No Pain, No Gain: The Hard Truth About Working Out

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When it comes to working out, there tends to be a culture of people who want to find shortcuts. They just want the end result, which, in many cases, involves “looking good”, but without any of the actual work it takes to get there. The fact of the matter is that life doesn’t work that way. We’re not here to point fingers or make you feel guilty for having such thoughts, we’re all guilty of it to a certain extent. Here’s why you need to embrace the “no pain, no gain” mindset.

It’s All Basic Physics, Really

The great Isaac Newton famously said in his third law of relativity that “for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.” There’s so much truth to this in all aspects of life, including exercise. In other words, the only way you’re going to see actual results is if you put in actual work.

Our society has merely deemed that rock-hard abs are considered “glamorous”, but when you lift the veil of superficiality, it’s ultimately just physics. It’s no one’s fault but your own if you’re not getting the results you want. The bodybuilders you see in the magazines didn’t make the rules, they just follow them really well.

So, if you really want to see results, you’re going to have to embrace the pain. The good news is that once you embrace this mindset, you’ll start to view pain through a much more positive lens—and you might just discover that you love working out as a result.