Fitness is a journey not a destination Enjoy the ride
When we think of destinations, we have a picture in mind of a place to arrive at, then stop. Fitness is not that – it is an ongoing process.
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we can achieve a certain number on a scale, or a certain size and be done. The trouble is that it’s never enough. There is always something we can do to improve our personal bests, gain an extra kilo or two of muscle, or lose another centimetre around the waist. The list is endless. Even elite athletes are always working at improving their personal best and setting new records.
To think that we’ll arrive at a state of perfection one day and stay there without any more effort is a dream. View fitness as a lifelong journey to enjoy! It is dynamic and can always be improved by consistent effort and focus. Think of it as a blank canvas with the dawn of each day – every sunrise gives you a chance to continue the work of art that is your health. You have to maintain your healthy lifestyle in order to maintain results.
Stay on track
Staying motivated is the bane of every fitness journey! Keeping focused and developing a consistent routine can be extremely difficult in the beginning. Skipping workouts during the cold winter months can be tempting, and so is that piece of chocolate cake screaming your name at your niece’s birthday bash.
We are all human, and enjoying a strip of bacon once in a while does not make you a failure, as long as we moderate the behaviour that contributes to the problem, and replace them with new and healthy habits.
Reaching a goal will give you a sense of achievement. Write it down and put it up where you can see it. Tick off all the tasks you have completed.
If your goal is to go to gym 4 times per week this month, mark it off on your weekly calendar every time you go. You will get hungry for more if you see the physical evidence, rather than try and remember a ton of mental notes.
Track your progress
Taking photos weekly, writing down running times, workouts, meals eaten and so forth will keep you accountable to yourself, and seeing improvements will be enough motivation to keep you pushing for more.
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. This goes for everything from doing your weekly workouts to cooking the meals you are going to eat. Fitting all this in can be a daunting task in today’s fast-paced world. There is always opportunity for a rough day where you feel exhausted and would rather skip a workout, or something unexpected pops up. Keep a diary and reschedule that skipped workout. Have a meal prep day where you cook, package and store all your meals for the coming week. It will also save you time – all you have to do is remove your meal from the freezer, and pack your lunch bag the night before.
Find a partner
Workout buddies are fantastic for encouragement, a little bit of healthy competition and sticking to the plan. Find one that shares your goals and ideals. It will make a huge difference in your life!
When it comes to your journey in fitness, find your passion. Ride a horse, go climb mountains, practise capoeira. Whatever it is that makes your clock tick, find it, go do it and have fun with it!
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
By Letitia Kleynhans