The cost of your decisions
It sucks that we have to wear the cost of our decisions
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a slice or a savoury with their coffee, or a cheeky beer, wine or two after work
When we get caught up in the moment, our brains salivating at the upcoming dopamine hit, we’ll justify nigh on anything
And then we live the regret afterwards.
But I eat healthily..
Having a couple of healthy eating days in the week, then pigging out on Friday or Saturday isn’t going to get you far.
Come Sunday we’re hungover, bloated wallowing in self-pity, convincing ourselves we’ll start again tomorrow, and so on goes this boom and bust cycle.
Getting back into the gym is no different.
For most of us, our decisions about which gym to join revolve around price, and the lower the better.
We score a swipe card to the cheapest gym, closest to our home or work
That’s all the catalyst we need to get started
I mean, exercise is easy right, all you have to do is turn up and jump on the gainz train
– No matter that you have no real idea what you’re doing
– No matter that your doc told you to take it easy, that your old hip injury will not tolerate hours on the treadmill or cross-trainer.
You used to go to the gym when you were 20 and you smashed it, so you’ll be fine
– Notwithstanding that was 20 or 30 years ago
– That you’ve gained 20 kgs since then and you probably haven’t lifted anything heavier than your suitcase on the way to Fiji
– That you sleep 5-6 hours a night and barely drink water during the day
And this is going to cost you.
Remember how you felt the last time you failed at achieving your goals
– The last time you bought a super cheap 24 month membership to that big gym and then never went because you got lost in the crowd and had no idea what to do, or because you hurt yourself after a couple of weeks of training every day
– The last time you went on that radical calorie-cutting diet because it worked for your best friend’s sister’s babysitter, removing everything you like to eat, but couldn’t stick to it because it was a radical calorie-cutting diet that removed everything you liked to eat.
We can only sustain so many episodes like this before we start to convince ourselves that achieving our goals isn’t for us
– Maybe I was destined to be 20 kg overweight
– Maybe being pre-diabetic is inevitable
The cost of not making the best decision for you is moving closer to this long term failure
So, if you’re currently thinking about making 2021 the year you crack your health and fitness goals, here are some things to consider
Do your research.
Make sure the place you choose to trust gets you in for a chat about you first.
You want to find a facility that’ll commit to you for the long term.
If you don’t know what you’re doing in the gym, getting some coaching is the best thing to do
– If you don’t like working out with other people, personal training is your first port of call.
– If you like the buzz of training with others, find a gym or studio that offers small group coaching(small group is less than 8 or less people to a coach).
Aiming for a small group means you’ll get coaching every time you work out.
You’re not going to achieve everything you want in the first month, probably not in the first 6 months.
Give yourself some time to grow into the success you want to see