Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

We all, as humans, look for ways to better ourselves to enrich our lives. When we’re embattled by hardship and discontentment, we all look for ways to either adjust our state of mind or change the way we perceive things. Biologically, we had no choice in creating how we look; but, for the most part, we can alter the way we appear and feel if we genuinely aspire to. Now, there’s no panacea for perfect health – however, there is myriad ways to fine-tune your physique and psyche. The fastest route to change is ambition and consistency. No change is ever easy. But having an insatiable desire to strive can lead you to a self-fulfilled, prosperous lifestyle. 

From a bodily perspective, we all face the burden of shortcomings that visually – seem so easy to modify – yet the going gets tough when you’re put to task. Losing weight is such an arduous endeavor because it requires full-on commitment. It’s so easy to envy those with a great metabolism. These “blessed” individuals don’t have to face the up-hill plight of fretting about how many calories they’ve consumed throughout a day. Generally speaking, any long-term weight loss is difficult; just from the sheer fact that you have maintain the lost weight. But how far are you willing to go to change your body? 

As a person who’s lost a good amount of weight I can shed some insight. First thing I tell my clients when I train them is to know your body: pay close attention to what affects you both negatively and positively, reflect on your past and move forward with a mentality that is beneficial to your well-being, and never lose sight of your initial goals. Many people fail by not taking heed to how their body reacts to certain diets and exercises. Becoming cognizant of your actions will make things much easier when you want to enhance your lifestyle. 

When it comes to exercise and weight loss, you must be willing to push yourself. We’re a species that adapts to its environment in order to sustain survival, and survival (or staying young for the longest possible time) should be at the top of everyone’s priority list. When you exert an excess amount of energy and place stress on your body, you’ll have no choice but to lose visceral fat. Concomitantly, food is half the battle, though. We’ve all be inundated with food-hysteria and we continually eat what we want in the form of instant-gratification, which no doubt is accelerating our paths to death – however unknowingly. Remember this (although I have yet to fully employ this): fruits & vegetables have to become appetible to you in order to ensure yourself a better chance at longevity and quality survival. 

Lifting weights and doing aerobic exercise will facilitate all weight loss processes. Staying away from sugar and trans fats will not only help you physically, but mentally as well. Ingest foods high in fiber and low in sodium. Getting the 7-8 hours of sleep a night and staving off stress compliment any salubrious task you want to conquer. Find meaning in work and let your mind wander in the simplicity of nature. All these things will benefit you in a plethora of ways. 

Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is taxing and hard. Effortless change does not exist, at least not on this planet; to see results you must put in work. There’s no cheat codes in this life. You want to get something done? Go ahead and get it done the way it’s supposed to be done. People who cut-corners tend to find themselves in more deep water than when they first started. Avoid all the rigmarole by completing your goals through dedication and willpower. The brain and body are extremely plastic: we can alter them much more than we think. So, with all that said, go ahead and do something that stimulates you in the form of kinetic energy. You’ll find yourself living a life that’s worth living.