There are so many of us who have great intentions to start using the gym, eating more healthily and to change our lifestyles for the better.
We begin an exercise plan with great intentions; to feel better, feel fitter, to improve our lives by eating better diet and making sure we do right by ourselves. A bout of inspiration usually does it, after a conversation with someone or watching TV or perhaps the feeling that we need to do something right. But then the excuses start to seep in. As many excuses come as there are reasons to start being healthier; 1) the results will take a long time to come so what’s the point? 2) I cannot commit to this regime. 3) I had good intentions but I am not ready. 3) My friends and family think I am mad. 4) I can’t afford gym membership. 5) I just can’t be bothered.
So once all the above have kicked in then it is back to square one. And do we start it all over again or do we strive and try to move forward in making these changes? Once we get passed that difficult stage, usually about four to six weeks then we notice the results and really enjoy them. It isn’t that long to get results and to start feeling better. It will be noticed in every part of your life. You will sleep better, you will be in a better mood, you will function better on a day to day basis, and most of all you will look better. Isn’t that the real reason we go to the gym? There is an element of vanity about us and being body conscious is something we are all accustomed to.
The same goes for diet. We aim to eat a better diet and to be great in the kitchen. Carry on with it and then all of a sudden we falter if something tempting is presented to us in the way of a takeaway, burger, chocolate bar and so on. Is it us being weak and our willpower failing or are we just kidding ourselves?
Yes we are! We need to be strong, like with anything we do or take on.
We all know we need to exercise and we all know we need to eat well at least eighty percent of the time but sometimes we cannot help ourselves! When we eat something unhealthy we justify it so much. As a sedentary nation we should move regularly for at least half hour per day so we can reduce our risk of heart disease, stroke and other related illnesses. It also helps our mental health too. Good healthy food is also a must to avoid cancer, heart disease, diabetes and becoming obese.
At what point to do we get to that we stop and think ‘Can I be bothered?’
I find this rather fascinating the way people have great enthusiasm and then suddenly it stops. January is always busy in the gym with the public really enthused to get their weight down and to be a fitter person. But then weeks pass and the numbers dwindle and less people are going. They are still paying for membership but don’t go as often or don’t go at all. Is this denial? Is this the way we roll? Commitment may not be an easy thing to stick to but if we keep going and keep eating well then the results will be there for sure in half a year or less!
Is it because there is something better going on? Is it our lives are too busy?
I believe that we are susceptible to giving up on things that are proving to be too hard because we are fearful of massive change. It is easier to stay where we are than to change things. A bit like staying in a relationship that is going nowhere. It makes more sense to stay where we are and keep doing the things that are familiar to us. Ask anyone this question and we all know that familiarity is good and change is not. I know only too well of my many years working in mental health and addictions. Change is scary!
We strive to do the best for ourselves and our intentions are generally always positive but once the real work needs to begin we tend to shy away and think of an excuse to not do it. Change is massive but it can also be very positive. It needs to be gradual for us to cope with it. Small changes and tiny steps are the best ways to avoid unnecessary stress. Stress can be caused by thinking we are failures and that we can’t do it; that we are not good enough and therefore we put pressure on ourselves. We also need to focus on ourselves and our own limits. If we feel pressured by other peers this can be a hindrance. Follow your own path. Be methodical and be mindful about how you exercise and eat. In order for us to make the most of it we need to incorporate it into our lives making those changes and embracing them. We are in it for the long hall.