“I really want to lose 2 stone but have no idea how to get started“
“I really want to have more energy”
“ I want to fit into certain clothes that haven’t fit me for years”
“ I want to be able to run a 10K by the summer”
“I want a great body but I love wine, chips and chocolate too much”
These are just a few of an endless list of reasons why people get in touch with me, especially at this time of year.
It’s fantastic that people have motivation and drive in the New Year to do all the above and much more but what happens when it gets to March or April and the motivation levels have dropped off and the thought of another interval session or a HIIT weight session fills you with dread?
Unfortunately, like with anything in life, there’s no easy fix and most people think that when they don’t see immediate results within a few weeks then it’s not working and it’s time to give up. This is the main reason why gym memberships drop off a cliff in the spring, as there’s little to no support going forward in those environments. The only way to achieve your health and fitness goals is through hard work and lots of it over a sustained period of time.
The physical stuff is probably the easy part. The vast amount of us can put one foot in front of the other and walk. Most of us can lift a light weight a few times. The hard part is the mental tenacity needed to get through the training when things start to get tougher. These are the times when the routine of training starts to get laborious or you start to plateau or when eating unhealthy again seems like the easier option to prepping a decent, healthy meal…Or it’s raining!! These are the easy ways out and this is where most people start to falter.
The health and fitness industry bombards us through thousands of magazine articles, dvds, tv adverts etc etc that it’s easy to achieve your goals…”Do 10 minutes of planks a day and you’ll have a six pack” “Do 100 push ups a day and you’ll have a gym model body” etc. Unfortunately this isn’t true. You can only get a gym fit body with a blend of hard training AND a healthy nutrition plan. That’s the bad news (which isn’t too bad is it?).The good news is that anyone can do it with the right mindset and the right changes in your lifestyle.
Remember, that if it’s taken two years to put on the two stone that you now want to lose it’s not going to shift in two weeks. If you want to run a 10K but you’ve never ran before then it’s going to take time, effort and commitment to train for it. If you want a great body but you love wine, chips and chocolate then it’s going to take a certain degree of mental toughness to change your mindset…but it can be done!