As we roll into the winter months, many people will start making plans to get themselves into the best shape possible and athletes wanting to perform at their absolute peak will be starting their pre-season training, in preparation for a long gruelling season. No matter how dedicated we are to our health and fitness, it’s likely that you’ll face some obstacles along the way, so I’ve put together a list of the five things you’ll need to overcome to achieve your fitness goals.
1) Social Expectations
With the world we live in it can sometimes be hard to grasp your own progress.
Thanks to social media we are constantly exposed to perfect bodies and fitness ideals. We are so used to seeing massive transformations in seemingly short periods of time, that it’s hard not to expect fast results of our own. We need to realise that everyone has their own journey, we are all drawn different cards in this world and we have to play them accordingly. Progress is progress and if yours starts to slow, try not to get discouraged - keep learning and try to implement new ways of doing things. Sometimes you just need to mix up your routine a little!
It can be difficult to stay committed to your fitness goals long-term. We often make excuse after excuse and once we get into that habit it can be hard to break out of it. You can’t expect results from the work you didn’t do. You are not born with discipline, you learn it. Next time you start your training plan, map out a designated training time for each day and don’t let anything stand in your way. There is no excuse.
3) Time Management
Speaking of excuses, one common excuse that people make is that they just don’t have the time. However, what they are really saying is that it’s just not a priority. In my experience, health and fitness goals don’t just go away. Even if you aren’t acting on them, they’ll stick around until you give them your best shot. To achieve your goals, your training schedule should be as natural as eating and sleeping. Some days are always going to be harder than others but remember, you can achieve change in as little as 10 minutes a day if you are consistent.
4) Your Friends and Associates
This can be a touchy subject but it’s something that I always try to address with my clients. Often when you tell your friends about your plans to eat healthy, to stop drinking or start exercising more, they may not be as supportive as you had hoped. Whenever you are making changes, you are stepping outside of your comfort zone which can be very difficult.
It’s important to stay strong and not allow anyone to influence you in a negative way while you’re working towards your goals. They are your goals, they don’t have to make sense to anyone else but you. Good friends will support you and build you up, not bring you down.
5) Mental Strength
It’s extremely important to understand that there are no limits on what you can achieve. Whether that be in one year or even within one minute, your mind can take your body to incredible new heights that you never thought possible. It may push you to the weakest and most vulnerable places you have ever been, but there’s nothing you aren’t capable of once you set your mind to it. There will be moments when giving up is all you can think about, but these moments are what I like to refer to as “when the magic happens”. Mental strength is built in those moments when you are able to resist giving up and I’m not just referring to giving up on training. Mental strength is also built when everyone is telling you to eat the cake but you resist. It’s when you get home and you are so tired and just want to sit on the couch, but you manage to get up and go for a 30 minute walk. You are not born with mental strength, you acquire it through hard work and sacrifice.