TAKING IT BACK
September 3, 2010 | In: General Nutrition
By Marc Megna CSCS
Have you ever found yourself sitting on the couch thinking its time to get in shape? You’ve graduated from late night college partying, to late business dinners & drinks several nights a week. You walk over to mirror and take a good look at yourself and try to convince yourself that you’re not that out of shape. Then reality sets in, you suddenly realize you are out of shape and a new healthier lifestyle is long over due.
If you are like many of my clients you’ve had your moment where it’s hit you like a slap in the face and you are ready to make a change. Some people to decide that they are going to get up and go for that morning run. Some switch from burritos to healthy salads, and do their best to mimic the latest training program they’ve seen in that latest fitness magazine. While this is a noble attempt to a healthier lifestyle, don’t forget as they say in war, “The best plan changes when the first bullet is fired.”
For instance, what happens when there’s an open bar with coworkers after a productive week at work? You visit your Italian family and the table is loaded with your favorite indulgences? This is what we call the first bullet and no one goes to war without being equipped with the best weapons. If you really want to make the change for a healthy lifestyle, step one is putting yourself in a position to be successful. A friend of mine calls it learning how to “Shimmy and Shake.” Learn how to navigate around these landmines. If it’s the bar, refrain and only have drinks one of the four nights you go out. Or learn your healthier drink options. If it’s the family feast, exercise moderation and make sure you get great workouts in before and after the meal.
If you truly want to succeed at a healthier life you must surround yourself with people who are like-minded. Do this by seeking out a committed running partner or a friend who will really push you in the weight room. These are two priceless companions that will help you get to your goal much faster. Make sure to find people who are a little better shape than you are, that way you have to work harder to keep up. You can also gain by learning different techniques from your new workout partner.
In summary, the most crucial step is acknowledging that your health has slipped and you want to make a change. In order to make that change you must make a commitment and hold yourself accountable. Remember to anticipate obstacles and have an immediate action plan. Lastly, don’t forget that two are stronger than one. Having a workout partner means you will have to be accountable to show up on time, work hard, and stay committed. Make the change, take the first step, and reclaim your health TODAY!!!