YouTuber Craig Benzine, also known as WheezyWaiter, has spent the last few years addressing a variety of health and nutrition issues, including adopting different sleep schedules, trying “laughter yoga,” and quitting alcohol, sugar, and coffee. I’ve been working on it. One of his longer-running projects was working out every day. As he approaches his two-year goal, Benzin reflects on what he learned from his 700 consecutive workouts.
As soon as she started exercising regularly, Benjean realized there were three big misconceptions about fitness. First, you have to be “prepared” to exercise, either you have to have an expensive gym membership or complete home exercise equipment, or the exercise is too complicated, or you just don’t know how to get started. The idea that you don’t have enough physical strength to (because it creates a logic loop, how will you get in shape if you don’t start?).
“The truth is, you’re ready now,” says Benzeen, adding that when he first started, he stuck to simple bodyweight exercises that he could do anywhere and got some equipment. After mastering them, I started to make my at-home sessions more rewarding. “Maybe find something easy. Do a little bit each day and see how it feels.”
The second big misconception was that working out was boring, unfun, and uncomfortable. “Yes, it doesn’t feel good all the time. You’ll probably feel pain, especially in the early days when you start working out and when you push yourself significantly more than you’re used to,” he says. “But now I’m at my level. I’m pretty much just trying to maintain it and it doesn’t hurt and it feels good.” And the argument that it’s boring? it is up to you. Benzeen says working out is the only time he gets a chance to catch up on podcasts and TV.
The third misconception, and perhaps the biggest misconception that keeps people from getting into fitness, is that working out is for a certain “type” of person. “Working out doesn’t define you,” says Benzeen. “I don’t care about the competitive side of it. I don’t even pay attention to numbers. For me, it’s like meditation. It requires more effort.”
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the UK covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared on GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.
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