Exercise is very often a magnifier of our biggest struggles in life, and also a place to test and train ourselves. If you find something hard in 'real life', it's likely it's also having an impact on your exercise routine. For example, if we find it hard to commit to things, we are unlikely to commit to exercise. I see exercise as a training ground - if we can develop and enhance the skills we're lacking as a part of an exercise routine, we can then easily transfer them to our day to day lives.
No. 1 is CONFIDENCE. If we feel under-confident,either in how we look or what exercise we should be doing, this is going to massively impede our progress.
If you don't like how you look, you'll likely approach exercise from a place of self-loathing - via faddy diets or going all out for a week, then getting frustrated at a lack of 'progress', meaning you stop and go back to square one.
If you're unsure what you're doing, you'll likely wander around the gym trying things out, but not really committing to it and it most likely won't last long.
Either way, you end up remaining static - i.e. not where you want to be. With some help from me, this changes - your confidence soars and you start making progress.
One of my clients now doesn't dread events for weeks on end, she knows she can fit into her dress and looking at the photos afterwards isn't quite as terrifying.
Would you like to improve your confidence?
Do you find yourself repetitively neglecting your needs or treating yourself badly? Are you at the bottom of your to-do list?
Number two is SELF-ESTEEM - one of the biggest holders back in exercise and in life.
If you don't like yourself, you're going to approach it all the wrong way - trying to get fast results, not sustainable, trying to make yourself smaller as quickly as possible, with no interest in the journey, just the end result.
If you don't love yourself, you'll likely not take the right recovery time, not allow yourself some peace or some rest, which means you'll get stressed and burned out and possibly even become ill or get an injury. Not fun.
Instead, if you approach eating and exercise from a place of liking yourself, you'll get better and more sustainable results, and you'll enjoy the journey. It becomes part of your life, rather than being something you hate.
Many of my clients came to me trying to eat as little as possible, living off sugar, never having found any exercise that they enjoyed or could commit to. Now, they eat more, they have fun with exercise and they're healthier than ever.
Are you a go-getter in your day to day life, ambitious and driven, but have never quite got there with your exercise and eating routine?
Number three is DETERMINATION. With everything in life, you need to set a goal, plan it out and stick to it. I'm not going to bore you with SMART goals - basically, just make it simple, certain and specific - for example, I want to achieve a full pull up by 1st December 2016 or I want to go two full days without eating any foods with added sugar by 1st November 2016.
Pick something you really care about, that you really want and then go for it. The more determined you are, and the more you KNOW that you will achieve it, the likelihood of it happening is vastly improved.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Do you make a new year's resolution, go to the gym 3x a week for a fortnight and then give up, either because you got bored or because you weren't getting any results?
Once you've set a goal that you really want, you need to commit. Ask yourself, how much do I want this? How much will changing this change my life? How much is it worth to me?
Whether it's losing weight, toning up, de-stressing or getting more energy - what does it mean to you?
Very simply, in the below photo, I'm working on increasing the flexibility of my hips - this is important to me for health reasons (you need to balance strength and flexibility) and sporting reasons - I'm big on cycling, which can make the hips tight. I practice pretty much every day - I know it's going to take time and I won't always see any progress week on week, but I want to do it.
What do you want to change the most? Are you willing to commit to it?
If you'd like some help getting started, you know where I am.