Why health and fitness are more than a New Years Resolution
New Year resolutions- what have they ever done for you? Probably jack all. Like a freshly cracked can of RedBull they get you all hyped up then let you fall into a sticky sugar low and wing off into oblivion. The truth is there are a thousand ways you can lose weight temporarily, some more healthily than others. Same goes for fitness. Anyone can fork out for a swanky gym membership, but the trick to getting, results you have to go. Shocking I know. But the reason many seem to fail is because of an even bigger truth- that health and fitness take time, attention and dedication much more attention than your garden-variety resolution.
Yes! Health takes time, attention and dedication which are about as sexy as Borat’s mankini. But if you want to live an extraordinary life, then you must realise the time, money and effort you put into looking after your health and wellbeing are going to be the best you have ever spent. For as unattractive as time and effort are, there is nothing less sexy than someone who doesn’t give a sh*t about their body (inside and out- they are one in the same). Some may call it vanity; I say it’s having a sense of self-worth.
Fitness and health are not a ‘sometimes’, they are an ‘always’ –and they are not your half assed attempt at a new year’s resolution. Extraordinary people know the true value of health- you can’t kick ass if your nursing a hangover, or a food baby for that matter.
To have the sort of health which shines from the inside out, you need to visualise yourself differently. You can’t keep on seeing yourself like the person who goes on health kicks only to drown themselves in molten chocolate lava cakes 3 weeks later and expect to get results.
You need to start behaving like the person who gives a damn about their body. You need to actually see yourself as a fit and healthy person. This means eating well, getting your sweat on regularly and getting to bed on time. It also means investing time in personal growth, challenging yourself and being an example to other people. Because before this shift in self-perception happens, there is no diet plan or exercise regime that can save you and the $200 you spent on that detox pack may as well been sprinkled from the top of a high building.
So while disappointment often ensues I won’t hand out a piece of paper with a list of things to eat to make you skinnier or more buff. There is a bit more to success than that. If it’s a skimpy New Year’s resolution then you're wasting your time- there you are, I said it. Before you get onto dot pointing ‘lose weight’ and ‘get fit’ onto your list this year, ask yourself if it’s actually what you want. If you like partying every weekend more than a flat tummy then at least you're being honest with yourself and that 6 week resolution is better than nothing. But if being the person who oozes health appeal is what you're aiming for, then make time for bigger plans and give your body the attention, as well as the results, it deserves.