Then life happens. You realize you have to choose between working out and sleeping in or having a few drinks at the bar.
And this is where most people run from the health and fitness party.
1. You cannot make it to the gym because your friends kept you out partying at all
2. You are way too sore – your first session left you in pain and you are too scared
to experience that again.
3. You can’t find the time to make it to the gym because your life is just way too
4. You never get to rest and are way too exhausted to even think about making it to
Quit lying to yourself.
The first step is to admit that your actions, or inactions, are your responsibility.
The next step is to understand that motivation and discipline are not at all the same thing. Motivation is grand. However, discipline is required for the long haul.
Anticipate positive and negative cycles
Mental, emotional, and physical health are directly related and create a cycle. Getting to the gym will not only impact your physical appearance, but also your physical and psychological health. Your body will become stronger and your energy levels will rise. This will affect your overall well-being in several ways.
As you become more energetic it will not only be easier to make it to the gym, but at the same time you will be creating a habit and a wholesome lifestyle.
For the most part, you will become more confident as this positive cycle continues to spur you on to
success. But do remember that there will be down times, where your motivation will disappear completely. These will be the times that will test your determination and self-discipline.
Self-discipline is key
It is extremely important not to rely upon motivation alone, as you still need to get that workout in when you don’t feel like it. Self-discipline is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. If you anticipate a lack in motivation and come up with coping strategies, as well as work on your self-discipline, you will be more likely to stick it out through the tough times.
Scheduling is your friend
Set a schedule that includes your gym days, which reflects all of your responsibilities and when they must be fulfilled. It should also include your professional work schedule, grocery shopping, meal prep, as well as down time.
Make yourself accountable
The key is setting guidelines and sticking to them, but remember, there is no reason that you cannot continue to do the things you love. If you’re going out set a time to go home which will allow you sufficient rest before the next day begins. You can also set a food and drink limit, allowing you some indulgence, but not a complete blow out.
Being fit and healthy are not trends. These are vital elements which not only give you more years of life, but also enhance the quality of your life.
It is nice to have the others helping you and a trainer who pushes you toward your goals. However, the reality is that it is much more important that you discipline yourself. Only you are accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to achieve a goal, you need to get up and work for it. For personal training and/or nutrition advice, feel free to shoot me an email.