I delight in sharing insights on fitness matters. As much as I enjoy everything that tests human capabilities, getting myself fit has been a real struggle. I am aware that are many others in this, and countless people out there share the same story. Life often subjects us to numerous demands, which often make matters fitness take a back seat. And at times, my priority shifts to unwinding on my cozy couch after a busy day at work.
During my conversations with some of my close friends, it seems that keeping fit could be a real struggle. There is always that inner voice inside me that tries to convince us that working out tomorrow is just fine. And the cycle doesn’t stop there; I find myself pushing my workouts aside for weeks only to come back when I realize that things are not normal.
“Playing come back” or working out just because something is not right had been customary for years. But things have since changed during the last three years. Although it is always good to be realistic, here are some key takeaways from my fitness struggles.
Time is usually the most significant constraint as far as fitness goes. Knowing well the benefits of staying active, I had to ensure that fitness is included in my long list of priorities. This means doing away with most of the unproductive activities such as going out that only took away my time and didn’t add any value to my life. Giving fitness a top priority has been one of my most important decisions.
After making fitness a priority, I went straight into planning, which many of us fail to do. And from the results, planning is an essential part of leading a healthy life. This is a lesson that I learned early in my life when I first started working at a consultancy firm as a trainee. As far as fitness goes, I set an annual goal and then break it down to monthly and weekly goals. And having a plan has been a game-changer as far as keeping motivated in the long haul is concerned.
Workouts can be dreadful, especially when I am doing something I do not love. Considering that I have had a life-long struggle with weight training, I knew that having it in my workout routines could be a huge setback. My love for soccer dates back to when I was a junior, and nothing has changed. Therefore, instead of subjecting myself to huge loads at the gym, I ensured that I played soccer every other day. And in between, I slotted some morning runs, which I also enjoy. Of course, not everyone will have the same interests as me and that’s fine. It’s important to do what you find stimulating. Take my friend for example. He loves being in a gym setting and would much rather work his way through Zac Efron’s workout routine so he can get muscles just like him that he can show off at the beach. Because who wouldn’t want to do that? So as you can see, they are very different workouts, and that’s why it’s important that you do something that suits you the best. Establishing my workout preferences early and doing things I want has been a real inspiration.
Besides working out, I also had to fix my diet by eating to nourish my body. Personally, this meant cutting down on processed sugars, snacking, and binge drinking. I also purposed to eat healthy foods and paid more attention to portion sizes. And when I felt that my workout demands were too much, I tried some natural supplements. Staying true to my diet plan has not been easy, looking at all the temptations surrounding nutrition.
I agree with the fact that there are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness. I had to make sacrifices in the process, including anything between avoiding those sugary snacks to putting in serious work when the rest of the world is still asleep. It is worth noting that my sporting background came in handy in keeping me motivated, even when the results plateaued.
I am a happy soul today, thanks to my commitment and dedication to life-long fitness.