When you’re sitting on your lounge at 8pm watching Netflix and eating a magnum, it’s easy to look at fit, active, healthy people – sigh deeply and think “Ugh. Hard work!”. But what if instead of shrugging your shoulders and brushing off a hobby in fitness as “work”, you saw it as an investment? We know it sounds cliché, but no one wakes up after their first session at the gym and says “Hell yeah, I’m ripped! Let’s go round two!” Fitness as a lifestyle is a habit, which research has shown takes 66 days to form, and 2 minutes to break.
There’s no such thing as a ‘quick fix’
Whether you are thinking about food or fitness, there is literally no such thing as a ‘quick fix’ to get your body on track and reaching your goals faster than someone who puts in the effort long term. Sure, you can let this get to you and get you down, or your can view it as a challenge. Every single day that you put into your exercise program, whether it’s Pilates, surfing or a weights regime at the gym, is one step closer to your goals. Better yet – there is no better feeling of accomplishing something you once thought was impossible!
When your body is strong, fit and capable of functional movement, it is less likely to become injured from day-to-day or sporting activities. Not only that, but recovery is quicker too!
That post-workout high
When you exercise, your body releases hormones called ‘Endorphins’. Endorphins trigger a positive response in the body which lead to improved mood, reduced stress and feelings of anxiety, a boost in self esteem and improved sleep patterns.
Aside from the confidence you get when your body starts to physically transform and look healthier, the confidence you gain from excelling at something you once saw as challenging is second to none. Understanding different types of movement and how your body responds to your exercise plan will have you feeling confident in yourself and your progress.
Looking good and feeling great
This one is a no brainer. When you look in the mirror after a few months of working hard and you see the difference, you’ll feel fantastic. Visual progress is always a fantastic motivator. But just remember, once you’ve hit your visual goals, there are always new goals to set and new mountains to conquer. Why stop now?
Creating healthy habits
Anyone who has ever embarked on a new venture always struggles a little at the beginning. It’s only natural. Instead of jumping into the deep end (we get it, it’s tempting to go ‘ALL IN!’), ease yourself into the shallow end of the pool, you know – the one with the steps! Take bite-sized chunks of this new plan each day and build it gradually. The result will be a healthier lifestyle that has grown naturally over time and now is a part of who you are. In fact, you’ll realise that you actually look forward to your exercise sessions. These healthy habits are here to stay – this fitness thing is your lifestyle!
For help creating an exercise plan that works for you, achieves your goals and allows you to continue around niggling injuries, contact us today. Joey is both a Physio, a Personal Trainer and a Pilates Instructor – We can’t think of anyone better suited to steer you in the right direction!