Fit Tip: Overcoming obstacles

It’s tough to find a person who doesn’t want to improve some level of their health or fitness. Some people think about making these types of changes for months, years, and decades at a time without getting anywhere. There are of course others who can achieve great transformational changes in their lives. What is the difference between those who can and can’t make positive and lasting change? It’s the ability to overcome obstacles.

Many of the people who aren’t successful in improving their health and fitness often state that some life situation isn’t right, or they are too busy right now, or too much is going on to devote the time. They are waiting for a moment in which the stars will align and everything in their lives will allow them to achieve the goals they want. The only downside to this type of thinking is that it’s completely false. There will never be a “right” time to do anything and situations will never be perfect. People who are successful in their fitness goals do so even with obstacles in their way. Situations are never perfect, but this can be used to your advantage. You won’t get fit despite the obstacles in your life, but because of them. Use them to inspire and motivate you. How can we overcome obstacles in our life and improve our health and fitness? We have to change our perspective. Here are a few tips on how to do that.

  • Assess where you are realistically and start with small but powerful changes. Find a positive change that you can do daily and begin that very day. It can be as small as eating a serving of vegetables with one of your daily meals or it can be a 30 minute walk. It doesn’t matter where you start. It just has to be the right change for you.
  • Half empty or half full? When assessing your own fitness levels, don’t think about the glass being half empty or half full. Instead, think about what’s inside the glass. This will help you have a realistic sense of where you are at a given time. Use that as a launching pad for positive growth.
  • Control what you can and let go of everything else. There will always be obstacles in the way of achieving your goals. You may have a business dinner at an unhealthy restaurant or your child may be sick which doesn’t let you workout that day. Don’t fret about issues outside of your control, but instead empower yourself to control what you can. Make the healthiest choice possible at the restaurant and workout quickly at home if you can’t get outside or to a gym.
  • Making time. A common excuse to not reaching fitness goals is not having enough time for it. Yet, we have time to eat three meals a day, spend time with our families, sleep at night, and even watch our favorite TV shows. How did we have time for that? We made it a must-do, non-negotiable activity. Fitness must be the same. It’s not something to do if there is time left over, it has to become a priority.
  • Fear of failure. A huge obstacle in many of our endeavors is fear. This is very pronounced when we are achieving any fitness goal. Fear of failing during training for an athletic event or any fitness goal holds a lot of people back. A great way to overcome this is to focus on the process of fitness and not the end result. Be proud of each day of training and every step that you take to get more fit. The end result will come if you work on it little by little, one day and one workout at a time. 

Vlad Klipinitser of Fitness Together Lake Forest offers these tips in a weekly Fit Tip blog to help get people moving and motivated toward a healthier lifestyle. 

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