Believe it or not, fitness starts in your mind! Ask any athlete or fit person what the number one secret is to his or her fitness success, and their answer will likely be about commitment.
If you google (or bing) “motivational quotes”, you will notice that most of them reference working hard, dedication, perseverance, persistency, and doing. It should be no surprise then, that one of the cornerstones to succeeding in anything, especially your healthy lifestyle, is commitment.
Commitment means that you are in it for the long haul. This isn’t a quick fix. There are no magic pills here. Commitment means you rise above the bad days, hectic schedules and volatile emotions. Commitment helps you hang in there when you don’t want to do it, when you don’t feel like doing it or when you don’t feel like you have time to do it.
True commitment doesn’t depend on how you feel. True commitment rises above all of your excuses and propels you to achieve the objectives and goals you have set for yourself.
Are you committed to get fit?
Swimsuit Season Only Doesn't Work
Now that summer is winding down, you may consider putting your fitness regimen on a shelf, alongside your little swimsuits and summer clothes. But, if you are really committed to becoming fit, and living a healthy lifestyle, it means you have to work hard all year long…not just the months you want to have a killer body while wearing a swimsuit.
Sure, we all want to look good for swimsuit season. And sure, it is easy to let yourself go when you’re wearing bulky winter clothes, and the holiday feastings start. But think of how much easier it will be next swimsuit season if you are committed to being healthy all year long.
Instead of gaining weight over the winter and during the holidays, and then frantically trying to shed all of that off into the new year and next spring, the committed you would already be in shape, and have little, to no work, to get swimsuit ready.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the holidays, nor the delicious foods associated with them. It means that the food heavy holidays are special occasions, and need to be limited to that day. The rest of the winter (and swimsuit off season) will be the new and normal, healthy lifestyle.
As an added bonus, staying healthy all year not only cuts down your spring time stress of lose weight, it will also keep you healthier, as this yo-yo dieting effect has been linked to many health risks, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes ,immune function , and depression to name a few.
No Weekend Warriors
Now that we know committing to be fit means you can’t only choose one season, we also need to eliminate the weekend warrior syndrome. You may know a weekend warrior, you may be one.
This is the person who does little physical exercise during the week, but when the weekend arrives, they blast out of the gate like a stallion at the Kentucky Derby. In a desperate attempt to make up for the sedentary behavior all week, the weekend warrior goes to the gym or hits the pavement, pushing their body to the limit, but only for a day or two each weekend.
The results, however, are not what is expected.
The weekend warrior will likely end up with an injury, because the muscles, tendons and joints cannot be conditioned for the intensity of this exercise from the weekend only workouts.
If you’re lucky enough to avoid injury, you won’t be lucky enough to get in shape. Getting fit depends on consistency, which requirescommitment. It takes a consistent exercise regimen for your body to make the changes that allow you to be fit. For example, your joints and tendons will strengthen allowing your muscles to work more effectively. Your aerobic base will improve as your body becomes more efficient at utilizing oxygen and ridding itself of carbon dioxide, so your endurance will increase.
In fact, doing something consistently is just as important, or maybe even more important, than what you actually do. Even if you are doing low intensity walking, doing it every day is infinitely better than doing something more strenuous, but only occasionally.
Now consider the real rewards that will come when you, not only commit to intense workouts, but you also commit to being consistent with those workouts.
I realize that time is often a factor. But think of how much time you waste every day. If you turned of your TV 30 minutes earlier every night, and go to bed, you can get up 30 minutes earlier every morning, which is plenty of time to for a great workout.
Time To Commit
In order to get fit, you don't need expensive clothes, fancy home-gym equipment or a complicated workout plan.
What you need is commitment. If you are committed, the rest of the pieces will fall into place.
You can start today. Don’t overthink this. COMMIT! And then start doing something! It doesn’t have to be anything big in the beginning if you are just starting out. But you need to commit todoing something every single day.
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If you need help getting started with your new commitments, I am on the other side of this email or the phone. Reach out any time, and together we can set up your new plan to get committed and start on your new, healthy life!
Dedicated To Making Healthy Your Habit,
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