Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

It’s not a sprint or a marathon, it’s a lifestyle

ITS A LIFESTYLE… getting into shape isn’t just a quick fix, it takes time.

The first week of ‘normality’ after the Christmas break is over and you may feel that you haven’t quite got back into the swing of things, but don’t worry there is a long way to go – like the rest of your life.

I hear it all the time, after Christmas I’m going to do x, y and z. Normally that x, y and z is the far extreme of what they are used to.

For example they try to hit the gym five days a week when they didn’t even own a gym membership last year.

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Then they end up doing two things, either sticking to their goal of going to the gym five days a week before packing it in come February, or you get the other person who has not even starting because the thought of going to the gym five days a week is too much for them!

If you are the person who has stuck to their unrealistic goals then please slow down, this is not a sprint.

For the person who hasn’t even started, please don’t pack it in even before it has begun.

Try and think beyond next week, month and 2018. Start off as your mean to go on for the rest of your life.

Ask yourself some serious questions like is this the right choice for me and is it something that I could currently sustain every day?

When you get the right answer the great thing is that you can always change as you progress.

For example, if you think about starting the gym and go two days a week, that is something that you could sustain for the rest of your life and once you get comfortable with that then you can start thinking about going three to four days a week.

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If you know what life you want to lead then it is easier to break it down into ten years, five years, one year, then months, weeks and days.

Problems occur when you start thinking short term and once you get there, if you ever do, then you don’t know where to go to next.

This happened to me last year when I did a sic week transformation. One of my main reasons was to find out if I could actually complete it and could I coach others to do the same.

The problem happened after I completed my six weeks when I didn’t know what my next physical program or goal was, so it took me a while to get back into my normal routine and in the process I developed habits like late night snacking and sleeping in longer than I should have.

It’s a mistake I hope not to make again or too often. It also made me think how easy it is for people to complete a short term goal and lose it all or get to a worse place than they were before they started.

So please don’t worry if last week was meant to be your week and you got nothing done. If you went hell for leather then please slow down. Rewrite what your end goal is and what lifestyle you want to live. Break it down into smaller goals and then gradually build yourself up to feel and look awesome everyday.

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