For anybody who is currently unfit and in a health rut, building a lifestyle that will support a healther you takes much more conscious work than it does for somebody who seems to be naturally fit and healthy.
In reality, those people also had to consciously develop this lifestyle over time until it became second nature.
If you want to be one of the ‘naturally fit and healthy people’, here are 4 skills you must develop:
1) Be a solution machine
Most people are conditioned to be problem machines. All they can see are problms and obstacles standing in their way to becoming healthy.
You are going to meet challenges on your journey to getting fit. When you do you must develop the skill of coming up with a solution to it
– Have to work late- train at 7am or lunch time
– Slipped and hurt your ankle- train your upper body
– Can’t go for a run because weather’s too bad- skip for 30 minutes at home or head to the gym
There’s always a solution if you really want one.
2) No drama
This is one of my pet hates. Some people attach so much drama to being healthy that the burden just becomes too much for them to hande.
There’s always some problem associated with eating healthy, doing a bit of exercise, making time for the gym, drinking water, going for a walk, etc.
Drop the drama guys and start to develop the skill of taking care of yourself.
3) Make it a lifestyle
Healthy and fit people seem to make taking care of themselves look fairly easy.
The secret is that it is fairly easy when you accept it as part of who you are and a normal part of your weekly schedule.
Don’t be fooled though. This takes time to develop but as long as your away at it and truly want it you’ll get there.
4) Have a plan
Here are a few examples:
– a runner plans a personal best in a certain race
– a powerlifter plans his training to support his next competition
– a triatheltes training is geared towards competing in an event
In our facility, our clients have a plan that looks like this:
– 12 weeks of training for their specific goal
– Testing week to see if they have succeeded
– Recovery week to take a step back from tough training
– 2 weeks of technique work, working on weak points, workshops, fun challenges, assessments, goals setting, etc.
If you wing it you’ll see no results and will probably get pissed off fairly quickly.
If you don’t do these things fairly naturally yet then put a bit of time into developing them ASAP. Soon people will be looking at you and saying ‘being fit and healthy just coms so easily to him/her’
Train hard, train smart and stay healthy (and for the love of god, drop the drama and just take care of yourself).