As we are fully immersed in the holiday season, this is the time of year we start to set goals for 2015. This is also a time when many people become committed or recommitted to exercise and fitness. The fitness industry is a billion dollar moneymaker. Nowadays, when you turn on the TV there seems to be a plethora of companies, products and people selling fitness. There is too much information about fitness, which can be very confusing to the consumer. How do I lose weight? What’s the best workout routine to lose body fat? Should I do yoga or Pilates? What should I eat? If you ask five fitness professionals, you’ll probably get five different answers. Not every fitness professional will agree on what will work best, so how does the layperson figure out what to do?
There is no quick fix when it comes to your fitness goals. It’s unrealistic to think you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days. Fitness is a long-lasting lifestyle change so if you understand this then the less likely you are to fall off track.
- Make realistic fitness goals that are attainable through a healthy and safe routine.
- Write down your goals and post it somewhere you can read them everyday before you leave the house.
- It’s always easier if you have a gym buddy (husband, wife, girlfriend, friend etc), who can help you stay on track.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people who will help you reach your goals.
- Slowly wean yourself off of bad habits because if you go cold turkey you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Once you understand how the body responds to fitness, it’s much easier to stay on track. Most people give up because they don’t see results fast enough. Let’s put that in perspective: If I lose three pounds a month for a year that’s an impressive 36 pounds total. The three pounds in a month doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. At times, the body will resist change if you’re trying to lose weight or get more muscular. Don’t quit, this is a natural progression to change. Change isn’t linear when it comes to fitness, which is frustrating to those trying to lose weight, get more toned or even stronger. My advice is to stay the course because if change isn’t occurring on the outside (body image) it is most certainly occurring within the body (better metabolism, increased energy and more efficient nervous system, which equates to overall better health).
Enjoy the rest of your holiday season and remember YOU are in control of your own health by the choices you chose to make not make. Hopefully, after reading this, the choices you make will be better, sound and attainable.
President, MCore FTS