There’s nothing like the hopeful promise of a new fitness plan. If we’re lucky, there’s a new shirt or shoes involved. Maybe an update to the water bottle. But then reality sets in and we have to show up for the hard part—doing the workouts, executing the plan. No matter how motivated we are, or how soon we expect to see results, or how fantastic that new shirt is (and it is), … we still need to put in the work.
And the work can be downright hard.
So how do we push through? And can we—dare I say it—even hope to enjoy the hard yards? Or must we grin and bear it until we hit our goal?
Like a kid facing down a plate of lima beans at dinner, we could just hold our noses and get on with it. But experts agree the fitness programs that work are the ones we enjoy enough to keep on doing. So we need strategies that not only help us get through but also get into the hard work.