Failure happens when we fail to plan; no one plans to fail. Having a plan that you can stick to will increase your chances of success. In fitness, after you have written out your SMART goal, which I have outlined here, the next step is to write out the plan.
The plan involves 3 majors areas: physical activity,
nutrition, and mental focus/motivation. Each one is very critical in reaching
your goal, but even more important to have a foundation that balances around
all 3 areas. With wasting any more time, let’s sweat to it!
Three keys to success
Physical Activity – Remember, we are all about the sweat! Sweat is a good thing. We embrace sweating and we are not afraid of it. So how are you going to sweat? What type is physical activity will get you dripping? Gym classes usually involve weights or some type of resistance, and many other options include at-home routines, Zumba (dancing), Spin (bike), walking, jogging. I could go on and on! How about taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Sometimes we must get creative in our approach to fitness. Let me know how you sweat!
Mental Focus/Support – We must be steadfast and honest with ourselves about everything we do. I am an advocate for mental and spiritual health. This journey will have its ups and downs. A strong mentality will develop a strong physical motive. Is your support coming from family and loved ones or are you solo? Will you meditate or have time to relax, and take a break from your stresses? Do you get enough sleep at night? This one is HUGE! Rest is the best recovery for your body and without enough rest our results can take even longer to show.
Nutrition – Notice I did not say diet. Nutrition covers a broad range of health goals from losing weight to lowering blood pressure. We want to look at the overall picture of health. Plus, diets are usually temporary, nutrition is for a lifetime. So, what are you putting into your body? Too little can be just as bad as too much. This goes for food, liquids, supplements, and vitamins. (Hmm.. gives me an idea to teach how to read nutrition labels)
Lastly, there are many areas of breaking a sweat that we have yet to scratch the surface on, including fitness apparel, supportive clothing, proper shoes, supplements, vitamins, rest and recovery, but everything in moderation. My goal is not to overwhelm, but encourage, strengthen and educate. Think about your 3 keys to success. How will your physical activities, nutrition, and mental focus drive your fitness success? Write it down and let’s get ready to sweat!