to perform better at a certain sport, or you simply want to be able enough to do everyday things that require good strength such as refilling a water dispenser. The bottom line is physical strength is important but it doesn’t come automatically—you have to work for it!
What will it take to get from zero to hero?
First, ask for help. Did Hercules train on his own?—No he didn’t! Instead, he looked for a trainer to help him out. In our personal journey to fitness, there’s often a temptation to just stick to what we know about exercising and expect good results. Thus many of us fall into a routine that eventually bore us out. You can’t swim 20 freestyle laps forever! You can’t jog in the same street for 20 minutes forever! Variety is key to great and satisfying exercises. How do you do that?—again, ask for help.
Trainers are helpful. You can choose between a personal trainer or a virtual trainer (virtual meaning you’re following a trainer on Youtube or a fitness app). They will give you workouts to follow along with demonstrations. Check out personal trainer Mike Evans from Resistance Bands Australia below:
Support from loved ones like friends and family is also crucial. They’re like the energy boosts to your success! When Hercules trained, Pegasus never left his side—isn’t that amazing! Real support comes from real people (or a flying horse—just kidding). Many times we fall into thoughts like “I can do it on my own” or “I don’t need anyone to succeed.” Although it is true that we ought be independent in a way that we don’t cling our worth and progress on other people, it is through the support of others than we find lasting endurance. This is called accountability. When we stay accountable to others regarding our desires for physical progress as well as our actual progress, they become support systems or support groups that are in the disposition to encourage us and celebrate with us when we achieve a goal. They can also rebuke us and discipline us when we fall into laziness.
“Exercise buddies” are effective support groups. Perhaps you can start one with your friends today and schedule morning workouts 3 times a week. You’ll be surprised at how fun working out can be when it’s enjoyed with friends/family!
Here's a little pick-me-upper. :)