Health and Fitness| Mid-month Motivation – Staying mindful and motivated this March
We’re almost at the end of quarter 1 of 2018 and with the stress and scurry of daily life, it is easy to jumble our priorities, often placing the most important at the bottom.
This short-term perspective can create tragic long-term problems, a common example of this is health and fitness. Our bodies were designed to move, yet we spend majority of our time sitting, whether it be behind a desk or in the car. But exercise should trump everything, or it is unlikely to happen at all.
If you have your health, you have everything and can do anything. If you do not have your health, you have nothing. So, prioritising other things above your health is futile since you will physically not be able to provide (financially, emotionally) for yourself and others who are dependent on you, if you are in bad health.
In the beginning, there will have to be more time and energy placed on actively prioritising and honouring the good intention of workouts. Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. This will however, get easier in time but we suggest stringency for the first 6 weeks.
Do something each day, no matter how small, to get you closer to your goal. Sneaking in a 20-minute workout or stretch session is 100% doable in a 24-hour day. This will form the foundation of your more strenuous workouts. Also, please note the various meanings of routine: there should be a routine in terms of working out (a certain number of days per week) but the type of training done should vary to avoid the workout plateau, where you no longer see results. It is important to provide your body with new challenges to tackle and skills to learn.
• Realistic goals
Take small steps every day to get to your goal. Your goals should be set from a place of honesty and reality in order to make them attainable. Nothing deters us humans such as the over-complicated. So, start with small and simple goals then slowly increase the intensity and challenge, by measuring/documenting your workouts in terms of time, weight and difficulty.
It is also important to give your body down time to rest. Even though the individual body parts and muscles get rest days, the energy and nervous systems also need time to recover. You can still maintain your discipline with moderate stretching (releasing tight muscles), using a foam roller and non-gym activities such as taking the stairs.
By this we not only mean rewarding yourself with rest and time off but constantly reminding yourself of the bigger picture and undisputed benefits of making fitness your number one priority. The only reward for prioritising your job is money but the reward for prioritising your health is reduced stress, improved soundness of sleep, increased energy levels, improved cognitive function and therefore production, improved internal functioning, improved external appearance resulting in improved self-confidence.
Excellence in one area of your life will promote excellence in another. So, start small but stay strict.