“You’re a Mach Macho Man”
The smell of sweat and iron fills your nostrils as you walk into the chapel of strength. It wakes you up and is a challenge to push and work even harder. Today is the day you meet your goals; today is the day to decide who you want to be. With mighty heaves, grunts and yells you overcome many different kinds of obstacles, fighting to meet your own aspirations and conquer self weakness. Your first step has led you to the gym, possibly the best place to work out, but it is only one of many stops on the road to self improvement.
Working out is not easy in the slightest – if it was, nobody would improve. Challenging ourselves is the only way we can get better, so we must constantly look for more difficult methods to do things we’ve already done. After all, body builders don’t get where they are by doing the same thing day after day. Some people have trouble pushing them self though, which is often why working out with a partner or trainer is the best way to go. Not everybody has the willpower or self motivation to exceed their limits every day, but a supporting bystander will keep us going no matter how tired we get. There is also the chance that we run out of ideas and cannot think of any new ways to push ourselves; this is a problem easily remedied by the fresh ideas of a partner. A person consistently pushing them self as hard as they can is no easy feat, but is absolutely necessary for improvement.
Exercise has been around since the beginning of mankind, even though it was not labeled as such until long after. Humans likely didn’t think about it, but they exercised every time they ran from a wooly mammoth, or chased a deer (White). Around 400 BC a philosopher named Hippocrates said, "If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health"(White). Philosophers and doctors of this pre – AD era linked physical...