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I Hate Working Out, But Still do it

I Hate Working Out, But Still do it

 
By:  Mission Team November 19, 2021
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To be completely honest, there are certain things I just cannot stand for, and if you read the title, I can spare you the many examples and just tell you that it is working out. Now, as a disclaimer, I enjoy healthy activities and eating and will never put down something like going for a nice walk around the neighborhood. But there is a certain point where I draw the line, and that is when I am sweating, panting, and dizzied from throbbing body pains. I dread the idea of being in the self-inflicted pain of exercise, even if it means it will help me get stronger. Sometimes, I would get in the mood to
challenge myself to workout harder, but I often stop at the earliest moments of exhaustion and tiredness. Now, as a missionary for Hard
as Nails, working out is essential to our structure as something like eating or prayer, and there is no real escape from it. Well, there is one way to get off workouts, if you have a handicap or injury that prevents you from doing it, but I am surprisingly in fine condition without a hint or medical history that could bail me out. So, here I am stuck working out, without a legitimate excuse to avoid it, and yet I somehow continue to do them without complaint or trying to talk my way out of them. But why? Well, I will tell you why!

 
On the most superficial level possible, I am getting absolutely ripped. I completely despise the idea of me being some sort of meat-head or jock, who walks around trying to show off his muscles, and I get embarrassed when people say that I am starting to look pretty muscular, because I do not want anyone picturing me as some buff dudebro. I rather like to come off as a logical and cool individual, yet a quiet one as well. However, I always knew that I have a good build to be strong and muscular, I just never put it to good use, and I was okay with that. I had no qualms with being a bit blocky, I was in no danger of being overweight, and you could say that I was content with the way my body was. But here is the thing, I was “content”, where I knew there was a ceiling I could aim way higher for. And now that I am in an environment that pushes physical exercise, I have been able to get a taste of this higher ceiling that I have been talking about. It feels good to be stronger and more refined, and it ultimately gives me a sense of accomplishment and progress in my life. I no longer feel as stagnant as I did in my non-workout days, but feel that I am constantly evolving and improving toward greater things.


Next, these workouts have pushed me to be more motivated. I was never really that much of a motivated person, and it would often take lots of mental strength and convincing for me to commit to an idea, project, or work, whereas I always prefer sitting back away from the action. But since coming to Hard as Nails, I have found myself more courageous and willing to take more risks. I definitely believe now that there is a connection between my motivation and working out. Whenever I would go without working out, I could find myself getting anxious over texting my friends simply to encourage them or wish them a happy holiday. But when I am getting consistent exercise, I feel more willing to take risks, like giving more into my work here or reaching out to someone and not caring if they reject me. Perhaps it was all those mornings of getting up at the wee hours in the morning that helped increase my motivation, knowing that I very well could stay in my bed like a stubborn child, but decided to get up anyway, regardless of how much I hated it. And doing this over and over nearly every morning has beaten much of my stubbornness out of me.

Lastly, I am strangely able to deal with pain better. The part of working out that always turned me off was being so tired and in so much pain, but since the countless workouts I have done at Hard as Nails, I have been able tolerate pain like never before. I
was one of those kids who was always cautious and made sure never to break a bone or get injured, and staying so far away from danger all my life made me very sensitive to pain. It only takes a couple seconds of doing something simple like carrying a heavy package before my arms burn so much that my mind feels numb. But since being forced into so much pain through these workouts, I have been literally hammered into diving and accepting pain when it comes during exercise. It seems at this point that I still feel pain the same way, but I have a greater capacity to bear and power through it.

 

  In conclusion, my continued working out, regardless of my disgust for it, results from seeing the strength I have gained, my growing motivation, and higher tolerance for pain. These three main reasons really opened my eyes to see the great benefits that come with working out. And I have learned that these benefits of working out come at the cost of all the exhaustion, tiredness, gasping, panting, and all the other pain that comes along with it. And in a strange way it has made me think of how going through a workout is like going through personal suffering in our life. God allows us to have suffering that will be very painful to us, but the gifts and growth we will gain through trusting in Him to get through will always be worth it. And as I have been in and through much suffering, I know that those gifts from having faith in God are all too real. Perhaps these workouts are placed into my life to help me view them as dealing with personal suffering. Both suffering and working out hurt in the moment, but the gifts gained through persevering through them are too great to turn down.

 

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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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