Even more than our diet, modern exercise is linked to unrealistic standards. Watch out for Instagram fitness, where every woman has a flat stomach and every man has bulging muscles. Worrying you don’t look like that will not help you become thinner or more muscular. What it will do is kill your motivation and throw you back on the couch.
An active life is not about comparing yourself to others. It’s about finding value in being active. If you truly enjoy your activities, it doesn’t matter how quickly you get results. Being active becomes its own reward.
Don’t set yourself goals or targets. You have limited control over your results and you only risk demoralizing yourself. Rather, commit to a certain effort and focus on what that effort brings you. If you commit to taking a daily walk and feel refreshed and energized every time you get back to the office, that’s more important than precisely how many ounces of fat you have burned.