When you're new to exercise, everything isn't in the right place yet; a program can be confusing and hard to do when it comes to exercise and following a specific protocol. The funny thing is, just starting out isn't the toughest part of training. It's not even the toughest part of ending a program in the last few days or weeks. The toughest part of training is not what starts or ends or what goes on in the middle.
When you have been on a specific program for a while or you're doing something new and interesting, its what continues on that is the hard part. The real tough area of training is the consistency. Now granted certain programs last only a few weeks, some last for months but its what you bring to the table long after your program has ended. Its the day to day trials of continuing training whether changing things up or modifying your own program that makes it the toughest. How many consecutive days can you exercise on? How many hours have you logged in? How intense is the training each day? These are the same questions I find asking myself from time to time and each day never gets easier. Just more interesting.
I have been consistent on exercising for a minimum of 1 minute a day for almost a dozen years. Think about that, having the will to go that many days for 1 minute or more. To accurately calculate it would be many, many hours of full on exercise I had to push myself through. I'm not saying this to brag or one-up anybody, I sometimes struggle to keep up with that every single day. When you develop something over a course of time, you begin to feel a sense of constant thinking and using every fiber of your being to do something on those days where you're not up to it. I have trained sick, injured, depressed, angry, emotionally drained and even exercised on the day of deaths in the family because its not about how I can keep up my days after, its because it is my second language. It literally comes natural to me and to this day it scares me that it does. Something that is second nature to you can be super frightening cause although its easy in one sense but in another you're constantly raising the bar and expecting much of yourself to push on no matter what.
The more days you exercise whether its a little or a lot, you learn as a person to understand how YOUR body works and what gives you challenges and what helps you on those days where High Intensity cannot happen. You build your personality, your way of thinking and learning exactly what drives. That's the toughest form of training of all-time; the ability to train regardless of a circumstance and developing a level of soul-searching on what gives you the greatest benefits no matter what day it is. You have a responsibility to find out how long you can go no matter what happens in your life and not just how long you can go but what happens in that time and how you feel each and every time. You don't need to be hardcore all the time to be CONSISTENT, do workouts on days where you feel a sense of challenging yourself and do workouts on days that aren't tough at all just so you did something and it made you happy. 12 years is nothing compared to what comes next in my line of training and neither should you ever compare what your training was the day before or the year before; every single workout has the opportunity to shine the brightest and each day brings a new wave of lighting up what gets you the most out of it.