When I was heading into college I was so excited to learn about how the body works, how your metabolism works, and how to exercise with proper form and prevent injuries. I was so determined to be the best trainer ever. So you mean, “I can meet with people, show them how to exercise and they will just follow and do what I say?” Boy was I totally wrong! What I didn’t learn right away was the psychology of health. I can have all the exercise science degrees in the , but if I didn’t learn how to transform the mind, I would never help one single person. Did you ever read a book or watch an infomercial on a new workout or diet plan and get all excited to finally get fit? You get all excited start real well for the first week (or even a month) but then trail off into your old habits. What are you doing wrong? How come you can’t stick to it? It’s absolutely because you let your mind take over and make the decision to stop. Your brain is what determines your actions from waking up in the morning to skipping the gym at the end of the day. When you are sitting in your car leaving work, you can either head to the gym (like you planned to) or you can head home. Does your car decide where you will go? Absolutely not! Your mind determines where the car will go. How do we change this? If you are excited to go to the gym, of course you will choose that. How do we get excited about it? First you have to enjoy the exercise program you do and second you have to love yourself enough to take care of your body. So next time you hop on the wagon to take that first fitness journey step, make sure you work on your mind. Surround yourself with like minded people, read lots of motivational books, and make sure your house reflects health from what is in your fridge to organization that will decrease stress levels.
Happy Hump Day!
I used to be a huge fan of little house on the prairie back in the day (ugh, I think I just aged myself!) If you have ever seen that show you realize how much physical labor was required back in the 1800s just to live. Let’s face it, unless you own a farm or build houses for a living, you need exercise! Our bodies are made to move, but with the advances in transportation and computer based jobs that cause us to sit for hours everyday they are not moving as much as required to keep us healthy. This is the reason fitness facilities exist, they didn’t need gyms back in those times because their lifestyle was very active. So if you are looking to increase your quality of life and keep your body in top shape for as long as possible, you must incorporate exercise somewhere somehow. Find something you enjoy and make this a daily habit to invest in your future self. Or you can sell your car, start a garden, or start hunting for your food instead 😉
As you scroll through facebook on the first week of January you watch as everyone is picking themselves back up after the holiday splurges and rejoining the gym or nutrition program. This has become standard in our fitness industry. Everyone knows that January is the best month for new memberships because of this widespread motivational wind that takes a hold of everyone and blows them into the gym again. According to a recent study, there are about 40% of Americans who make a resolution for the new year. Only 8% of those actually stick to them. Why is it so hard? Why can’t you just make a decision and stick to it? It all comes down to the “Power of Now”. When we make our resolutions we are excited to know that our ultimate goal will be achieved. Starting to work on this goal is simple. We take the first step and join the gym or start reading that book we have bee putting off reading (whatever your goal is). What follows after those first couple weeks is where it gets ugly. Self satisfaction kicks in and sitting on the couch after a long days work and watching our favorite TV show seems more “comfortable” at the moment. Or those donuts on the counter at work look so amazing you have to have one. It’s immediate satisfaction that derails our efforts. It takes this deep motivation, in the present moment, to counterbalance all the present-moment factors that would make people recoil from it.
*Keeping a daily journal helps keep your eye on the prize and your motivation level is renewed each day
*Write out your goal and a plan to get there so you have a blueprint of how it will be achieved.
*Celebrate small victories along the way
*Bring a friend, having a community of those with similar goals will help keep you accountable
* Don’t get too crazy, don’t make a goal too aggressive that you get frustrated trying to live up to it. Remember it is about getting better, small steps are easier to achieve and before you realize it, you will have hit your large goals.
*When you feel that temptation to bring in your old habits, STOP and ask yourself what you are doing and realize how important it is to you to break those bad habits. Every time you fight those urges it will get easier and easier to stay on track. Stick with it!
Happy New Year!
As I sit and design these 5am workouts starting on May 22nd thoughts are running through my head about everyone that has heard about our new program. Some are super excited and others look at me and say “you are crazy to wake up that early!”
Let’s get real, those of us with kids and job responsibilities know what happens after work. Nothing is consistent. Sometimes you have practices to bring the kids too and sometimes you have a networking event. Other times you have company that is visiting who requires your attention. When you think of these things, a 5 am workout is the only thing that wouldn’t get interrupted by all of these things. If you don’t have time, make it! Create an uninterrupted hour in your day to complete your workout. If exercising after work has worked for you and been consistent there is no need to change your routine, but if you are one of those who struggles with consistency the early morning time may be the only option for you. We all need to exercise, we know it is god for us. Does it take discipline? Of course, but it can be done and you may find that it is something you should have tried a long time ago.
When I worked at large gyms in the past, there would be so many people waiting at the door before we opened. Now that I have kids and more responsibilities, I realize why. If you struggle with a consistent schedule, take a look at your priorities and see where you can fit this important puzzle piece in.
As I sit here and try to think about my blog for the day a question pops in my head. “What does it take to get real results?” If I were to sum up success I would only use two words ACTION and REPETITION. Motivation is the initial start to action. Some of us get stuck with the running engine but do not actually put the car in drive and go. Think of your goals as a destination you are heading to. Initially you are excited to get there, but you know it’s a long drive. You aren’t going to arrive with excitement only. You have to actually put your car in motion and drive one mile at a time until you arrive. Some will just start their cars, some will put it in drive and go halfway and quit, and those who end up successful are those that drive the entire route (you may get stuck in traffic, end up with a flat tire, or run out of gas). Whatever happens, the successful person keeps fixing whatever goes wrong along the way and keeps going.
So whatever goals you have, know that there will be challenges and roadblocks but whatever happens just readjust and keep driving! Don’t do something a few times and get frustrated. Stop quitting and restarting over and over again (this take so much more effort!). Stay consistent and know it’s about repetition. Do it until you stop thinking about it. Your destination is worth the effort, otherwise you would never had desired it in the first place.