It is a common to feel a bit of shame and regret when you fall off track with your diet and training. We’re all human and emotions play a significant role in our lives.
However, for a lot of people falling off track seems to be the end of the journey, it’s almost as if it’s an excuse not to take action anymore.
The real “secret” to building a great body, mastering your nutrition and health is your skill of bouncing back and restarting as fast as possible. No one on this planet has gone through the journey without falling off the path at some point.
The very thing that separates people who fail to change long term and those who crush it long term is their bounce back ability. It comes down to your ability to forget the past, eliminate the self-shaming, remove the judgment, understand that what’s done is done and just go back on the journey.
This journey isn’t a quick fix or something you’re supposed to do for a few months, and then magic happens.
When it comes to your body and health, it’s either you use it, or you lose it. Fitness marketing and the media loves to give finite dates and times for transformations, and they like to give specific outcomes as a way to get you to buy programs and supplements.
Unfortunately, the body doesn’t work like that. There are no guarantees that even if you do everything right that you’ll get the wanted outcome in the exact time frame you imagined.
And the journey is not linear despite what the magazine wants you to believe. You’ll fall off track, life will happen, things will come up, and that’s perfectly reasonable.
You can expect that to happen, and it should happen. Fitness isn’t the only thing in your life, and there are other equally important things. A few weeks or months of inconsistency are nothing compared to a lifetime of training and managing your health.
Don’t get fooled by quick-fix promises, the journey lasts until you die. Your body is a tool and the tool needs tuning up. It needs fuel to operate properly, and it requires movement. The body is an efficient mechanism. It’s either using it or losing it.
Your body is overloaded with information stored and will discard and prune anything it doesn’t use, whether it’s your muscle mass, specific skills and even simple information you’ve once had no problem recalling.
The habits you started for your training and nutrition that took you to a goal you once had will be the things you’ll have to keep doing to hold onto those results. For those who want better results from working out and keep improving the physique – it’s going to require not only what you already know but learning more.
It’s about improvement both physically and mentally. The game never ends.
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About the author:
Wilfred Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, PT & Weight Loss Consultant with a passion for helping people actualize their health & fitness goals. He is also a content writer for Forbes, Medical Daily & The Independent UK.