We all know we need to get fit and healthy but, let’s face it, it can just seem like too much effort.
Life gets in the way and we can find a million and one excuses why we can’t find the time, inclination or money to do what we all know is good for us.
It’s not all about a healthy diet either
Getting fit and healthy for me isn’t all about having a healthy diet either, who really wants to cut out what they enjoy eating, I know I don’t, having dinner without an ice-cream for pudding just doesn’t bear thinking about.
I don’t want to particularly see a plate in front of me full of the latest fad superfoods either that promise the earth and deliver nothing nor do I want to turn on the TV with some chef telling me that all I have to do is take what is out of my store cupboard and knock up some new twist on crushed avocado on toast while at the same time, peddling a book that would probably end up either in a charity shop or stuck in a cupboard never to see the light of day.
Finding your motivation to get fit and healthy?
I’ve been lucky and was born with good fairly good genes, I’ve always been able to eat pretty much what I want without it affecting my fitness levels or health levels and I’ve always been relatively active.
As I approach forty my genes aren’t quite the same and I’ve become a lot more sedentary.
I’ve taken my eye off the ball in relation to staying active and as a result I feel a lot more sluggish and my mental state of mind has also been affected as a result, not helped that the fact that I’ve but pressure on myself in trying to change jobs before 40 and lets not forget that there’s also going to become a point where my wife and I might actually have a family.
You’re going to have to take stock
It would be easy for me to sit here and say that our reasons should be the same, but they aren’t and can’t be either, we’re individuals who have different wants and needs that we want to get out of life, and it’s for that reason you need to ask yourself some simple questions.
Whatever your reason for trying to become fit and healthy be mindful that your motivation has to come from a wish to change for yourself not because you want the approval of others and as such we have to get a little introspective.
- Is something in my life affecting my ability to get fit and healthy?
- Am I easily led by those around me that might not lead a fit and healthy lifestyle?
- Do I want to make the change for myself?
- Are my reasons in line with who I really am?
- Will this change affect my happiness and of those around me?
Great you understand your motivation, fit and healthy here I come
Sorry, it isn’t that simple.
Congratulations on taking the time to find your motivation, but now you need to figure out how you are going to stay motivated to make a change.
Hit the gym
Gyms today are a different beast than they once were when I was a regular in my early 20s and can cost very little to in excess of £100pm. The trouble is if you are aren’t someone that has ever been to a gym or prefer solitary exercise then you run the risk of being one of those people who is contributing to the £558m on gym memberships we don’t use.
If this sounds like you then you might want to try one of the suggested methods for getting fit for free.
Set realistic goals
Like anything in life, if you set yourself unrealistic goals, you’re going to set yourself up for failure.
Thinking that you are going to make a change in a few weeks will only set yourself up for failure. Right your goals down and review them regularly and make your changes habitual.
It apparently takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit so so be ready for the long race
Don’t forget to celebrate your successes either, no matter how small they might be.
Stop listening to the gremlin over your shoulder
You know what I’m talking about, that internal voice you have that does it’s very best to tell you that you aren’t’ good enough for the change you’re seeking to make or that friend or family member that says a little diversion won’t hurt. It will.
It’s not a new book by any stretch of the imagination but I’d recommend The Chimp Paradox to anyone that struggles to deal with the voices inside their head.
Lastly, keep in mind why you’re doing this
You’ve already taken stock of why you’re seeking to make the change, keep your eye on the prize always, write it down if necessary and remember that it doesn’t have to be set in stone, life changes and so too can your reasons.