New Years has come and gone, and so has some of the New Years Resolutions. We have one month under our belt, and 2018 is still just beginning. Every day is a new day and a new beginning. Every day there is a new goal.
When it comes to health and fitness, you will see a lot of new faces in gyms, studios and fitness classes in the month of January. Coming into February, there is a tendency for this to slow down. One of the main reasons for this is that people think results will come quickly and when they don’t see them, they give up.
It is important to remember that “fitness” is a marathon not a sprint. Every top athlete had to start from scratch just like everyone else does. We all were once a new person in the gym.
Every time you want to quit or stop the process, remember that you started for a reason. Remind yourself of that reason and the benefits of it.
From every failure, you should never feel like you have lost. It’s a learning experience to see where you can better yourself and where you can be better next time. Every experience is a positive one. You win, or you learn. You never lose.
One of the most common ways to check progress is the scale. The reassurance lie’s in the number shown, you can’t alter the number you see, it just is what it is. In terms of weight loss and weight gain goals, the scale isn’t the measurement you should be looking at. It causes many people stress, and it is that stress which will halt your goals. The more you stress, the more cortisol that is released. Cortisol plays a big role is the body’s stress response. When this occurs, it slows metabolism down as it signifies it is under stress. Under stress the body will not continue to build muscle and or lose fat.
Having stress in inevitable, how you interpret it and deal with it can be a huge factor. Letting go of the number on the scale can help. There are many ways to be accountable to yourself. Use the mirror, how clothes fit and how you feel as key indicators. Set “day goals” or “week goals”. This can be much more effective than only focusing on a large long-term goal. You need to take pride in what you are doing, the steps you are taking to reach goals.
Everything you do, every single decision you make, either takes you a step closer or a step further away from your goal. You either grow or you regress; nothing stands still.