We live in a quick fix world, something’s wrong so pop a pill and it will all be made better. We all want the easiest solution, the one that will take the pain away quickly. More times than not, this is not the answer. In fitness, I see this a lot when people come to me because something has “broken” for them. Sore shoulders, sore knees, sore hips. And a lot of the time these physical issues can be fixed with exercise instead of surgery.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some instances when surgery is needed, but for a lot of the people I see there is still time to address the issues before it comes to that. Properly guided professional training is what’s needed to help you achieve this. And it is needed to help you prevent this happening in the first instance.
Here’s the thing: you need full body functional training to stay physically active throughout your life. Just walking does not cut it. Now I am not poo-pooing walking as an activity. It’s great, gets you outdoors, gets you moving. What I am saying is it doesn’t build strength, it doesn’t build fitness, if it’s the only thing you do, it’s not enough to keep you fit.
But where to start? Well, you first need a goal. Who is it you want to be 3, 6, 12 months, 5 years from now. Picture what it is you want to be doing, what do you look like? Write down a description of your life as you want it to be. Is it to be pain free? Is it to be able to do 10 full push ups? Is it to go on a 2 week backpacking hike? Is it to be there for your children as they grow up? Is it to rough and tumble with your grandkids? Who are you in the future?
Then you need to plan towards these goals and there are two types of goals:
“If you improve by 1/10th of 1% every day, 10 years from now you’ll be doing 1000% better”
Isn’t that great!
So now you can write down the steps you need to take in order to reach the outcome you desire. Be specific, write down every little thing you can think of that will help you achieve it. As you write picture yourself doing the steps. And then set yourself a do-able timeline. Tiny steps.
The final piece of this exercise is you have to decide to accept who you are today and move forward from there. You are not perfect, I am not perfect, no-one is perfect and none of us ever will be. But you can be the best version of YOU and you owe it to yourself to do this. But without accepting yourself TODAY, you can’t move forward to the new you.
So here’s the take home message: Find your compelling and inspiring goal, take progressive action, don’t quit and finish strong!
I look forward to hearing your stories so comment below or send me a message.
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