It’s that time of the year when many will think about setting new GOALS, like losing weight, making more money, finding a life partner, starting a business and so on. Some people have no problem achieving their goals while others seem to make no progress. If you’re like most people, then you’ve tried and failed at least a handful of times and are still waiting for that magic formula. Here’s a little ADVICE, weight loss and fitness should never be seen as a ‘quick fix’ but should be seen as a long term lifestyle that you can continue indefinitely. Fad diets will work while you’re on them, but unless you can stay on it for the rest of your life it will be short lived. We all want results fast, but if you want it to last, it needs to be a long term commitment. So make it a COMMITMENT, not a RESOLUTION this year!
I work with clients who want to turn things around and maintain a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. This has given me a lot of insights on what keeps people from achieving and maintaing their fitness goals.
1. Nothing else matters if you’re miserable in your skin. Health is essential.
2. Health and fitness should never be seen as a ‘quick fix’ but should be seen as a long term lifestyle change that you can continue indefinitely.
3. Sleep plays an important role in your health. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
4. Movement is essential. No types of exercises are ‘bad.’ Ideally you would have a regular mixture of activities that raise your aerobic endurance, strength, balance, agility, and speed.
5. The best diets focus on variety and quality. We need a blend of all essential macronutrients: proteins, fats, and carbs.
6. You shouldn’t depend on something to feel normal. If you feel a need for coffee, sugar, alcohol, or other mood-altering substances, work to find out what’s wrong and solve it. Stimulants and sedatives don’t improve health. The bigger the buzz, the deeper the crash.
7. Aging doesn’t mean falling apart. Yes, aging is inevitable, but the majority of symptoms people think are from age are really just from a lifestyle that’s not ideal multiplied over many decades. This can change.
8. Goals are important. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.
9. Make daily “ROUTINES” – Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick.
10. Find the right Coach to help you cut through the noise on your health & fitness journey. Everyday there are 5000 new studies that come out! (Information overload) Find those who have made it their life’s mission to understand health and fitness.