Why do we wait
“The action of delaying or postponing something.”
If, like me, you are a record breaking procrastinator, getting into a new fitness regime or eating healthier can very often be delayed until “Monday” or “in the new year”, but why wait until Monday, or a new year? Why not start while you have the momentum? Fitness and healthy eating don’t know what day it is! I understand for many that Monday is the start of a new week, and so it kind of makes sense, given our “new week , new you” mentality, but if you had the momentum and drive to get fitter on a Thursday, I can guarantee that by Monday you will have lost that drive, so the cycle of procrastination continues.
Here are 3 reasons not to “put off what you can do now”:
This one is the obvious one. Unless you live under a rock, you will be aware that exercising and eating a little less processed food is good for you, physically. It is also proven that exercise and eating better can reduce stress, reduce the risk of type 2 Diabetes, boost your energy levels, improve your bone strength, boost the immune system, and can help with *anxiety and depression.
Research used to state it took 28 days to create a new habit, and whilst this stat is true for some, it is now believed that it takes anywhere between 21 to 60 days depending on what habit you wish to create. One thing that remains 100% certain however, is that without day one, you will not start creating that habit, full stop! To aid your new habit creation for fitness, pre book all your months training sessions, that way you are committed to your new lifestyle.
Try not to focus on the end result too much. By all means have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, be it lose 50lbs, strengthen up your body and get lean, or run a marathon, but understand that these things take time and patience. Instead of focusing on the end result, break it down into small goals and take it week by week. For example, if your end goal is to lose 50lbs in 6 months, make your first goal to lose 7lbs in 4 weeks. Break your goals down in to achievable goals and you won’t lose the will to succeed. Focussing entirely on your end goal can be disheartening, not to mention daunting, and this is why many fail to succeed.
Specific, Maintainable, Achievable, Realistic, Time based.
FINALLY something to note:
In order to succeed, first and foremost you need to be doing it for yourself! A big player in succeeding is intrinsic motivation. Is your long-term goal something you really want, or are you doing it for someone else? If your making changes because someone else is demanding / asking / or you think they want it for you, then you’re far less likely to succeed. It’s that simple. Often people fall short because they don’t have that fire in their belly to change. Don’t set goals if your personal interests and heart aren’t into it. Do it for you.
Throw some SMART goals at Claire and let’s smash them! On-line and 1:1 training available!