It’s the same time of the year most of us are motivated to start new, start fresh with new set of goals. No matter how many year passed, how many promises kept or broken. Out of many, one goal which sticks to diary every year is called “Fitness goals”. Despite being on the top of the priority list, it slumps down to the bottom as we come near an end of January, by the mid of february it diminishes like it never existed on the list. Sounds familiar? Well let me tell you the good news, It’s actually not that difficult to carry on with your fitness goals as you may think it is. Being on my fitness journey for over 3 years now. Their was a time when i was just a beginner who started enthusiastically just to get demotivated by the end of the month, but somehow made it and continued smashing my fitness goals ever since. This is the special post for all of you guys and girls who needs the right steps to stay on track and get that well deserved kickass physique. I am going to share the key points which helps me stay motivated, kept me away from distractions and helped me to live a healthy lifestyle while inspiring people around me . Here I go
a ) Daily activity is the Key :
“Journey of Thousand miles, begins with a single step”
– Lao Tz
One thing you should realise by now. Nothing great was ever achieved in a single day. It’s the small steps which compounds overtime , that converts into a habit and hence results in massive change. Learning from the fact, it’s imperative that you should take daily actions on your fitness goals, be it small or big. It can be your workout routine or the diet you are following. Make sure you stick to your activity every single day. It’s been said, if you follow a set of activity each day for continuous 21 days straight, It turn into a habit. Why not try it with your goal. Keep the mood factor out of your track. Even if you are lazy and tired, follow it. Remember you are working for your own body, nobody is going to do that for you. Keep your machine running.
b) Build healthy network :
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”
– Jim Rohn
You heard it right , it’s utmost important for you to surround yourself with the like minded people who share same goals as yours. Take this to your heart, everyday you are going to meet people who are going in the same direction as you’re , those are the ones who will keep you motivated in your journey and then there are those who are the naysayers, the demotivators or so called pessimists who will disempower you and suck the blood out of your bones, stay away from them. Remember to value yourself first, and be with the people who value you or push you in attaining your goals. Build a strong healthy network of fit people within your circle. Know what they eat, learn their workout style, practice with them. You will be amazed how fast your progress will be once you have such like minded people in your circle. So start talking, engage more and grow.
c) Understand your value system :
“Our health is what we make of it – give it attention and it improves, give it none and it subsides.”
― John F. Demartini
Your value system determines what you give attention to. If you love doing certain activity over an over again, it certainly means that activity is in top of your value system, for example if a teenager prefer playing basketball over other outdoor games whenever the opportunity comes to him. It surely means playing basketball is in the top list of his value system. No matter how busy he can get, if that’s his top value, he will find a way to play it. The same goes with each one us too. Every year most of us push fitness as a top value in our value system (after drinking a bucket of liquor lol). Ranked 1 in January, then as the days go by it falls down and guess what who takes over laziness, work , partying, entertainment and many other garbage activities. Back to the activities you value most. The point here is to keep a check on your value system every single day. Track where you are spending most of your time, that’s the closest indicator which reflects your top value. If you want fitness to survive among your top values, make time for it every single day.
d) Change is painful, know this straight and right :
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”
– Mandy Hale
Of all the talks and excuses, one thing that piss me off the most, when people complain about the pain they have to go through after every workout and then resting for a week to come back and start again. To those people, Are you nuts? What’s going in your mind when you entered a gym or a crossfit or a yoga centre. Did you think it to be a cake walk, where you pay to get the transformed body ready like a ready-made garment at the store. Fitness centres are by far one of the only place on earth where you pay to pain. Ironically the more you pay the more painful it gets which includes more personal training and workouts. Remember change whether it’s in your body or in life, it’s going to be painful and harsh at first. The best way to divert your attention from it is to focus on the results and the people you are inspiring along the way, that joy far outweighs the pain.
e) Measure everything :
“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential. “
– Steve Ballmer
How do you know whether or not you are making any progress, if you aren’t measuring it. This applies not only to fitness but to all your goals. If you aren’t measuring it , you ain’t going to make it. It’s as simple as it sounds. Thanks to the advancement in technology, now we have a bundle of apps and gadgets to do this part of work for you. Be it counting your calories or checking your pulse, all comes handy in a mobile device. With the recent launch of Fitbit and Mi band, the numbers are available right at your fingertips. It’s time to be tech friendly and get a boost in your fitness goals.
I hope this post has given you some ideas to implement in your current fitness regime and helps you get back on track or accelerate your journey. Thank you for reading. Please do share your feedback, view or reviews. Let me know what else you are looking for and allow me to share my knowledge with you.