Reapin’ and a Sowin’
Here’s a very simple graph that hopefully explains one of my favourite quotes; “What you reap is what you sow” or what you put in directly correlates with what you get out.
For me this applies to so many aspects of the fitness industry…
Lets apply the same rule to nutrition: The stricter you are with your food choices, the more weight you’ll lose. Or to Strength: The more weight you lift, the stronger you’ll get. Basically the harder you graft, the more you’ll get back.
However, in some areas of life, this isn’t always true. A ground worker may ‘graft harder’ than a solicitor, yet will never earn as much money. Fitness doesn’t make exceptions for a degree in law I’m afraid.
Maybe this is all a bit obvious, but the number of times I’ve heard “I just can’t shift this last bit of weight” by someone who’s out drinking every weekend or more, or “it’s alright for you, you’re fit!” from someone doing only one box-fit class a week.
All of us fit somewhere along the line of this graph (there’s always the annoying person who does nothing and is still strong/thin, but they’re probably not even reading this!). The people who do nothing are down at one end, not doing themselves any favours and maybe even moaning that they’re fat, and there are those at the top end: eating clean 95% of the time, training a minimum of six days a week, sometimes doubling up, and guess what? They’re crazy fit and look just how they want to look!
What I’m not trying to say here is that everyone should become a monk and aim for the top of the graph, but maybe we should all just try and nudge ourselves a few points further up the graph… One extra workout per week, one less cheat meal a week, the results will begin to show quickly and will probably spur you on even more.
So next time you’re feeling like you’re not really getting where you want to be, have a quick review of the last couple of weeks… Have you really been putting it in? Or do we need to crank it up a notch? You’ll feel better for it, on so many levels!