The qualities it takes to be fit and healthy is no different than what it takes to be successful in other areas of your life.
But for some reason, most people don’t think of it like that and treat it as something completely unique.
I agree that in some ways it can be unique but on the whole, it’s not.
Patience, resilience and planning will lie at the heart of all your major successes in life and if you want to be fit and healthy, they will play an integral part of that too.
Let’s take your career for example…
If you would have treated your career in the same way as you’ve treated your health and fitness, where would you be today?
I can say with a high level of confidence that if you’ve had a successful career it’s highly unlikely you would have been ‘on it’ for a few days, then let the wheels fall off only to ‘start again on Monday’.
If you run a business, just imagine one of your employees did that.
You would likely sack them.
Occasional perfection followed by complete obliteration is a recipe for disaster and misery.
As with anything, our results are always the average of what we do.
With this in mind, let me refer this back to how you can successfully manage your personal health and fitness.
A strategy I use for 99% of my clients and myself, it is set weekly goals and review points.
So for example, i’d ask a client what activity they can commit to for the next week.
They would say something like, 3 PT sessions and 70,000 steps.
That’s great because it’s both enough movement to be fit and healthy, whilst being attainable.
Next, i’d ask what they’d like to do in terms of the body weight and fat %.
From there, I would then calculate their personal calorie and macro goals.
It really is as simple as that.
I give them different options of how they can go about achieving their targets for both activity and nutrition to find what would be the most suitable strategy for them.
It could be the same calories and macros each day, it could be a carb and calorie cycling strategy.
So the details may differ but the process doesn’t.
Then during the week they will follow the plan, collecting valuable info along the way such as what works well or what may need to change for future weeks.
At the end of the week, we then review.
Did they achieve their movement goals?
Did they achieve their nutrition goals?
I don’t tend to fixate on individual days, I look at the week as a whole and determine the averages.
As I said earlier, our results are always the average of what we do.
This process works because it’s adaptable to individual circumstances whilst providing us with a framework for success.
I don’t care if you are brand new to exercise or a premier league footballer, this process works.
By managing your week as a whole rather than meal-by-meal or day-by-day it will allow you to relax and not get caught up in needless mind games to focus on the bigger picture.
Make time to plan, execute the plan to the best of your ability and then review what worked well and what might need changing.
No emotion, just process.
Try it, it might just unlock your potential.
Thanks for reading, have a great day.
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