What does it take to achieve your fitness goals and live a lifestyle of health and wellbeing?
I haven’t always been healthy- for the most part of my life I grew up in NZ where everything was fried, covered in butter, salt or sugar. No wonder health problems run rampant in my culture and both Australia and NZ are well known for our very high obesity rates!
The truth is, the lifestyle I lead is far from that of what I was raised in. The difference between me then and me now is CHOICE! We all have the freedom to choose what we want to do with our lives, we have the freedom to choose what we put in our mouths, what we do with our time, who we want to be around.
After being overweight, unhappy and depressed about my body image I made a CHOICE to change, I decided enough is enough, I need to do something about this or I’m going to end up like this person or that person and quite frankly all the people around me at the time were not going to help me be a better person so I knew that I had to change that too!
So that is the first step- SURROUND yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.
It’s true that you are who you hang out with. Once I changed this, the rest was a lot easier because I had accountability, reassurance and support.
Secondly you need to have a strong WHY- if your why isn’t strong enough you will fall off the health & fitness band wagon real quick!
There has to be a desire to want more than where you are at now.
If you don’t want it bad enough you won’t get it. Mine was that I don’t ever want to go shopping and feel miserable because I have to get the next size up to what I usually am (this was the turning point for me by the way).
Find out your WHY and continue to remind yourself of it.
Thirdly, EDUCATE yourself about yourself- find what you love to do, experiment and try different things.
You might prefer running, or lifting weights, group classes or outdoor training. Whatever you enjoy, keep doing that and don’t waste your time doing things you don’t like - it won’t make your journey enjoyable!
When you get started ask a lot of questions and figure out what works best for you. Understand that everyone is different and what works for someone else might not necessarily work for you, so make sure you strive to discover your own formula.
Lastly, ENJOY the journey- we only get one body in our lifetime and I truly believe it is imperative that we take care of it to the best of our ability and enjoy the journey while we are at it.
Smashing fitness goals and living a healthy lifestyle is so rewarding and has many benefits that far outweigh any excuse. Walk into your changes with a positive mindset and use these simple steps to help you stay the course.
Yours in health & fitness,