I purposely decided not to raise the topic until this week.
Well, because it’ll be round about now – late January – that most of you (yes most – and I'm not being cynical, just real) have already abandoned your well-intentioned fitness undertakings for 2018 – however simple or lofty they were.
So the timing’s appropriate to address this.
As with many people who renege on their goals, it's usually because life gets in the way. People are genuinely busy with so much that it's tough to dedicate residual time, energy and other resources to fitness.
So we let it go.
I mean it’s not as if you’ll see any immediate difference – right? Getting into shape takes time and application.
Unless you're in bad shape, you can actually forego a healthy lifestyle and not ‘really’ notice any immediate ill-effects.
For a while.
But this neglect will slowly and steadily grow into something more harmful. It's obviously risky – if you think about it.
So how is it then that fitness, as part of a healthy lifestyle, gets cast aside so nonchalantly in favor of more pressing needs or ailments or commitments or engagements – or ‘excuses’?
Well, as pointed out, the benefits are hardly noticeable at first. So its easy to ignore things.
Working out and paying attention to what you eat and how you eat it... It's a pain in the butt for most. I mean, doing a high-intensity cardio workout, for example, means you have to get uncomfortable.
Let's compare: a slow relaxing Sunday morning with a good book and coffee versus cardio?
What's it going to be?
Well for most (and this is dead obvious, if we look at the general physical state of populations), the former will get the nod almost every time.
So how do I, and those who champion fitness, do it?
I guess we frame things differently. You see, you have to view fitness as a 'long game.' A consistent one where each little repeated effort forms part of a desired uncompromised outcome. It doesn't mean though – that there's no room for fun or failure.
Besides, everyone gets sick from time-to-time, or has unforeseen issues that crop up and take precedence over other plans. But it's what you do most of the time that matters.
As with so many skills and attributes that people want to acquire – from learning another language, to playing a musical instrument or, living well and sculpting a new body.
It takes consistent work, time and attention before notable or tangible results begin to show. And yes, it means periodically stepping outside of that comfort zone you don't want to leave.
It's not always pleasant doing the planning, training and sweating.
But internalize that goal you 'said' you desired so much. Hopefully you still want it badly enough and weren't just hedging your bet.
Only when that ‘badly enough’ means prioritizing your actions sufficiently high – will you succeed.
And please remember why your health and physical wellbeing are so important. This'll help you better internalize those resolutions that were so compelling on the 31st of last month.
Effective ways of overcoming the adversity to change
Are there any?
Sure. There're tons – literally. But if you're reading this, having ditched your resolution, then I’d caution you against selecting just any fancy-looking promise-filled solutions, however good the propositions seem on the exterior.
There're far too many gurus claiming top results by means of complex protocols, fancy apps or pseudo-scientific supplements.
Some might be genuine, but you don't want to overburden yourself more than absolutely necessary. Remember, we're all time-pressed. Go for something that won't detract from your busy life – but will compliment it instead.
In other words, don't bite off more than you can chew.
But whatever you choose, here's the one single thing that overcomes all in its way: making your decision non-negotiable.
Now, believe in yourself and go do it!