The truth is that health and fitness really isn’t that complicated at all. Don’t get me wrong, just because it isn’t complicated doesn’t mean that changing behaviours and habits that we have built and reinforced over many years will be easy.
One of the main reasons I believe that people struggle to stick to their fitness and health goals is because they tend to overcomplicate things. So I thought I would set out a few scenarios in which people tend to make things overly complex and what to do instead:
- Trying to do too much at once. The most common example of this are people who haven’t trained in a while (or at all) who then set as a goal going to the gym 5-6 days a week. Typically they will burn themselves out and find it even harder to motive themselves to get back into the gym.
- The solution: remember its a marathon not a spring. Focus instead on making small sustainable changes. Following on from the above example instead of starting out going 5-6 days a week start with 3 and build up from there.
- Worrying about things that don’t really matter. Way too often I’ve heard clients and friends concern themselves with things such as what the best time to train is or what the best food to lose weight is.
- The solution: focus instead on what suits you and your lifestyle best. Think about what training time and approach to nutrition will allow you to be consistent in the long-term. Forcing yourself to train at a time that doesn’t suit you or eat foods you don’t enjoy makes you less likely to be consistent and stick to your goals in the long term.
- Following an approach to nutrition which is overly restrictive. Following on from the above point people tend not only to eat foods that they dislike but also to eat in a manner which is overly restrictive. The most prominent consequence of this is binge-eating and creating an unhealthy relationship with food.
- The solution: choose an approach to nutrition which you enjoy, which suits your lifestyle and most importantly one that you can see yourself sticking to years from now.
- Placing too much importance on supplements. There is definitely a time and place for supplements, but for the majority of people they aren’t a necessary component in achieving health and fitness goals.
- The solution: remember that the main components in achieving your fitness goals (be they fat-loss, building muscle or improving strength) are to ensure that training, nutrition and recovery are on point.
- Not being patient. Far too often people are too quick to give up on their goals because things aren’t happening at a speed that they would like. They either give up or constantly change between training plans and nutrition styles without really giving any of them time to take effect.
- The solution: you didn’t get to where you are overnight so you aren’t going to get to where you want to be overnight either. Achieving your goal will take time and it certainly won’t be a linear journey. However, the time will pass either way so you may as well spend it doing something productive.
Just some food for thought