Getting in leaner and stronger is something that many people hope will happen from going to the gym and eating “healthier”. There are others however who know that to achieve a body they desire, they will have to make sacrifices, some changes in lifestyle and they’ll have to make it a priority in their life.
Take a minute to think about the amount of times you’ve tried to get in shape. I can guarantee that you’ve tried to fit it in, and all too often you’ve lost focus without any structure and quit before you’ve seen any kind of real results as it’s not been a priority!!
Those of you who have children will probably jump around at me for saying this, but you do have to place getting in shape right up there in line with looking after you’re your family.
Now when I talk about getting in shape, I’m not talking about going to the gym to lose a few pounds for holiday which will inevitably go back on. I’m talking about the people who say they really want a new body and a healthier lifestyle. They say they want the body, but they’re really just not prepared to place it right up there as a priority.
Most men have about 5 top priorities. Family (including children), work, relationships, hobbies and friends (social life). These are always going to take precedence over anything else, that’s unless you change the order and make some conscious changes to your current lifestyle.
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You plan to go to the gym and your colleagues invite you out for a drink. Your top 5 priority list doesn’t include the gym, in fact it gets pushed to the back of the queue, so you go for drinks. On the other hand, what if you had getting in shape as either the top or second priority in your life? I can guarantee you’ll go to the gym then and build momentum without so much of life’s distractions.
You must arrange your priority list as you will find sticking to your goal so much easier. What really works with our clients at Lean Body is scheduling in their sessions and treating it with seriousness as a work meeting or somewhere where you have to be. If children are always number one, then, of course, you will think of them first. But health and exercise can be second on the list, and you will fit it in when you’ve done with your children. Placing social life before the gym will always mean that the coffee morning or drink at the pub, will take priority.
You might think this is way too serious but I can promise you that nearly every successful athlete and client that I have coached, placed their health and getting in shape as a major priority in their life. I always sit down with my clients and review their priory list. If we need to move things around, we do. If you haven’t assessed your own priority list, take a few minutes to do so. If you can’t place training and getting in shape right up there in the top 3, you will struggle to ever see the results you’re hoping for and will end up on the hamster wheel.