Did you ever think about where you will be in 10, 20, or even 30 years from now? If you never changed one thing about your path would your future self be healthy and happy? Most of us don’t even think about past this week. We live in a world of self satisfaction. Everything we decision we make is motivated or persuaded by desire. What do we want at this moment? What will make us happy right now? Is this how we should live and make decisions? Not if we want future health and happiness we can’t. Some of our daily actions must have our future in mind. It’s like saving money. You wouldn’t spend every penny you have every day right? Same thing is true with our daily routine. Some things we need to get done now and some things we do everyday must be efforts towards our future self. Start a savings account today if not already by eating right and taking care of your body. Find that balance in life where you do things that make you happy today and in the future. Don’t wait until it is too late.
We all experience times in our lives when our day does not go as planned. We can either let them carry us away completely or take a detour and get back on track. If you accept the fact that life is not perfect we can prevent them from discouraging us each time. No one is perfect therefore there is no perfect routine. I miss workout days, but overall my routine is pretty regular. Instead of trying to be perfect, strive for progress and keep moving forward.
When you think about “starting” an exercise program, are you planning on quitting? Do you start with the intentions there will be an end and you only have to be involved until you reach your desired result? So many of us are focused on the weight loss and cosmetic side of fitness that we neglect to look at the whole picture. Since High School I have always been active. I always had the desire and mental attitude that I need to eat healthy in order to live a long disease free life. It wasn’t something that I looked at as a quick challenge. With my clients I try to lead by example. Never have I taken more than a week off from my fitness program and I always eat what fuels my body. Does that mean I never eat ice cream, cake, stuffing at thanksgiving or drink a pina colada? Not exactly. I do eat those things on occasion but it is definitely not part of my everyday routine. I’ve never had a piece of cake and decided that my whole diet was a wreck and I’ll start again on Monday. Anyone who leads a healthy lifestyle knows that if your day to day includes regular exercise and your nutrition consists of lean proteins, fruits, and veggies those treats do not affect you. The time it is a problem is when it becomes what you do everyday. With that all said, I have never taken more than a week off of my exercise regimen (because it makes me feel energized and strong) and I eat healthy all the time with the occasional treat. When you do this, you become aware of what balanced is. You don’t ever feel guilty when you treat yourself or miss a workout once in a while. Because it doesn’t happen often enough to affect who you are.
So don’t think of this as a temporary fix or something that you cannot sustain. This is why any nutrition plan or exercise routine must be realistic and fit into your day to day life. Make it who you are and live the lifestyle. Let it become who you are and when you focus on this, your body will follow.
We’ve all had those days where it can take any excuse and we are just neglecting that workout. There are so many things that can get in the way but it is totally up to you if your goals are important enough. Your body only responds to lifestyles. If you look back at your daily routine and it does not reflect a “fit” lifestyle, don’t expect your body to feel or look the part. I always say that you can tell how someone leads their life just by looking at them. Do they eat right, do they exercise on a regular basis, what kind of workout do they do, are they runners, do they powerlift? Typically you can tell, but they have to be a “regular” at their craft. It has to be who they are. Everyone has peaks and valleys in their lives but those who are consistent on a yearly (not only monthly) basis are the one’s that end up reaping the benefits. 30 day challenges are great to do, but don’t stop there. Let that be a stepping stone to get you started on something that will last a lifetime. Enjoy your workouts, enjoy your healthy food, and make it who you are.
Did you ever try to push a wagon up a hill? The first thing you do is assess the hill. As you start to push the wagon, you get it up about 3/4 of the way. Right about that point you get stuck and you need to dig deep and find more muscle inside you to finish the job. This reminds me of starting a new healthy lifestyle program. The initial start only requires your immediate motivation level. We are all so excited to start a program in the begining, but about 3/4 of the way in you feel like you need that extra push to keep moving forward. This is where most of your energy needs to go. You have to recognize it coming up and keep your mind focused so you don’t let go and fall back down the hill. There will be peaks and valleys along the way of your journey and you have to just tackle each one and know that the hills wont get smaller, you will just get stronger.