“Fitness is a journey, not a destination.” An old coach of mine once said that “once you start lifting weights, you’ll never be 100% happy with your body ever again.” I know that initially sounds like a reason to never start, but what she meant was that you’ll soon get addicted and always want to better yourself, while hopefully realising that you should and can actually love your body the way that it currently is. Love the process and appreciate what it can do and what it has achieved already. Do you think Olympians stop training once they win gold in a race?
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Create smaller time-orientated actions that will help you on your way. You want to lose 10kg? It won’t happen overnight, so create a plan for 1 week that you’re going to stick to. Once you’ve done that then move onto the next one, and the larger goal won’t seem as daunting.
“Abs are made in the kitchen.” There’s no point in killing yourself in the gym if you scoff down a pizza every evening – do an all around strength training programme and work hard on having a more nutritious and balanced diet. (Try not to focus on revealing your abs anyway, you can’t spot reduce fat and you’re better off trying to focus your energy on being stronger and healthier overall – then abs may come if you’re lucky!)
“The best fitness is the fitness you enjoy.” I enjoy encouraging people to start lifting weights because that’s what gets you the more “aesthetic” toned physique that so many people want, plus a whole load of other health benefits. However it would be another wasted gym membership if you’re not motivated and don’t want to be there! Therefore any sort of activity that gets you moving that you enjoy is the “best,” whether that’s running, military style bootcamps, netball or dancing.
“Life is for living.” This means that whether you choose to incorporate fitness into your life, or that your life literally revolves around fitness (as a professional in the industry, or as a competitor etc), just make sure that you do more of what truly makes you happy, and find a way to hit your goals while balancing all aspects of life.