Losing fat is something that has become a modern obsession, not only for the person who wants to better themselves, feel good and confident in life but for the health authorities who manage the risks and burdens on our health system.
Being overweight may not only make us feel unconfident, unenergised but there are a number of health risks associated with being overweight some of these including:
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- heart disease and strokes
- certain types of cancer
- sleep apnea
We all know some of the ways that fat loss is recommended and these have been around for a long time, some in more modern fad-like way and some simpler and proven.
- Do Strength Training
- Increase High quality Protein and highly nutritious foods.
- Eat less, Move more
- Get 10,000 steps in daily
- Stress management
So why does our culture have a proportion of people that successfully manage their own fitness and health and many others not?
Is it because we don’t know what to do?
Is it because we don’t have access?
Is it because there is a physical issue or problem that prevents us from exercising or doing the right things?
Is it because we need more time?
The interesting thing is that most people don’t exercise not because they don’t know what they need to do, don’t have access and some may have some issues that prevent them but most people will say “I just don’t have time”
The truth may lie in a much simpler way – It’s the “Must” versus the “Should’s” – how often do we say to ourself “I should do that” “I know I should” – the key difference between the people that will exercise regularly, eat healthy and manage their stress is because they have successfully turned the should into a MUST. When something is a Must, it is no long negotiable part of our life. But how do we change it from a “Should” to a “Must”
If you’re someone that struggles committing to your health and fitness habits, think about what going to the gym involves for you…
Quite often it is the process, the steps, the things and how we have built the process up in our mind to actually train, eat well, including all the outcomes and goals we include in getting just to the first step. No wonder it is overwhelming.
How to Change a Should to a Must
- Make it a habit and don’t wait to feel motivated – you need to pull back all the steps, processes, involvement, goals, ideas around outcomes of the training and simply say to yourself I have to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If that’s too much, commit to doing five minutes a day.
- Start Today – Another big part of the process is waiting for something, more time, something to be finished or some point in the never coming future to start. This does not work.
- Start where you are – it does not matter if you fell off the wagon yesterday, if you haven’t trained in years or months we have to recognise and accept where we are. Admitting to ourselves that we are here, will not only empower us to change but it will give us the opportunity to forgive ourselves for what is no longer relevant. Excuses are our worst enemy as they keep us out of the power zone, they prevent us from making the change through a whole heap of emotions.
It is always challenging to get out of the should’s and into a Must but over time you will see that this no longer becomes an issue, it becomes the way of life.
Love and Light
Head Trainer, Rack Life
The information in this article is general information and not to be considered as advice, and takes no individual considerations in writing this.