You might read a million articles or opinions on how to make fitness habits a consistent reality for you. You might even succeed with some of them while failing miserably with others. So, I’m sharing with you today how my clients & I stay consistent in fitness. Are you ready? The secret is…
It’s estimated that humans today are exposed to over 8,000 marketing messages every single day. Wow. And with the prevalence of social media, everyone’s opinion is more apparent than ever before. And to add to that, all of your friends suddenly seem to be “health experts.” They’re promoting a “life changing” product of some type that will solve all of your health/fitness/nutrition/body woes. But all of these messages start contradicting each other and you wonder who is selling the right product, which magazine provides the most solid advice, and if you need to be doing cardio or weight training to reach your goals. I get the confusion. If I wasn’t a fitness professional I have no doubt I would succumb to it too.
You will become what you believe you are. It’s a fact. It’s the self-fulfilling prophecy. So, if you tell yourself that you’re a fat failure on a daily basis – guess what you become? If you tell yourself you’re sick or injured constantly, you will be.
When we decide we want something big in life – a body transformation, to compete in an athletic event, etc., we often WANT IT NOW. Frequently here at Movimento Fitness we have to remind clients that health and fitness, like anything important and worthwhile in life, are a marathon effort, not a sprint or a race. Patience, persistence, and perseverance will get you everywhere when approaching big life changes or goals. Urgency, impatience, and inconsistency will, conversely, get you nowhere.
Whether you’re currently working with us here at Movimento Fitness, whether you have in the past or you may in the future, it’s important to us that you know we want you to come as you are. Come as the imperfect and amazing self you are RIGHT NOW and transform into the imperfect amazing self you want to be. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t exercised in years, if you don’t know the difference between starchy and complex carbs, or if you love or hate the idea of fitness. You have a place here. You are cared for, and you are wanted.
In my years of working in the fitness industry, I’ve found there are two types of people: Those who are committed to their fitness routine 12 months out of the year. Those who use vacations, summer, holidays, etc. as an excuse to let go. Don’t get me wrong, even I love a break from training every now and again, but one thing I’m conscious of is not falling into the summer trap. Here’s the thing. Your body doesn’t know it’s a holiday or summer time or that you’re visiting a resort somewhere. Your metabolism doesn’t differentiate. So, if you’re using this time of year to drop the ball on your fitness, you’re doing yourself a massive disservice.
It’s been said that you are the average of the top 5 people you spend the most time with. When people first read that, they’re typically either invigorated or concerned. You may have noticed that families who have positive habits and mindsets seem healthier and happier. Conversely, families who always talk about the things that are wrong, view life as a challenge or never seem happy often also struggle with their health and fitness. So pause here…how does your family, those people you spend the most time with, impact you?
Motivation is one of the most common objections I hear around why people don’t achieve their fitness and fat loss goals. There are 4 types of motivation: 1. Fear-based motivation – this is where you take action because you’re afraid for whatever reason of what might happen if you don’t. This type of motivation disappears when one of two things happens: You do what it takes to alleviate the fear OR you rationalize the fear, accept the outcome, and are no longer afraid. In either instance, you stop taking action, motivation disappears, and the cycle will repeat. 2. Obligation-based motivation – you’re motivated out of necessity. You continue to take action only until the obligation is fulfilled or until you simply don’t care anymore. Either way, action and motivation will cease at some point. 3. Perfection-based motivation – this is a BIG one many of the people we’ve worked with…
When you start a program to get healthy and fit, develop better habits, get out of pain, or whatever the case may be, one thing you probably don’t expect is how your mind transforms. Health and fitness can be very elusive, multi-failure, hard to reach topics for the majority of people. You may have even thought at one point that it’s just not possible for YOU to achieve your goals, especially when under the influence of prior failures.
Having worked in the fitness industry for years, I’ve met a lot of people who say they want to change. They’re unhappy with their bodies, their performance, their feelings of being out of control, or maybe they’re even in physical pain. But as you might guess, change is HARD. Without getting too scientific, all 3 major areas of your brain were designed to prevent change, discomfort, and walking into the unknown. Your 2 million-year-old human brain is doing its job, but you’re not getting what you want because of the stories it’s telling you and your subconscious acceptance of them.