The 5 Rules of LASTING Health and Fitness
This week I want to share with you the first instalment of a 5 part series I’ve put out in the past. I think it definitely bears repeating:
All too often people “exercise to lose weight” only to quickly find it again…
People go on 30 day diet programs, 6 week fitness fads etc where this “healthier than normal” behaviour is adopted JUST for that timeframe1 They’ll put life on hold for 30 days/ 6 weeks etc but soon slip back into “old ways”.
However, it doesn’t have to be like this! What is YOUR reason for “movin’ and groovin’” like the beautiful animal that you are and feeding yourself wholesome, nutritious food?
Rule #1: Get Clear
At the most basic level you might think of “getting clear” as setting a weight loss goal – lose 5 kilos in 6 weeks, for example, or a performance goal – hit 100 push-ups in 4 minutes etc
That can certainly be part of it, but it’s not what I’m talking about here.
The thing you need to get clear on is what does life look like when you achieve your goal…
- How do you look?
- How do you feel?
- How do you perform?
- What is your attitude like?
- What is your self-esteem like?
- What is your workout & nutrition plan?Often, we just focus on the number on the scale, or scorecard but the reality is you want something more…
For me, it’s to feel great in my skin, have confidence, feel strong, have lots of energy and no annoying aches & pains, especially as I get older. I enjoy eating healthy and working out regularly. I know that when I feel great, I do great.
How about you?
Here are some additional questions that might help you turn your vision into your reality…
- What will you “sacrifice” to make it your reality?
- What is truly important to you (personally & professionally)?
- What is the outcome you’re dedicated to?
For me, I’m willing to devote an hour per day to train. I also perform a morning ritual EVERY morning (I started a new morning ritual this year – I’ll share that in a future email) and lots of “movement snacks” throughout the day!
To fit these in, I’ve rearranged my schedule to be much more productive. One thing I did a while back was cut back on evening TV… This allows me to get things done when I’m home (or work later when I need to), as well as get to bed earlier so I have more energy to get my sessions in and work done each day.
I’ve also dramatically changed my nutrition habits (to fuel my body), quit drinking (booze wreaks havoc on your body, plus I just can’t perform after a night of drinking), and follow a pretty intense wholefood, supplement regimen. My nutrition & supplementation plan would be considered “expensive” by many people’s standards… I think luxury cars and fancy clothes are too expensive… It all comes back to what’s important to you…
For me, the most important thing is my health, because without it I’m pretty worthless to those who count on me (my family, employees and clients). Plus, with poor health, I can’t enjoy life, and what’s the point of living if you can’t enjoy it?
So, the outcome I’m dedicated to is performing at a high level, feeling great, looking good (hey, that’s important to me, too 😉), and being a good example to those that choose to follow me. I plan to enjoy a long, ACTIVE life with friends and family… We’re going to grow older together, not old.
What about you? What are you CLEAR about?
Oh, and one more thing…
People around you (often your closest friends & family members) could possibly doubt you…and try to kill YOUR dreams.
DON’T LET THEM!!!
You may also try some things and they won’t go quite as planned. So what?!
Earl Nightingale defined success as “the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal.” If you’re working on it and moving towards it, you’re successful 😊
Just be sure to get clear on what you want and what that looks and FEELS like on a daily/weekly basis for you…Much LOVE x
P.S. – You also need to get clear on what you need to achieve your goal… The 3 things we focus on are:
- An Effective, Progressive Training / Movement Regimen
- A Realistic, Progressive Nutrition Program
- Tons of Support from Like-Minded Friends