Now that 2021 is well on its way, and already we find ourselves in the middle of February. Many of us have tried to put into place measures that we feel will have a positive impact on our health, realised through the implementation of a diet or exercise, and sometimes, if you are feeling particularly motivated, you may try both simultaneously. However, it is at this time, some four to eight weeks into your new fitness regime that you may well find your motivation waning.
Our bodies are immensely resilient; we subject it daily to mental and physical trauma, but do we fully appreciate that whilst its hardiness appears to be (in the short term at least), perpetual, we are quite possibly, not treating it with the care and respect required for longevity. With this in mind, the New Year brings with it an influx of individuals filled with enthusiasm and the best of intentions, to better their health through exercise, and as an advocate of improving health, fitness, and well-being, I commend your intent and action unreservedly: what better time to turn a new leaf than at the start of the New Year.
Whilst I have acknowledged your resolve to better your health, please allow me to provide some simple and gentle guidance which may just prevent you from becoming one of the reportedly 80% ~ 90% of individuals that either lose momentum, or indeed, become entirely derailed by the time March arrives - here are my pointers:
Take on board my basic principles, and they will serve you well, providing you with the best chance of maintaining this most excellent new lifestyle choice of yours. I will not wish you 'good luck' in your endeavours; it is your focus and determination which will serve you best – so, may your determination prove successful, particularly in light of these very challenging times.
As a side note, remember, it's not obligatory to have all new fitness clothing (you probably have everything you need already): keep it simple and functional...You can always treat yourself at a later time, but for now, consider putting the money towards eating healthier, good quality foods.