“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Are you struggling to obtain a body that you have always dreamed of? Are you frustrated at an inability to lose those last few kilograms? Rest assured that you are not alone in your endeavors. In fact, you represent the majority of individuals that have the desire to change their lifestyle but may lack the tools that are necessary. Thankfully, there are a handful of sure-fire steps to fitness success. You may be surprised to learn that these steps are much easier than you initially believed. So, let’s take a quick look at five approaches that will work wonders in helping you to achieve perfect physical conditioning.
Patience is a Virtue
One of the main reasons that many would-be fitness champions fail is that they expect to achieve success overnight. So, forget about those “sure-thing” advertisements or any plan that “guarantees” you a perfect body within a week. Instead, remember that hard work and dedication are the most important ingredients to achieve your goals. Be patient and over time, your commitment will pay off.
Diet is Two-Thirds of Your Challenge
Without the proper diet, you will never reach your goals. You would be surprised at how many individuals will spend hours in the gym and then “refuel” with a hearty meal of fast food. On the contrary, most fitness experts feel that a diet is the most important component in any exercise routine. If you modify your diet, your body will follow in step; it is that simple. So, never be afraid to look online for advice or to consult with a trained nutritionist. The advice that you will enjoy can prove invaluable in helping you to achieve your goals.
One Small Step for Man (or Woman)
While patience is a virtue, you also need to be realistic with your goals. Think of this as running a marathon. Which seems easier to achieve, fifteen kilometers or a kilometer at a time? This same concept is used in the sport of mountaineering. The climber will rarely look at the peak. Instead, he or she will search for the next handhold that allows them to ascend another meter. In other words, set realistic short-term goals. Achieving these benchmarks will provide you with the motivation to raise the proverbial “bar” and ascend to the next level on your upward journey.
Motivation Comes from Within
Do not rely on a training partner. If you do, you will likely be let down from time to time. In turn, this may cause you to start doubting your own goals. Recall that not everyone possesses the motivation to proactively pursue their fitness dreams. Instead, find the motivation to get to the gym on a cold and rainy morning when others may call you crazy. By relying upon your own driving force, you will suddenly realise that facing the next hurdle is easier than you think. While this may sound to be a bit of a solitary approach, never forget that strength on the outside only comes after strength on the inside.
Work Smart as Opposed to Hard
While pumping that iron or running those ten kilometers is quite necessary, be aware of the fact that burning out is always a possibility. If you reach a plateau (which you will) and continue to push yourself without modifying a current routine, you can become quickly discouraged. Once again, it is wise to follow the advice of a trained professional. They will be able to target your fitness routines around your unique needs. You will waste less energy and see results faster. If and when you do reach that plateau, you will be able to break through it with ease while progressing yet closer to your ultimate goal.
Of course, these five steps to fitness success are easier said than done. Above all, you will need to be patient with yourself and realise that even if the horizon seems far off, each step is bringing you closer. Keeping these maxims in mind will help to guide you along the way and if you become frustrated, recall that Rome was not built in a day!