With social media being such an ingrained and influencing part of life, while we are all scrolling Instagram, we all notice the fitness gurus, bloggers & models ruling the platform with their perfect physiques, pert button bottoms and flat stomachs! I know what that idealism, dream and pressure feels like… yes, just to remind you that I’ve been through it have a look at my own transformation pics!
I try to find people on social media who are positive role models for a realistic fitness journey & sustainable lifestyle. Women who have real natural amazing bodies just like yours, who aren’t trying to flog fitness gimmick products or fad dieting hacks, or pretend that the gym is an easy endeavour.
I am still on my own journey and will constantly set myself new fitness goals. For exampIe, I remember never being able to do a single pull up 2 years ago and with the correct weight training, strengthening my back & upper body strength over time, a tonne of practice, perseverance and progression using different methods – I can now do 3 sets of 10 pull ups and those are the hard wide ones! If I can do it, you can do it.
It’s imperative to remember that when you’re starting out on a fitness journey of your own, take SMALL STEPS towards your strength & fitness, & consider your personal goals and limitations.
As ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu stated, “A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Step.” This mindset can be applied to practically any of your sought after goals, including fitness. This particular journey can seem extremely daunting so break the habits you want to change down & begin with just one. It takes roughly 2 weeks to eliminate a bad health habit or initiating a new healthy practice to better your overall wellbeing.
A step at a time also applies to Goal Setting which is a great way to keep on track & stay motivated. Look at the bigger picture – if you know where you want to get to then you can work out how you are going to get there. When working with my clients I can then set more specific medium & short term SMART goals to help the achieve their long term goals. When times get tough in the process, remember your reasons for setting out in the first place.
Don’t rush your fitness journey, get better at exercises & habits one step at a time. Don’t look at how long it will take. Be consistent, realistic & patient. Make daily commitments in order to become better one step a time.
One workout at a time, one meal at a time, one day at a time.
Trust me – Losing weight & getting healthy isn’t easy. You won’t reach your goal overnight. So find one small step you can take today towards your goal. Small steps equal big lasting results, but only if you start taking them “one step at a time.” 🙏