“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make one great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~ Old Chinese Proverb
I like how this quote relates to making changes in fitness. Too often, I see people who want to make a change and want the change now.
IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT.
Change takes time. Regardless of what it is. When it comes to fitness, it takes time. Small steps towards your goal will be key.
How many of your friends have said they want to get in shape for 2017 and have already stopped going to the gym? Or even worse, never even started? Chances are you know someone like that or you are like that. I get it. It’s tough to manage life, time, working out, and eating right.
Some people make the decision and say, “That’s it, I’m getting in shape!” Then you see them signing up for the gym, reading everything on the internet about how to get in shape, and committing to working out every day while eating right. Then 1 or 2 weeks later they are right back to where they were before. Why? Because it is very hard to make life changes like that all at once. It sounds good and if followed will actually work, but just like life, we have to mess up and learn how to manage and deal with many things.
Things like – working out, eating right, time management, contingency plans for food, and workouts to name a few.
Some people don’t even start working out because the challenge of getting into shape seems very daunting. They feel so out of shape and at times, hopeless.
This is where small steps play a huge roll in moving in the right direction. The best process to making change is to start with one or two small steps. Then, once those become habit, add another couple of steps.
It might look something like this.
- Take fish oil everyday
- Cut Soda out
- Get 2 workouts in during the week
If we are successful there in weeks 3 and 4:
- Add another workout so now you are at 3 a week
- Eat healthy dinners throughout the week
If we can manage that, in weeks 5 and 6 you can:
- Add another healthy meal thought out the day (Breakfast or Lunch)
- If your ready and feel like you can handle it, add another workout
Then you just go about this process. Add or subtract habits over a 2-3 week time frame. If you mess up or start to feel stressed out about it, cut something out. Take something out in reverse order. Just keep going until you find something that works for you.
Next thing you know your life habits will have changed. The best part about it is that you will have done it at a pace that is manageable and easier to sustain.