Fitness success is not a linear journey

Fitness success is not a linear journey

You've probably seen something like the image here. Success - what you think it looks like... and what it actually looks like.

What most people don't realise, though, is that this same thing applies to your health and fitness as well! 

Your fitness journey isn't just a straight line!

Have you ever been sick? Injured? Too tired to go to the gym? These are all prime examples of how you can't expect to have things go perfectly all of the time. Most people experience some sort of setback, but they keep going. Now, what if you see these setbacks as fatal rather than temporary? Well, you'll be less likely to keep going forward.

Why does this matter, though?

It matters because getting fit and healthy is a largely psychological journey. If we're not driven enough by a goal, we won't try our hardest to achieve it! This also goes the opposite way, though: if we think everything has to be perfect in order to accomplish a goal, we'll give up rather than do our best. If we do our best, we'll still accomplish much more than if we quit. 

So what can we do about it?

The best thing we can do is rearrange our mindset on how we perceive setbacks. I often tell clients that you don't have to be perfect 100% of the time, because there will be a crash and burn. If you're doing the right stuff 80% to 90% of the time, it leaves enough room to be human, while also moving forward towards your goals!

Don't beat yourself up too much.

I can't stress this enough! You need room to breathe when you're looking to accomplish anything, or to change deep-rooted habits. But too much room, and we don't change anything; too much, and we fall back into our old ways. There has to be balance, but most importantly, you have to utilise a sustainable plan! If you can't sustain something, it won't last. It seems obvious, but people sprint without realising that it's a marathon. You're in this thing for the long haul: adjust accordingly!

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Yours in health, 

Coach Klaud

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