3 Areas To Make Your FITness A Lifestyle…

Starting a workout program can be intimidating, nerve racking, and feel overwhelming at first.

Succeeding with that same workout program and turning it into a lifestyle can be even harder. Because if it was easy, everyone would do it. Right?!

The success with our FITness has to due with much more than just the physical but more to do with the non-physical. There are three main areas to address in making exercise a life long habit.

Physical: The physical issues are the most popular and usually the first type of goals/reasons we think about when we start on a FITness program. The physical issues are
things such as the type of exercises/program, your health, your fitness level and nutrition. Most people have at least a vague idea of how they think they want to exercise and know their general health and fitness level.

Everyone wants to look better. That is a great thing! Wanting to improve your physical body is tangible and relatively easy to determine at the start. I believe you need to be selfish with your physical goals because that is going to help you in the beginning when you don’t want to go workout. Being selfish will help you do things your brain doesn’t want you to do in the moment i.e. workout!

Knowing you need to workout and suddenly deciding to start some form of exercise without planning can unwittingly set yourself up for failure because you haven’t seriously addressed the other two areas below.

Psychological: The psychological is the hardest out of the 3 areas to figure out. This area deals with things such as figuring out your real motivation, willpower, discipline and goal
setting issues. Most people don’t realize their true motivation.

Goals don’t mean a thing until you can give the reasons (i.e. motivation behind it) why you want to achieve the goal. The more you find your true motivation(s) the more successful you’ll stick with it. It doesn’t matter how much willpower, discipline or how good someone is at following through on set goals if you don’t have your ‘why(s)’, reasons or true motivation you are asking for trouble down the road. Life will present roadblocks for everyone.

What happens when ______(fatigue, work, family, friend, kids, car trouble, the flu) gets in the way. The lack of purpose or strength of your reasons will determine the decisions you make and whatever is stronger will win (reasons for or against).

The reason why this is the hardest part is because it may take some real soul searching to find these things out about yourself but it’s crucial for success.

Logistical:  Logistical is the X factor for your success rate with your health and FITness goals. The logistics have to do with your actions and the outside factors that you have control over. Where are you going to workout, the types of people you workout with, the time of day, days of the week, and other things but the biggest  issue of all is scheduling. This is the area where you set yourself up for success or failure.

We can make this area very simple or very hard on ourselves. I’ve seen it way too many
times where someone comes to me and says, “I just don’t have time to workout.”

The key to success with this area is pre-planning.  Why?

Because when we look into the future with a calm, responsible and focused approach we think clearly and we can plan accordingly. Usually our first plan is the best plan. If we wait until the day of or the last minute we are usually rushed to make a decision. And with our rushed decision and fatigued emotions we take the easy way out and end up doing something we want to do (slack off) instead of what we are supposed to do.

Which area do you have covered the best? Need help with the most??

The O-Board Says…

A. AMRAP 10 min
200m Run
Max Front Squats

**Rest 3 min**

B. AMRAP 10 min
200m Run
Max Shoulder to Overhead

Post by Chris.