With 2015 well behind us you cannot help but sit and reflect on what you have achieved/missed, what you have learned, what you want to achieve this year and just how much crap you ate over Easter lol
Regarding Health and Fitness, there is so much to learn, so much to trial and error, so much time taken to better yourself and even more time taken to prepare meals and eat them.
I decided to put the following notes together to let you all know some very simple facts that I've learned over time in the wonderful juggernaut that is the health and fitness industry.
There is no substitute for Hard Work
A lot of good marketing and advertising is to blame for the momentum behind certain fad diets, supplements and eating habits. I think it is human nature to make everything as convenient as possible, I also think it takes nothing more than common sense and willpower to see when something seems too good to be true (after doing some research of course).
Almost every program regarding fitness 'guarantees' some form of EPIC results in a short amount of time. If nature is anything to go by, taking short cuts has only ever resulted in a longer journey. However, credit where credit is due, some diets do get fantastic weight loss results fast but the backlash comes when you decide to eat normally again as most of these diets aren't designed to be sustainable and therefore long term.
The Number One tip to reaching your fitness goal is ..
If you think this spider made such a perfect web on the first go you would be wrong. Perfect practice makes perfect. Hundreds of hours a year are spent training, eating and preparing food by individuals just like you in order to get a sniff of their health and fitness goal. A lot of people throw their goals away when the results don't come in the timeframe they expected, I mean it's easier to eat McDonalds than it is to buy and cook a healthy meal but 99% of the time McDonalds isn't going to benefit your fitness goal.
Having the willpower, the vision and the persistence to keep on doing all of the things required to hit your goal is the ONLY way to achieve them. Would you sacrifice an hour of sleep per night to be the BEST version of yourself? Bear in mind my friend, you have exactly ONE life to do everything you ever will and hopefully lead a fruitful life that will leave you satisfied on your death bed.
Fear Of Losing or Looking Like a Fool
You, my friend are a speck of dust, on a big rock, hurtling through space endlessly.
What do you have to be afraid of? Other people? Fear of disappointment?
All of those things and more are completely valid reasons to be afraid of striving towards some goal. But at the same time completely invalid.
To put it in perspective and really take control of yourself you only need to see your world as it really is and not just your little safety bubble that you never venture out of. Time is your most valuable resource, what you do with it determines just how fast you will reach your goal. Everybody uses the 'lack of time' excuse. If you sleep 6-7 hours a night, give up 1 hour for training or meal prep it really is that simple.
The Human Body Is Amazing
The reason the Greeks portrayed the human body in many works of art is because they knew just how powerful it really is. The body is such a complex organism that fights horrible diseases, adapts to below freezing climates, takes punishment both physically and mentally. And yet we sit back and whinge that we need more sleep or can't be bothered.
Whatever you throw at your body, it will ADAPT. I say it to a lot of my clients but with regard to muscle building - the body is ultimately lazy, if you progress with a muscle building style program the body will continue to grow bigger and stronger in order to move that weight easier. The task is then to keep trying to stay ahead of your body adapting lol (first world problems).
Ultimately, as much as these are health and fitness tips, they really are relevant to any goal you hope to achieve.
Be The Best Version Of You in 2016!
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