As the new year unfolds, the barrage of ‘Get fit quick’ promotions is ubiquitous, and frankly I’m tired of the trend. While it may serve as motivation for some, the question lingers: is it truly sustainable?
I’m frequently asked how both I and my incredible team maintain our dedication to movement. My response is consistently open and honest: “I’m not always motivated, but I am dedicated.” This dedication extends to the constant pursuit of bettering my health, wellbeing, and mindset. Striving to be the best version of myself is an ongoing journey with its challenges — there are days when I falter, skipping workouts when the motivation wanes. However, I’ve come to realise that I’m a better coach and a better human when I’ve moved my body for my mind.
It’s essential to recognise that you don’t need to train six days a week to see results. Pushing through a workout when fatigue sets in might not be the most productive approach. Tuning into what your body truly needs and incorporating recovery into your routine should be an integral part of the process. The journey to a healthier self is a holistic one, acknowledging the ebb and flow of motivation and prioritising both physical and mental wellbeing.
Here are some tips:
Set Realistic Goals: Define achievable and measurable fitness goals for sustainable motivation.
Create a Schedule: Establish a consistent workout routine that seamlessly integrates into your daily life.
Find Enjoyable Activities: Engage in exercises you genuinely enjoy making fitness a lasting part of your lifestyle.
Mix It Up: Keep things interesting by varying your workouts and preventing boredom.
Accountability: Partner with a friend to stay accountable and motivated.
Reward Yourself: Celebrate milestones with small rewards to reinforce positive habits.
Prioritise Consistency: Focus on regular, smaller workouts rather than sporadic intense sessions.
Make It a Habit: Integrate fitness into your daily routine until it becomes a natural part of your lifestyle.
Track Progress: Monitor your achievements to recognise improvements and stay motivated.
Stay Positive: Embrace setbacks as learning opportunities and maintain a positive mindset.
Remember, commitment is the cornerstone of a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.