11 April 2014

Jealousy will take us no where

When exercising in a gym or in a group its quite likely to meet people who can do more reps, lift heavier weights, or are more flexible. They can be a source of inspiration or envy. The first is good to some extent as it can get us to work harder and raise the level of our effort. However jealousy will eventually be detrimental. It may cause us to attempt exercises we cannot do and lead to injuries and loss of self esteem.

I have encountered some men in their thirty's who have hurt their shoulder joints in trying to better some Bench-press.  Ligaments have been damaged n backaches precipitated by doing unnecessarily strenuous  Squats or Yoga.

Some of these have meant surgery, a long post-op rehabilitation program and loss of self pride, thinning of the wallet. 

Envy, jealousy

Bottom line: never compare yourself with others. Each of us has unique capabilities and limits. Know your own and challenge yourself within those. Jealousy is certainly not among the helpful emotions when exercising for fitness. 

Disclaimer: All suggestions are general in nature. Readers are advised to exercise caution before implementing them and seek expert advise about what is suitable for their specific needs. 
The above image has been taken from Microsoft Clipart Gallery.


Debbie D. said...

Excellent advice! Jealousy is one emotion I rarely subscribe to.

QueasyPeasy said...

So true although I do take an interest in what the masses are up to. I've been there with the hurt muscles and torn ligaments pushing myself that little bit more. Happy A - Z blogging for the rest of the month :)

Kathy Skinner (Kat) said...

I have no interest in comparing myself to others in regards to exercise. I just do what I can do and am happy with that!
Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge!

Archana said...

Thanks for your comments Debbie, QueasyPeasy and Kathy! Appreciate your dropping by.