As all the New Years resolution-ers fade away back into the darkness, the truly dedicated and motivated step into to pick up the slack. They scoop up the goals and dreams of all their fallen comrades.
This time of the year makes being a personal trainer all the more rewarding, as I begin to really see the results that the dedicated have been working on over the summer, and now as we move towards the cooler months.
The ones that were working hard this time last year were the ones that got to reap the rewards of their efforts this past summer and feel confident on the beach.
Was that you? Or were you hiding away after your 4 week summer shed failed to deliver...again?
I can only draw one conclusion from this, and it's far from ground breaking. To succeed, you must simply become part of "The Fitness Obsession". This means to absorb yourself in this lifestyle, and embrace all aspects of it.
This means; putting training and exercise ahead of all other weekly tasks or activities; immersing yourself in a new diet that will support your goals and not hinder them; change your habits to ensure your long term success.
Time and time again I see people start up, and fail BIG. I mean crash, burn, go backwards, the lot. I have written about this a lot in the past talking about overtraining and under preparing yourself for the task ahead. These people have not made the other necessary changes in their lifestyle to support what they are undertaking. Increasing exercise without dietary changes or lifestyle changes will not provide you the results you are seeking. Long term success means the ability to maintain a healthy body, mind and appearance regardless of their routine at the time.
For example, if I miss a week or 2 or training, or eat outside my normal diet for a week or so, my body hardly changes, I may fluctuate .5-1kg either way. Apart from that, nothing else changes. This is because my normal routine has little to no variations to it on a week by week basis. My meals change every week, but I stick to my macro goals of protein, fat and carbs. My training also varies, depending on my workload, but it is somewhat regular because I always make the time to ensure I get in at least 3 workouts every week.
So, if you could consistently eat healthy, balanced meals, and exercise 3 times per week, imagine what you could achieve. Now what if you stuck with this for a few months, a year, 2 years? What would that look like? What would you look like? What would you feel like?
So, in conclusion, what I'm asking you to do is to join "The Fitness Obsession" by committing yourself to a healthy routine, and not allowing yourself to deviate off the plan.
Allow a little bit of obsessing, and a whole lot of balance to ensure you get the most out of your life and your new lifestyle.
Director of Revive PT