What Could Be Stopping You From Getting Fit

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There’s a lot of misconceptions about what it takes to get fit. Some would argue – and they wouldn’t be wrong – that genetics play a part. Sure they do. If your parents look like they belong on a model runway, you’re probably going to have an advantage (it won’t make the process easier though). Others would say it takes too much time and a few additional people might chime in that you need to open up the wallet to really see those abs.

Again, these things aren’t necessarily wrong. Look for a cheap personal trainer and you’ll get poor results. Nothing shocking there. But there’s one thing that people are missing out on when it comes to getting fit. And it doesn’t have anything to do with exercise selection or some magic pill.

What we’re talking about here is managing your priorities. All my personal training clients that have gotten great results have done so because they made their fitness a priority. Granted, the right training program will accelerate those results, but it all starts with the passion to be your very best. Spark that passion, and you’ll create a lifestyle that allows you to get fit.

This may rub people the wrong way, but everyone has time to workout. Now, you may not be able to spend 12 hours a week in the gym, but no one’s arguing that you need to. But when it’s believed that the average American watches four hours of television a day, the whole “I don’t have any time” argument is going to the wayside.

How exactly do you manage your priorities? Psychologist Dr. Albert Bandura, author of the book Influencer, tells us that change is all about two simple questions:

  1. Is it worth it?
  2. Can I do this?

If your answer to number one is “no,” then you don’t need to waste any of your time in the gym. If it’s not important you, it’s clearly not a priority. But if it is, you have something to work with.  Again, the underlying message here is an innate desire to get in shape overrides a lot of obstacles.

Your answers to number 1 and number 2 basically mean that you have to do a juggling act of your priorities. Now here’s the thing: when it comes to getting in shape, most people want their cake and eat it too. This means that they want a six pack but don’t want to change anything in their life. No one’s saying that you need to do a complete overhaul and become a gym hermit. But you have to be realistic about your lifestyle as well. Here are the major things that mess people up:

  1. You’ll need to workout 3- 5 hours a week.
  2. You probably need 30 minutes every 4-5 days to grill some proteins (chicken, lean beef, etc) and chop veggies
  3. Plan on grocery shopping 1-2 times a week
  4. Staying up past 11 pm every night will be a problem

On paper, it sounds easy but you’d be surprised how many people struggle with these things. If you’re very social – with a life full of birthday parties and gatherings – you’re going to have to say “NO” to a few of them here and there. You’ll also fall behind on your favorite TV show, but there are worst things you could suffer through.

You’ll be surprised how ingrained your habits are. If you’ve spent the last 10 years staying up till 1am, getting to bed by 10pm is like ice skating uphill. But if fitness is a priority, you’ll also be astonished that going to bed fifteen minutes earlier every week can completely change your life in a year.

They key here is to develop a lifestyle of consistency. Then you develop a pattern of getting your workouts in, not missing meals and that’s when you see results. It comes not from stroke of luck but simply managing your priorities.

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