If you were to ask me, “Why exercise?” my response would be because the health of you and your loved ones is so very important. As a personal trainer, I take great pride in challenging you to treat and respect your health as the serious business that it is.
If you were to ask me, “Why exercise?” my response would be because the health of you and your loved ones is so very important. As a personal trainer, I take great pride in challenging you to treat and respect your health as the serious business that it is. I’ve said this many times: when you allow your health to decline, so does your active quality of life. No matter what your fitness status is, there is no good reason not to be taking care of yourself physically, mentally and nutritionally every day. That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect; it just means that you should have strategic guidelines that will help keep your mind, body, range of motion and strength improving for the rest of your life. In fitness terms, that translates into consistent regular exercise, good eating habits, plenty of rest, water and proper vitamin supplementation.
Participating consistently in your own health improvement program comes with many health benefits. Improvement and change happens when you do things often. Stopping and starting all the time will halt the momentum you need to succeed. I challenge you to let nothing deter your fitness momentum from building. It is very easy to create reasons not to exercise. Travel, overworking, too busy, tired, stressed or lack of sleep are a few classics. I understand that these situations happen, but I also disagree that they should keep you from taking care of yourself. You can do both. The difference in people who are successful, consistent and motivated with fitness is that they have found a way to incorporate taking care of themselves into their lifestyles, despite the circumstances.
Here are a few insights that may help you stay motivated. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout once in a while. It doesn’t mean your program has stopped or that you have to start all over. Life happens and priorities shift. Just start where you left off. Of course, you must recognize the difference between a missed workout or two and a missed week or two. There is a big difference. You lose absolutely nothing when you miss a workout once in a while, and your body may even benefit from the rest.
Do not be hard on yourself if you don’t see results in the first 45 days. Everyone has different starting points and there are variables like age, body weight and family history that may affect the rate of results. My challenge for you is to be patient. With consistency, your body will adapt, and you will be amazed at how great you look and feel with time.