The question most asked when you thinking about starting something new is “What are you waiting for?”
I know that there are thousands of right answers ( acceptable excuses if we are going to call a spade a spade) and they can justify putting off the smallest undertaking by another 10 minutes or a day, a week, another year…….. but what if its the question that is the problem not the answers?
WHO ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
I don’t mean that perhaps you want someone else to do it for you, although in all honesty this is why the grout in my en-suite hasn’t been cleaned yet, don’t judge me!
I wonder are we waiting for the permission or justification from someone to be allowed to start? Encouragement and accountability are wonderful things when it comes to new projects, particularly with health and fitness. Someone to keep us on track and motivated is great…..but why would we wait till we are told that its ok or a good idea? How many times have you told a friend over coffee about your “plan” to get fit and waited eagerly to be told that it is a great idea? Maybe even hoped they would commit to joining you…..
We look for this not because we are flawed or weak but because we are social creatures. We have been raised to believe that other peoples opinions matter and while this is sometimes true, when it comes to your own goals and dreams for you, frankly no one else can give you permission for that.
If you are really ready to change, want to start working towards a big fitness, work or personal project your own justification has to be enough. Find permission for yourself and you will find your goals and dreams suddenly look alot closer.
What will you give yourself permission for this year?
When you hear the word “Fitness” what do you think of?
Hot sweaty, smelly rooms, filled with weights, scary looking machines of some kind of torture, and a drill sergeant like instructor shouting to go harder? Or maybe the overly enthusiastic lady from the Specsavers add?
For too many people that word harbours a negative picture, one that causes physical pain or discomfort, along with some self-conscious thoughts. I am “too un-fit”, “too fat”, “too jiggly” or just “I wouldn’t be able for that”. What if your mind really believed that a change would help your body feel better?
What happens if we start our “Fitness” journey from the inside?
The secret to making any change is to make sure it is one you are committed to, and to commit to anything it has to add value to your life. If you start with the “Why”, the “how” is always a lot easier!! We all know that food and exercise go hand in hand, but we shouldn’t forget that the mind and body are also supposed to work together. I like to get clients to explain the why. It doesn’t have to be said out loud, I don’t even really have to know but if you don’t think about the real reason for making this change now, you probably haven’t let your brain know what’s actually going on!
All of my clients start from somewhere different. No two people ever have the exact same reasons for wanting to make a change, even though I hear the same goals a lot…..
I want to* tone up *lose weight *fit into _ size * feel fitter
Whatever your end goal your “Why” is probably to FEEL GOOD.
Choosing workouts that you enjoy makes your brain happy. Your body might ache and scream at you for a day or two but if you had a good time, I bet your brain convinces you to go again! If you did a class or workout that bored you to tears, brain says NO. And that is the end of your fitness plan this time…….sound familiar???
The happier the brain gets, the more this spills over into your everyday life. You become more likely to relax, laugh and be good to yourself. You will eat better, treat yourself to the little pampering treats that make you feel good on the outside. Massage, nails, pedicure, reiki, lunch with friends, choosing to eat well and rest when you need, all the little things that make you smile. It becomes a happiness addiction!
You might also find that you deal far better with stress, and the anxiety of day to day. A healthy mind can pretty much get you through anything! So if you are thinking about making a change to your fitness program, or starting one, your brain is already half way there. Go find a class, trainer, sport or activity that gives you that buzz and you’re off!
This is different for everyone. You might love a dancy class like Zumba or Piloxing, maybe Bootcamp or Boxing is right up your street. You could find you love to lift weights, swing kettle bells or maybe a core, flexibility or yoga class is your ticket. There is lots on offer so go on and something a try!
Never be afraid to ask for advice on what classes or workouts are best for you, on food plans or on mind set and goal planning. Your trainer or instructor is there to help you, and if you are looking for something that they can’t provide we all have people that we would recommend. Most of us got into the fitness business to help people achieve their goals, and feel good and we will do whatever we can to make that happen!
Most importantly of all, never let a busy schedule be your reason for not looking after your fitness! Time is always going to in short supply, but your health, both physical and mental are far too important not become part of your daily routine. Finding an activity that fits your schedule can be tough, but can always be done. After all you are the most important project you will ever work on xx
For me getting back to fitness after my 4th baby was much more a mental and emotional lifeline, than a physical challenge. And this has continued to be the case through the last few very tough years …… I needed a space in which to clear my head, to let some stress out, and just be. The peace, energy and strength this gave me was amazing and I get to help other people do the same……..it truly is a job I love!
So we are happily settled in our new home( well pretty much…there are still a few bits to finish) and never one to rest on my laurels I have decided to take on a new project.
Something has been nagging at me for years to get the online platform ready and finally after a lot of research, a stalled start and a good many sleepless nights, I have found my system!
You see I do believe that you can achieve anything if you are willing to work for it, just look at how much the studio and fabulous community here have grown! I also know how much work goes into setting something up from the ground. Sometimes the answer is simpler than you thought.
For a long time I have followed some amazing online Fitness coaches who are real inspiration to me. They have a great system, a super community and most of all they GET RESULTS! Results are what we really want…. it is what motivates you as clients and me as a trainer. I believe that what I need to deliver is a results driven program and rather than start from scratch this time I am going to use the tools and systems already tried and tested and be able to reach out and deliver to people not just here, but anywhere! I am so freaking excited!!!!!!
Not only do I get to launch my online program properly and reach out to ladies who are too far away to make classes here, profesionals who work crazy hours and need a portable system, and mamas who work even crazier hours and need a plan that fits the most hectic schedule, but best of all……….
This time I don,t have to do it alone!
If you are now or ever have been self employed you know that there can be very long and lonely days. The weight of all the jobs from cleaning the floors to marketing to cash reporting and customer falls to you. And in the very early stages you cant always justify the outlay for help. Sometimes it is just stubbornness and ego and this is a terrible combination.
Learning to look for support, to ask for help when you need and to get out of your own way is tough, but wow is it worth it! I am now about to launch something that was only a pipe dream for so long and I have a tribe of people behind me who are there to support me through it.
When you are looking for solutions remember to be open to possibilities. Ask for help when you can and never let your ego get in the way of being part of something wonderful. The opportunities are there for you if you are willing to see them.
Are you ready to start something new? We are happy to help,
So you want to get fit? Or fitter. Perhaps you aren’t ready to brave a class, or maybe your work schedule is hectic. Or maybe you cant find the time between everyone else’s demands….kids, family, dog, boss….the list is endless.
These are all really valid reasons for not reaching your goals, right? Ah nope, no dice!
Honestly if you want something enough you will find a way, not an excuse! But you might just have to start at home ( where all the best things start!)
I am a big believer in these 3 exercises, and if you are consistent you can make a difference to your fitness in a matter of weeks. So find a little space and commit a little time to adding these 3 things!
Can you skip? You should! Go and treat yourself to a skipping rope. Hands up it is easier with a nice leather one (watch the backs of the claves though while you get used to it! Ouch!!) but your pound shop finest will do. Start small, 2-3 minutes and see how hard it feels! Honestly this is a full body workout! Work up in time and watch your fitness steadily improve. Have you seen how fit boxers and fighters are? Have you seen them skip…..enough said.
Walking? Great! Now up the ante……
Whether it is just from your desk to the canteen, your kitchen to the front room or a fresh 5km, add walking lunges. Your thighs will burn, your backside will ache, and you will so thank me for it! This super simple exercise strikes fear into every client of mine! We do them with weights, without, in warm ups and leg sessions and wow are they effective. You are so welcome.
Core…… you have to add some core, and while I love a good plank, there is a safer, tougher and equally effective exercise for targeting that tummy. Get down on the floor lying flat on your back and raise one leg at a time into a 90 degree position, with the knee directly over the hip joint….no closer! Lift your head and shoulders slightly, lift those finger tips off the floor and hold while keeping your back completely in contact with the ground. And hold. And hold. And hold. This one is torture!
Look it up, Pilates 100 position, and do it daily.
You see, you don’t need a lot of time or space or cash to make the first step towards a fitter, healthier, happier you………just 3 good exercises and a little dedication!
Let us know how you get on!!
If you want a little more direction get in touch, we are always happy to help!
Its never easy to make a change. I recently read that as people we are only prompted to change something when the pain of doing nothing is greater that the effort of making a change.
Does that sound familiar?
How many times have you waited until something, a job, a relationship, a messy drawer, was so unbelievably difficult to live with that we had no choice but to make it stop?
What would life look like now if you had acted sooner? And what was it that held you back? What if you lived everyday with the intention of being a little better than yesterday?
When it comes to fitness I hear, and have made, plenty of “reasons” ……..
I don’t have time.
I won’t be able to keep up.
I will be too sore after my workout.
I am too tired.
I cant afford classes/membership/a trainer.
I will do it tomorrow.
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! Tomorrow never comes, you cant afford not to look after your health, you will have more energy after your workouts, the soreness subsides, you will keep your own pace, and if you have the time to read this, then you have the time for a workout!
Find a class you enjoy, bring a buddy for accountability, and put it in your diary like any other important appointment. Once you start keeping going is easy!
Sometimes you need to put the excuses to one side, dust off your can do attitude and just do it! Motivation is like any other muscle, you have to flex it regularly to keep it strong. But the great news is, it only takes one small step to put you on the path to a fitter life.