Make It Easy
Each Lockdown has been getting harder, with people losing more motivation each time. With things getting cancelled all the time it is hard to stay motivated. We plan, make the effort to put something in place, only then to have it cancelled.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Yes, fitness is like this too. I’m all for hard work when appropriate. But if you’re looking to succeed, we want to do everything possible to make it easy for you to act. Particularly during Lockdown.
5 Ways To “Easify” Success
1) Reduce “Activation Energy” - This is a fancy term that basically means doing whatever you can to make it easier to “start” your planned fitness activity.
The classic example is sleeping in your gym clothes if you struggle to work out in the morning. This could also mean a well-planned grocery trip where you stock up on the items you need and don’t find yourself suddenly missing a key ingredient. 'Ok I'll settle for pizza then'
2) Choose Activities You Like - This is a tried and true solution. It’s a lot easier to keep up with your fitness routine if you actually like what you’re doing and it's social.
While I’m all for considering what’s optimal for your goals, sometimes you’re better off doing a less-than-optimal activity because you genuinely think it’s fun, you catch up with friends and you’re more likely to do it.
For instance, many forms of yoga may not be the very best modality for fat loss. But by all means, if you love it, you should factor that in when choosing your fitness adventures!
3) Eat Healthy Foods You Actually Like - Want to make it easy to pick a healthy option for dinner? Build a menu of go-to meals you are genuinely excited about eating.
For most people, particularly those that are new to cooking, it may take you time to develop your personal repertoire through trial and error. That’s ok! Well worth the investment of a few a months, as time spent on this bucket will pay you health returns for the rest of your life.
Once you know the items required, it’s simply a matter of planning in advance and picking up the ingredients to have them handy (see Point #1).
4) Set Up Barriers That Make It Harder To Veer Away From Your Plans - This is the inversion of point #1. It’s much harder to eat pizza for dinner if you have to leave your home and go to the shop to buy them, so don't keep them in the freezer.
For a lot of people not having temptation in your home will be 80% of success. However, you may be living with loved ones who want to keep some chips handy. No prob! Simply storing them in an out-of-sight, semi-annoying place (think back of a pantry).
5) Create Accountability - This can look like all kinds of things. It could be a set workout time you’ve committed to in advance (like Fit Gym small group personal training). It could be working with a nutrition coach who’s going to check in on you (ie.Fit Gym Nutrition Coaching). It could be finding a community of fellow fitness conscious humans who will notice if you’re not there and check in on you.
Making a commitment to another human being will provide some useful tension to your personal integrity: doing the thing you said you were going to do when you said you’re going to do it.
We all know there’s no such thing as a magic pill. Achieving success always requires some work. Some discipline will be necessary.
On the other hand, there’s no glory in needlessly overtaxing your willpower when we can set ourselves up for success in advance.
Or at the very least, making it as easy as possible to behave in line with your goals.
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