If you fail to plan you plan to fail
Going to the gym and looking after my health in general has been somewhat of a good habit of mine since I was in my early teens. I was never much of a footballer at school but did enjoy a game of badminton and tennis. I find that the old adage ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ does ring true for me. Also, I find that choosing a profession which involves sitting in front of a computer screen most of the day doesn’t mix well with a sedentary lifestyle outside of work. Whether it’s taking the kids swimming, walking the dog or taking a scroll around a lake, I find that being active really does help to clear my mind. I also find that missing a session at the gym does matter as it can contribute towards the creation of a negative mindset. If I’m not looking after my body then how can I look after my business. If I don’t eat healthily (most of the time) and take regular exercise then how can I ask my children to do the same. I would be a hypocrite in doing anything other than leading by example. The main thing to remember when you’re looking at getting fit, staying fit, getting fitter, eating healthy and so on, is to make a plan and stick to it. This involves coming up with a set of goals and objectives and then making a clear and achievable plan to meet your targets. It could be as simple as running a 10k event in 3 months’ time if you can only comfortably run half a mile at present. How are you going to reach your target? By setting realistic milestones and sticking with the plan.
I do enjoy a bar of chocolate every now and again, I drink coffee, enjoy alcohol, like to have a good burger (although I will opt for the 100% gourmet variety) and love nachos and cheese. There’s been plenty in the news lately about diet and fitness tracking apps, devices such as smartphones and watches and other types of technology which can help you to achieve your goals. I’m still happy with my Android smartphone with My Fitness Pal but Apple fans may be interested in the Apple Watch. There’s just something about tracking performance and I think keeping a record of how you’re progressing can be a good habit to get into. As the months go by, you’ll start to notice the effects that your achievements are having on your health and wellbeing. Stick with your plan and embrace the changes and positive effects that come along with it.
It’s easier to destroy than it is to create
There’s another adage that I often think of – it’s easier to destroy than it is to create. I think I remember hearing the main protagonist of the Robert Rodriquez film Desperado say it. I first watched that film some time ago and have never forgotten that quote. Whenever I think of eating that extra piece of chocolate cake I remind myself of that quote. It really is mainly about mind-set. Notice how I say “that extra piece of chocolate cake” – I don’t begrudge myself of that one piece of cake as long as I work it off in the gym. But I am aware that if I do go overboard in my eating I can undo lots of good hard work. I also watch my intake of macronutrients and calories. Those who do it anyway will have learned to gauge their intake naturally so they won’t necessarily need an app. But an app can be fun to use and will usually go into lots of detail about your consumption and activity. The main purpose is to hold yourself accountable for what you eat and the exercise that you take. Remember, you are what you eat!
It’s a lifestyle thing
There are times in my life when I’ve let it slip and basically pigged out but what’s important are your overall eating habits. No-one is perfect. We’re only human. Yes those are clichés and we shouldn’t use these sayings as excuses to give in to our cravings. If you don’t currently eat that healthily and would like to get more into healthy eating then rest assured that you will begin to get into the good habit of eating good food. It really is all about what you get used to. I remember a time when I wouldn’t put any junk food at all into my mouth for a long period of time, maybe a year and when I finally had a McDonalds again it was like my body and my mind were rejecting it. It just felt wrong and tasted too “strong” for my taste buds which had become accustomed to more natural and less processed foods. You will get used to a healthier diet. Your taste buds will change over time as your new lifestyle becomes natural to you…as it becomes second nature. But my philosophy is to eat healthily “most” of the time and try not to beat myself up too much when I have an unhealthy snack. After all, I do like to have a packet of crisps, I love chocolate and I like to have a beer. It’s just a case of balancing out your lifestyle and setting realistic goals for yourself.
Written by Michael Greenwood.
Digital Marketing Director @ MyTradeTV