Many years ago, I was doing a workout video (yes, it was a VHS video…. I am showing my age), and the instructor said that workouts were like coats of paint. I have been thinking a lot about this analogy lately and really wanted to delve into it here.
When you decide to paint a room, you get yourself psyched up – “WOW! This room is going to be awesome!!!”. You go to the Home Depot or Lowe’s and you lovingly touch each paint chip and dream about how amazing your room will look in each color. You pick out a gorgeous shade and then realize that in order to paint, you need some supplies! You pick up some blue painters tape and some rollers and some plastic tarps. You are psyched. You get everything in the car and drive home dreaming about how your new room is going to have a spa like quality, or it is going to show off your abstract art collection.
Once home, you try to figure out all the equipment…. “How the heck does this paint roller work?”, or “UGH – this painter’s tape doesn’t stick!” But, you soon figure it out and start getting comfortable rolling some of the paint on your wall. Once you are done with one coat, you are EXHAUSTED! What a feat that was!
And then you look around. Why doesn’t it look amazing after one coat? Why do I have to do 3 coats to see the room the way it should look?
NOW, here is what I want you to think about. Replace all of the stuff I said above about PAINT with the idea of WORKOUTS.
You pick up an Oxygen magazine and see the body of your dreams. “I want to look like THAT!”, you say. You need some equipment, so you go to the store and purchase some sneakers and a new workout outfit. You head to the gym and try to figure out how to use the treadmill (been there folks and have been terrified by the way! I fell off the first time I used one!!!!). Then, you start to ease into it and feel like you can do it! And then, before you know it, you are finished with the workout and you are EXHAUSTED. And then you think…. why don’t I look like the woman in the magazine? Why is this taking so long?
Because just like the room needs multiple coats of paint to look the way we want it to, our bodies need consistent workouts. Each workout is like a coat of paint. Every time you devote yourself to a workout, you are making your personal room look the way you want. And just like there is such a thing as too many coats of paint, you CAN overtrain. It is important to find the level and intensity and schedule to fit your needs and your goals.
I hope you like this analogy as much as I do. Sometimes we want results NOW, NOW, NOW, and we forget that it is consistency in our workouts and our nutrition that give us the results we seek.
Now, go out and paint yourself whatever color you want! And remember that in time and with every coat, the color will get brighter and more intense!