It’s that time of year when, despite the best of intentions and steely grit to get fit again, you start to feel yourself slipping. The 5-mornings-a-week exercise regime and Sunday arvo food prepping are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, and life is getting so busy… oh so busy. Here’s how to stop the slide and get back on track.
First of all, don’t ever think you are a failure or that you are failing. Making changes to your life are difficult for anybody. We love to stick with the norm — with what we are used to. It’s an evolutionary trait and it’s designed to protect us. So take it as a good thing.
“If you’re feeling yourself slip back into old habits; like old priorities are taking precedence, you might be self-sabotaging yourself.”
If you’re finding yourself sliding; like old demands are taking back priority, and you just can’t find time for your new and improved self, reconnect with why you...
Running is one of the best forms of exercise. So why don’t more people do it? Many people say they don’t like running and I believe this is because they simply don’t know “how to run”. So let me show you how.
I’ve been a runner for a long time. I love running. I got into running when I was 13 to lose some weight. It was right around the time I started high school and appearance all of a sudden became very important.
"Running is one of the greatest forms of exercise you can do. And it’s relatively cheap — all you need are a decent pair of runners."
Running is great because it is relatively cheap to do. All you need is a pair of runners. I’ve always preferred the isolation of the activity — to be by myself, with my thoughts; almost as if it’s a type of meditation. But running can also be very social.
I started because we lived right next to an oval. It was easy for me to walk out the back gate and run some...
The ability to exert self-control is considered a fundamental trait of people who are successful. It has been a long held view since Walter Mischel’s marshmallow experiments of the 1960s that people who can exercise self-control at will must possess some kind of super-power.
Self-control, or discipline as it is more commonly referred to by people who sense they lack it, is a learned skill. Like a muscle, self-control can be developed to essentially unlimited levels. But is a strong ability to exert self-control a good thing? New research suggests not.
"Developing your discipline muscle and practicing self-control is important. We should all do it. But we also need to know when to give it a rest and cut yourself some slack."
Most of our current understanding of self-control comes from the work of Walter Mischel’s marshmallow experiments of the 1960’s. I learnt about these experiments when I was studying psychology at university and, with...
While out for a run recently, I realised I’ve been going about goal setting all wrong. Like many, I’d set goals like “lose x number of kilos in x amount of time”, or “run x distance in x amount of time”. It was all about the result.
As many of us do, I over-indulged over the Christmas break and wanted to lose a few kilos and get back to the healthier-version of myself I’ve become quite fond of. One of my preferred types of exercise is running, so I downloaded the Nike Run Club app and signed up for the 60k challenge — to run 60km in the next month. Unwittingly, I’d changed the way I would set goals forever.
"Don’t focus on the scoreboard, focus on the process."
Goal setting isn’t so much about achieving the target as it is about moving towards being the person you want to be, and living the life you want to live. Whether you achieve the target or not really is irrelevant. The target merely gives you direction.
And so it begins … again! Another year rolls around and we start it full of hope, anticipation and a steely desire to ensure that it’s not like the last. “This one’s going to be better. This one’s going to be the best. This is my year!” But how do we make 2019 our best year ever?
For the past five or so years, I’ve been making incremental changes to my life. It all started with a plan. I got clear on what I want and I started moving towards that. It’s been slow. So slow that if I don’t look up and smell the roses, I might not recognise how much it’s improved. But it certainly has improved. As I learn from each year and take deliberate action, each year becomes better than the last.
Self-improvement is not a choice, it’s a necessity.
Failing to take deliberate action and improve upon your life every year is like never doing any maintenance. Whether it’s a garden, a house, a car, or a yacht, if you don’t...
The New Year often starts full of hope, anticipation and excitement. We are often more motivated than ever to finally conquer that area of our life we’ve felt like we haven’t had control over for some time. But hope and desire alone isn’t enough. We need a plan.
I’ve been following the same annual fitness plan for some time now. It’s not perfect. Nothing ever is. I need to amend it at times and I’m certainly always improving it. But I feel as though the small changes I’ve made for 2019 bring it very close. In fact, I’ve found this plan to be so effective that it sets the foundation for every area of my life.
So here it is! My Ultimate 2019 Fitness Planning Calendar. Follow this calendar to reduce your risk of injury, fatigue or plateau, and enhance your fitness to greater levels than ever before.
Use this time to get back into your exercise regime. If you’re new to...
Many of the healthy eating guidelines we grew up with are slowly going by the wayside. From eating three meals a day to consuming a diet of mostly grains, as new research arises, we are starting to eat differently. Although much of these recommendations still persist, many people are experiencing greater health from turning their back on these guidelines.
I’m one who followed these old healthy eating guidelines for much of my adolescent sporting life. However, I was constantly tired and my weight would fluctuate depending on how much training I was doing. When I changed what and how I ate, all this went away.
"When you eat nutritious foods, you don’t need to eat as much, or as often."
In 2014, I got real sick. I went to see a naturopath after seeing several doctors. The naturopath suggested I give up gluten and this was the beginning of this whole new way of eating for me. My diet went from the usual high proportion of grains; with some vegetables, lean meats, fruits and...
Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. Yoga made its way to the Western world in the late 1800’s but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that it really became popular.
Yoga initially became popular in Western society for its system of movement, and deep meditative and spiritual core. Westerners also started seeing for themselves, just how beneficial yoga could be for their health. Just ask any “yogi”.
"...yoga isn’t limited to the body when it comes to flexibility."
As yoga has continued to grow, and the claims for its benefits widen, Western science has been asking why. There are a plethora of studies in peer-reviewed journals that exist now, demonstrating the proven benefits of yoga. Here are just some of the thousands of articles for the most common benefits.
Imagine if you could wave a magical wand and wallah, you were living the life you’ve always dreamed of. That’s what challenges allow you to do. Challenges have become incredibly popular; particularly in the health and fitness industry, and particularly in Australia.
Challenges speak to peoples desire to challenge themselves. But more than that, their specific timeframe allows people to feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And when it comes to motivation, that is an incredibly important distinction that needs to be made.
"5-day challenges are an amazing way to kickstart any new habit."
Motivation is one characteristic that many people feel as though they lack. And motivation to repeat a given behaviour develops as you experience pleasure from an experience. But if you’re not experiencing pleasure, or worse, you’re experiencing pain, of course you’re going to feel unmotivated. Challenges give you a system to experience pleasure. And...
We all know they mean well. They encourage you from the sidelines; proud of you for what you’re doing and what you’ve achieved so far. They may be sitting on the couch eating donuts and watching Netflix, but that’s okay; this is for you. And maybe your changes will lead to a desire in them to make some positive changes too.
I’ve seen it all too often. The person who finally, after years of physical and emotional pain, finally decides to do something about it and starts a new health kick — overhauling their diet and training every day. But then that loving partner, starting to miss “the good ol’ days”, but still wanting to look out for you, starts offering you one of those donuts, insists they’re not that bad for you in moderation, and in fact they’re good for you, or questions why you’re listening to all these strangers. What do you do? You haven’t felt this good about yourself for years.
"Often when you finally...
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