How to get back in the game may seem daunting, but just a few steps can get you there. You may really want to be “in better shape” but maybe you just don’t know where to start. Maybe a little fear comes over you at the thought. What if you don’t succeed, so why start. Been down this road before, maybe too many times.
It’s not that you don’t want to be healthy. Everyone wants to be healthy and fit. It just seems that so much gets in the way.
You remember when you used to be in really good shape. You just don’t know what happened or how things get so out of control. Maybe it was that nagging ache and you’re afraid to exacerbate it.
When you’re down a road and have a stressed-out-overworked-undernourished-overfat-more-sedentary-than-you-want-to-be-lifestyle, it certainly can be challenging to figure out where from here.
Let’s just start from the exciting fact that you want to improve your health and fitness. That is exciting. You’re probably jumping up and down. No? Well, that’s okay if you’re not. I am for you.
This is where TBFS comes in and guides you in pathfinding to get back in the game. Let’s reconsider a few things that get in the way.
Revise Your Relationship with Exercise
For some, the very thought of having a relationship with exercise may invoke the pit of your stomach rising up to your consciousness. I get it, but here’s what…
Getting back into the game isn’t as hard as you think. And, neither is revising your relationship with exercise. As you start dipping your toe in the water, it’ll come to be a more natural process. Soon, you’ll be sauntering down a path that will be shaping your journey. Did I mention whistling? That, too.
You truly can have fun exercising. And, to be able to get healthy all at the same time is a two-fer. Fun? Exercising? Hard to believe? Nahhh…let’s look at a few things.
We’re Training The Body
It’s time to stop calling it exercising. Yes, we do exercise, but it’s time to change the point of reference.
We are actually training our bodies to accommodate us in doing things we want to do. Want to play golf? There’s some great ways to get better at your game. Want to keep up with the grandkids? There’s some great moves to keep you strong and agile. You get the idea.
So let’s get a different perspective besides sweaty tight bodies (although you secretly wouldn’t mind).
Everyone Starts Somewhere
No one was born knowing how to do a clean and press (a fancy gym move). Each person had to learn it. They had to learn how to get their legs to work in concert with their hips, arms, brain and with their breathing. Then they had to practice, practice, practice.
Argh! The breathing part…some clients struggle with that. What to do? Keep practicing. I’ve seen clients repeat the instructions quietly and consciously, step by step, breath by breath. They’ll work with their breath and movements until one day…Viola! They magically get the rhythm and can now put it all together into a beautiful, smooth move.
It’s starting to feel really good…but I’m getting ahead of myself. Because there’s a few questions to answer before all that practice to smooth moving, if you want to get back in the game.
How Do You Want To move Forward?
How you want to move forward, not just in fitness, but in life. This question is one to ask no matter what you’re considering. We ask it in fitness because fitness impacts your whole life. Compartmentalizing fitness into a separate category from life is how so many other things get in the way. Pretty soon, you’re 30 pounds over wondering how that happened.
Give your answer some serious thought then start sweeping the path clean to put yourself back in the game.
Motivation To Get Back In The Game Comes Later
I often hear people tell that they just lost their motivation. When actually, they lost their inspiration, their vision, and they have stopped setting their intention.
Motivation actually comes later. I know, you thought you needed motivation to get going. Motivation doesn’t really last long which is one of the reasons that’s not what you need.
Improvement Requires Inspiration
We all think that it’s motivation that’s lacking. I’m here to tell you it’s inspiration. Creating a vision of a healthy and fit future-you is a great way to get the inspiration you’re looking for.
What are some things you notice about your future-self? How good would you feel? How would you look? How many more activities would you want to try? Which ones would you chose? Would you be proud? Would your family be proud? Would your doctor be a happy camper?
Keep those images and that vision at top of mind. Attach your vision(s) to the strong emotions that represent how you feel, ie, strength, love, and beauty. With this inspiration, is your intention towards becoming your vision starting to develop?
And, you can change images as you travel down your path. In fact, they probably will change. As you grow, so will your intentions. Just keep traveling down your path, shaping its direction as you go.
Sometimes, it takes time to find our inspiration. Take a look at what’s important to you. Try it on and see if it feels good, then pull in it.
We often talk about “stepping into your power” or “stepping into your person”. This is where your empowerment begins.
Look For Rewards
Clients often come back from the doctors busting with pride. They received the “Atta way to go” from their doctor. They are so excited to share the good news, and they should be.
Their family and their friends also have noticed their increase in energy, their appearance and their attitude make a shift.
It really made them proud of the choices they have been making. I’ve seen it give my clients an important opportunity to recognize all the work they have put in.
You will find that the time and the focus that you direct toward improving your health and fitness will be one of the best investments you will ever make! This I promise you!
When you focus on one area of life, it impact every other aspect of your life. It’s this impact that garners the title “Exercise, the Keystone Habit”. Because like the keystone that holds up the archway, exercise holds up the doorway to a good life.
So when you’re looking at a regular exerciser and wishing you had their ‘discipline’, just remember that what they have done is that they established a habit. What you’re seeing is their keeping their habit in good routine order.
Yes, even regular exercisers have to make adjustments to keep their exercise habit in good routine working order. It’s as easy as scheduling your workouts in your calendar.
Regular exercisers make adjustments to their calendars and negotiate time within their busy schedules to include their workouts. This appointment then becomes non-negotiable. Oh, it may slide up and down the page, because life does come at us, but it doesn’t go off the page. And, it is a regular event scheduled on a weekly basis.
Then, the big High Five is all yours for the asking.
Now that your workouts are scheduled, your goal for improvement in health and fitness must consist of various types of movements and various levels of intensities.
Your workouts should include both cardiovascular (aerobic) and strength (anaerobic) training protocols.
While you can gain some physical improvement throughout the day with regular activities of walking, climbing stairs, moving around the office, picking up the kids, cleaning house, etc., these are considered light to moderate work levels.
To gain cardiovascular improvement, the intensity of physical movement needs to increase.
In our programs, we will work with progressing you with the right amount of work and intensity so you won’t have to do face plants into your food from not being able to lift your fork.
The difference between structured exercise vs physical activity is usually the intensity of the work. For certain health benefits, however, it usually requires strenuous physical activity.
Jogging vs walking at a leisurely pace would be a great example of the difference between the two.
Pound for pound, or minute by minute, strength training has an advantage over cardio work, and with some strength protocols, you can get a cardio workout doing your strength training workout.
Isn’t it time to Start Your Engine?