Adapting to a successful fitness lifestyle to change your life
Changing your life takes time, commitment and consistency.
You have to be able to want to change your lifestyle, nobody can make the change except for you! A lifestyle is a change made for life. Make changes for tomorrow, not just for today. Look ahead and envision where you would like to be, now, think where you are now, and what are the steps to take in order to get to where you want to be. Here are 3 ways to adapt to a new fitness lifestyle and stay committed to it, but first lets take a look at the stages of The Change Model to get a better idea of where you are, and how to get where you would like to end up.
Stages of change model;
From the pre-contemplation stage where you don’t even realize you have a problem to the maintenance stage where you have maintained your lifestyle for a minimum of 5 years. It will take commitment and drive to adapt to your new lifestyle, so you must make sure you want to change in the first place.
In order to stay on track and motivated with training and lifestyle changes this model is a great way to give yourself a reminder of where you are and where you want to go. The stages of change are simple but takes dedication and time to stay on top of them.
Hopefully you realize you need a change as in the contemplation stage and you’re already thinking about going to the next step of the model, the preparation stage.
Here are the 3 ways to adapt to your new fitness lifestyle, successfully.
1. You must want the change.
Going back on how you must want the lifestyle change, meaning a friend didn’t drag you into the gym to workout with them, or you didn’t see a 2 minute motivational video because we all know that doesn’t last long. Changing a lifestyle and being successful in doing so, means you have to dig deep into the scenario and find your “why”. Why do you want to change, do you want to lose 10 pounds before summer? Perhaps you have a wedding and you want to look your absolute best! Those are all fine goals but when we talk lifestyles, we’re talking about change for good. We have to dig even further. You might want to change your lifestyle for health reasons, lower your blood pressure, avoid risks and diseases, and have more energy.
Those are all valid reasons for changing your lifestyle. The way I look at it, it’s awesome to give yourself short term goals like losing some weight before summer, but you also need long term goals like lowering your blood pressure for an example. Achieving a lower blood pressure is something that you have to be consistent with, because if you’re not and you just stop exercising, your blood pressure will go back up. Change is something nobody can force on you. You have to be self motivated in the sense that you will be able to realize you need to change, but in order to stick with it for good, you must find your “why”.
2. Be positive.
Thinking positive about fitness is a good start. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not training as hard as you would like too, or if you miss the occasional workout session. Be happy that you have made the choice to go to the gym, or if you did skip a workout for whatever reason, that you will make up for it in your next workout.
The worst thing you can do is get discouraged and quit or stall your results. Fitness is for everyone so be positive and stick with it! It starts with a strong mindset, tell yourself you can achieve whatever it is that you are aiming for, yes it takes time and hard work, but what doesn’t? Start thinking more positively and it will help ease you into converting occasional workouts into a daily lifestyle!
3. Ignore naysayers.
You can’t do it. Why would you even try? Do you know how long it will take you to see any results? It’s a waste of money! You don’t have time to workout, blah, blah, blah… In order to become successful you must eliminate all naysayers, haters, etc. They’re the ones who rather not see you succeed so take that as a compliment. You are going out of your way and out of your comfort zone to make a lifestyle change that isn’t easy, so do not let anyone get in your way or talk you down. Hang out with people with the same interests as you, so that in exchange you can keep each other focused.
You can even try to be the motivator, and educate the individuals to make a change for themselves, but don’t get discouraged and let it ruin your pursuit to a fit and healthy lifestyle if they don’t take your advice. As I mentioned at the beginning, nobody can make the change, except for you! If anyone tries to discourage you, it may be because you have a life worth being jealous of, so don’t sweat it!
Adapting to a new lifestyle takes a lot of hard work and constant motivation day in and day out. There will be ups and downs along the way but don’t let anything get in your path of adaption. To be successful in achieving your fitness goals and making it a lifestyle, you must plan ahead and stay disciplined throughout your journey. Everyday is a new beginning and remember only you can decide your destiny! So, go ahead and make the change for the better; find your passion and run with it! You’ll be happy you did.
Ryan (Silent Killer) Richard
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