Everyone has heard the old saying “it is a marathon, not a sprint”. Here’s why you should be playing the long game with fitness!
Playing the long game with fitness
How many of us actually understand and can use that principle to help us achieve our goals? In a world full of “fast results”, “instant fat loss”, and “30 day transformations”, how could we possibly keep our minds focused on the long game?
The answer is quite simple actually, just stop listening to all the bullshit being thrown around in the fitness and health industry. Health isn’t nearly as complicated as everyone makes it out to be.
The “secret” to being fit and healthy is not a secret at all, it’s this little word that most of us know but many of us suck at, and that word is consistency! You don’t need to be doing all these crazy diet and fitness hacks, you just need to consistently be doing the right things and over time they will add up.
One of my favorite quotes is “it’s not that people don’t do the right things, it’s that they don’t do the right things long enough”. It is so simple and absolutely true, it just takes time!
Stay consistent with your workouts, stay consistent with your diet.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t have cheat meals or enjoy yourself, because you need that balance, but it is when it starts to become a habit to have cheat meals or miss workouts that it becomes a problem.
The best way to stay consistent is to make healthy living fun!
You need to fall in the love with the process, and that means the ups and the downs sometimes. When lifestyles become bland and redundant that is when consistency starts to drop. So try new recipes, new (safe) workouts, find a gym buddy, listen to great music, podcasts, or books while you workout, find a group that is passionate about fitness and health that can help build you up, track your results to see how far you have come.
Most importantly just be ready to play the long game and make fitness a lifestyle rather than spending this month doing some outrageous cleanses, or fad diets. Find things you can do consistently and you will achieve great results!
Now use the information from this article to create a plan of attack and get after it!