I am always told I look ten years younger than I am and I get compliments on my body by guys (and girls) half my age. Bragging isn’t the point. The point is that I didn’t really have to put any extraordinary amount of effort to get where I am.
However, when that guy half my age asks how long I’ve been working out, my answer is “since before you were born, consistently, whether I feel like it or not, and regardless of injury or illness.”
In fact, the longest I’ve ever taken off from working out was around a week, and that occurred on a couple of occasions when I was seriously ill, or recovering from surgery. On several occasions, I’ve worked out for months at a time with broken limbs in casts (you can ALWAYS work around any injury).
Maybe from the perspective of an overweight couch potato, but really no different from brushing my teeth as far as I’m concerned.
Would you find an excuse not to take care of your teeth for a couple of months? Heck no, you do what you need to do on a daily basis, year after year to keep them strong and healthy. Why is the rest of your body any different?
Yes, super hard work will get you a long ways toward any goal, but ADEQUATE effort put in consistently, year after year, will get you MUCH further!