When I was younger I wasn’t one of those crazy kids throwing themselves in the face of danger with constant bumps and scrapes all over my body. I definitely wasn’t considered and athlete by any stretch of the imagination. I loved lifting weights and boxing but those were past times and not something that was a lifestyle. Something changed in the past 10 years. It wasn’t one moment in which I decided to take on a fitness lifestyle but it was a sequence of events. A lot of it happened while I was in the gym or doing something physically active. It led to me wanted to be more outgoing and really being comfortable with trying new things. It also culminated in deciding to open up a business with Brett where we took the biggest risk: placing our futures into our own hands. Fitness is not a one hour a day thing, it’s a lifestyle. There has been a lot of research that talks about the benefits of exercise on mental health not only because of the production of feel good hormones in the body but also because of how it remaps your brain. It reprograms our brain to accept higher risks in order to see greater rewards, it increases our ability to socialize with other people, and in an indirect way it’s responsible for improving our self image. This lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and your friends. So how do we become more open to adopting this fitness lifestyle? Here’s some tips:
One of the biggest issues in this digital age is that we are overwhelmed with exercise and health information. We are trying at Blitz to provide a unified voice on how to live a healthy lifestyle by eating clean and incorporating exercise into your daily life. Focus is the key to success. If you’re just starting, make a commitment to yourself to exercise for 5 minutes a day for 3 weeks, it can be something as close to a walk or a set of squats. It’s simple and entirely do-able. Then we can add in bite size pieces more exercise during the day. For people who are starting and veterans alike, stop listening to all the noise and hype in the fitness world. I have “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding” sitting on my shelf that was published in 1999 that describes most of these “new” exercise techniques that have come out. Fitness is a lot like fashion in that what is old becomes new again, it’s simply called something different for people who didn’t see it the first time. Simply focus on incorporating things that challenge you physically and you’ll unknowingly begin to lead that healthy lifestyle.
2) Believe in Yourself:
One of the quickest ways to fail is not even starting. Many times we defeat ourselves mentally by thinking of the how difficult the journey will be. We get down on ourselves and begin a spiral of negative self talk. Focus on small goals and achievements, never gaze too far ahead. When we celebrate the small wins in fitness and life nothing seems impossible. We increase our belief in ourselves by defeating self doubt. Think small and win big. Like I said before, I didn’t adopt a fitness lifestyle overnight or in a 90 day challenge, it took years of celebrating small victories. It was through this journey that I truly began to believe in myself.
In my chats with people online and in person I’m swarmed with questions about different workout regimens and diets. Admittedly some of you might have more knowledge about different styles of workouts than I do. But knowledge means nothing without action. We can talk about how to calculate a one rep max or how to create a proper running program but we don’t get healthy just by talking about it. Like I said before consciously committing 5 minutes of exercise a day for 3 weeks will be a great start to your fitness journey. Email or send me a message when you start this and I’ll cheer you on and keep you motivated! Stop thinking and start.
I believe that motivation has little to do with hitting the gym or accomplishing anything in life. It’s about effort and discipline. I’ve told a few people this before: my day doesn’t start until I get my first workout in. Whether it’s a jog, lifting weights, or a H.I.I.T. class in the morning my day doesn’t feel like it starts until I workout. This is pure discipline and you can have it too. Our team here at Blitz talk about our workouts like people talk about hockey games and their yoga practices, we talk about our struggles but also about how we feel after the workouts. Exercise is a devotion. With all of the local gyms and at-home workout regimens and other resources available there is no reasonable excuse that would prevent someone from doing something positive for themselves every day Workouts are supposed to be a time for yourself so be disciplined in caring for yourself daily!
Ever been in a meeting where it feels like the whole team has been empowered to push forward but you find out a while later that nothing has come from it? Businesses and people don’t fail because of lack of innovation, they fail because of lack of timely and realistic actions and deadlines. Make deadlines for yourself. Notice how I didn’t mention anything about numerical goals, those may be part of your deadline but it doesn’t have to be. A tangible deadline can be something as easy as starting to commit to exercising by October 1, 2012. If this is the case then get all of your exercise equipment planned and ready to go by this date. Another tangible deadline could be participating in a competitive run by a specific date. Register for the run and train towards the deadline. I ultimately made a decision to enter a bodybuilding competition by November 2013 because I needed a tangible deadline otherwise I would simply talk about it and never get around to doing it. When you create an internal deadline tell someone about it and focus on getting everything done by that time.
These are some of the things that I’ve done over the years in order to adopt a fitness lifestyle but they apply to life in general and achieving fulfillment. Do you have any tips that you’ve implemented in the past in order to adopt a healthy lifestyle? Comment in the section below and lets support each other in this journey!