Keys to long term health and fitness

For many people, getting/staying healthy and fit is a painful experience.

It involves deprivation, mental challenges, and even sometimes physical pain. This is why our country continues to get less and less healthy despite more and more health resources. But what if it didn’t have to be painful? What if the process wasn’t dreadful? What if the key to long term health and fitness was some simple steps which required consistency?

With this season, the New Year, you will hear people all around you and possibly even yourself setting out resolutions to follow and you all certainly sound determined! Here is the catch: by February more than 80% of people would have given up. It takes more than a resolution, as I am sure you have heard me ranting on about before. This is why 95% of people who lose weight will regain it. It just takes more. It takes so much more than just leaning into a resolution.

Look I am not against them at all!

In fact I love it when someone takes on a new challenge with serious commitment and energy! I just really don’t like it when it isn’t followed through.

That’s what this blog post is all about, the 3 keys to a long term commitment to health and fitness.

So, let’s dive in…

Find eating and exercise methods you actually enjoy!

Wait…what!? Exercise and eating well can be fun?? ABSOLUTELY! But this only happens if you DECIDE they will be enjoyable first and foremost. Then, experiment with your eating and your workouts until you find something that hits – I promise you will! Take time figuring this out too! There is absolutely no time restraint or deadline!

Focus on managing your sleep and stress

If it ever feels like you’re doing everything right when it comes to food and exercise and the fluff still isn’t budging, chances are you’ve neglected these critical areas. Have a look at previous blog posts if these two are something you struggle with.

Get regular accountability

If you’re disciplined enough, you could simply conduct your own check ins every 2-4 weeks, but usually the support of a coach is necessary for staying on track. We all know we need that voice over our shoulder keeping us going in the right direction and veering us to different places when needed.

If you’ve been struggling for a while and you know you need some guidance and support to stick with your fitness and nutrition once and for all so you can have a body and health you’re proud – follow these tips which can be the key to long term health and fitness. And stay tuned for next weeks blog post.

Izzy

Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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