Simple Solutions

Is fitness always a goal but never a success? Here are some simple solutions to conquer fitness once and for all.

Another year comes to an end, and, needless to say, most people have struggled in one way or another this past year. Whether it was financial, physical, emotional, or other, you have made it through. Without sounding cliché, 2010 brings a new opportunity to regain some lost ground, so I would like to provide you with some simple solutions in an effort to help you accomplish any and everything you set out to do this year.

 Before I get to that, however, I would like to reflect for a moment. I feel that many of us have encountered struggles to help us get back on track with the basic needs of life. Hopefully we have all taken time to reflect on how truly blessed and fortunate we are to have what we have in all, finances, family and freedom. With that said I encourage you to really assess your "goals" as you write them down here in a few short days.

Make a List

Write down your goals. Doing this will give you a constant reference point to reflect upon when times get tough.

Change Your Mindset

It is nearly impossible to achieve any goal with a poor mental attitude. Too often we sabotage our efforts by saying things like, "I'm fat because my family is fat," or "I always gain the weight back anyway."  Stop this behavior for your own good. A great book (free online) is As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen. Read it weekly; it will revolutionize the way you think.

Have Fun

Don't go into any goal with a 100%, all or nothing, attitude. This will only frustrate you into not enjoying the process. It's all about enjoying the process as much as the result. Be sure to keep tabs on this site as we plan to bring you fun alternatives to traditional exercise protocols that may have let you down in the past.

Don't Believe Everything You See or Read

Infomercials, magazine ads, false claims and hyped celebrity endorsements, most often, will only let you down. While there are a few that actually work (if you work them) most are hype and cannot produce the results they promise. That is precisely why they have that disclaimer printed very small at the bottom of the screen, "results not typical."

Love Yourself Now

Nothing will change if you do not appreciate the unique and special person you are right this very minute. You have value in life, and weight cannot change that. Yes, you may feel and look better, but loving yourself now is the best way to engage in a healthy fitness regimen.

Start Slow

This is similar to point number 3, but it is worth repeating. Go slow and do not change everything overnight. This almost never works. Make subtle changes, and gradually increase your commitment to your program. 

Get A Partner

Accountability in life is what helps us succeed in any endeavor. Find a like-minded and committed partner and you will greatly increase your odds of success. 

Make Smart Choices

On January 1st don't just go running off, joining a gym, buying a machine or treadmill, or hiring the first trainer you meet. Make educated, well thought out, and permanent decisions that will last. The last thing you need is another wasted investment.

Family Affair

 As best as you can, include your family in on the activities, meals and other healthy choices you make. You will have more fun, create special bonds and greatly improve the quality of life of everyone in your home.

Be Realistic

You may never be a fitness model or grace the cover of a fashion magazine and you may not want to. But understand your genetic potential and work within those guidelines. If you do come from a "fat" family you may never fit a size 6 or have a 30" inch waist, but who really cares? Honestly, that should not be your focus . . . your focus should be a healthier life of quality-- not a six-pack or a tight butt.

I'll be posting much more content like this so stick around. I wish you all the best this holiday season and a very prosperous New Year.

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    Clark Bartram (clarkbartram)

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