The fitness journey can be a lonely journey sometimes. It rewards you with both highs and lows. In my time of training, I have learned a few tips that I would love to share with you as it pertains to getting the most out of yourself and becoming a better you.
7 Tips For Success
Get Your Mind Right
The first thing in anything you do is deciding that you are going to actually do it. You can’t walk until you take the first step. You can’t get fit until you first decide that you need to.
I have learned that it’s not just what you want, but rather what you’re desperate for. There are a lot of people that want to change, but not many who are desperate for a change. Many people declare that they want the Lord, but it’s not until they grasp that: as the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after thee,that they get the real motivation spark for growth.
Each and every week I engage in a Reward Meal. Taking time out for simple rewards and pleasures can refresh you along the way. It provides the personal satisfaction of knowing that I have had a successful week, and it provides the vital ingredient of celebrating small victories.
RELAX, RELATE, RELEASE
There is tons of research about the benefits sleep has regarding overall performance. Without getting too technical, sleep has an amazing effect on recharging your brain for the next day. Our bodies go in and out of sleep cycles, which are about 90 minutes in length. During these sleep cycles, there is a delivery of protein to your muscles for repair and growth. So sleeping is very important and should be embraced and not avoided.
CHANGE IT UP
Our bodies are highly adaptable. In order to not hit plateaus, you have to be sure to change it up from time to time. I observe people sometimes when they enter the gym. And I see them using the same equipment and doing the very same routines. I can almost predict where they will go next. Now if I can do that, don’t you think your body can also predict what you’re about to do. God has equipped our bodies to be adaptable, so if you really want to see “change,” take your body through a series of shocks, by changing up what you do and how you do it.
STRETCH It Out
The older I get the more important this has become in my life. Stretching helps to improve your overall flexibility and range of motion. Another good benefit is that stretching allows you to get your game face on. When you begin your stretching you realize that in a matter moments your work out will begin, and it prompts you to be motivated. Also, stretching is key in the reduction of soreness after workouts, so remember to stretch before and after.
The old adage, “no pain no gain” is so true. In everything in life, we experience struggle before the growth. Toddlers experience the discomfort of teething, teens the discomfort before puberty; even the Bible speaks about the suffering that produces character in Romans 5:2-4. If you want to grow in your fitness journey you can’t be afraid to experience a little discomfort. Get out of your comfort zone and attack your discomfort, and you’ll be happy that you did.
REMEMBER YOUR “WHY”
Times will become difficult and sometimes you won’t see the progress you want, but you have to remember why you began. Your why has to be greater than just trying to be “summertime fine.” A lifestyle of health and wellness is not limited to just the summer, it is year round. My why is to simply Glorify God through my fitness and health. What’s your why? Take time to discover it, and I guarantee it will help fuel you to where you want to go.
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