As a fitness / health professional, I’m sick and tired of hearing people treat their health or weight loss with an all or nothing approach. I’m so over the need to be extreme in either being fit or being a bum, in being a clean eater or a daily fast food consumer.
Our society has created a standard that to be healthy means having very low body fat, spending hours and hours in the gym everyday, preparing meals and feeling guilty after cheat meals every week. And if you’re not doing all that, then you’re not fit or getting fit.
Thanks to this false information, I now have to deal with convincing people that even a little effort counts in improving health and fitness. I have to remove the fear of giving up their livelihood so that they dare to approach a healthier lifestyle. (Big surprise…most people don’t want to spend all day in a concrete box filled with iron, sweat and egos.)
If drinking one less soda a day was the difference it took to stop you from developing diabetes, is that one tiny thing very small? NO!
If going on a 15 minute walk everyday was the one thing to stop you from getting a heart attack, does it not count? OF COURSE IT DOES!
So why are people still approaching their health in such an illogical fashion? We have to do the best we can and be proud of it! If you’re passionate about something you don’t avoid pursuing it because you can’t do it perfectly, you do the best you can with what you got and work towards it. It should be the same for your health.
How many times have you started a fitness regiment of working out everyday and eating a certain diet? Diving in full force because deep down you really really want to improve yourself. You commit yourself to everything you’re supposed to do, no matter how much it hurts and tortures you (and sometimes doesn’t work for you).
Then you give a little… and have that one cookie or that one fast food trip and suddenly your whole effort comes crumbling down because your one chocolate chip cookie turned into 3 plates of pasta and raspberry cheesecake after the fried chicken and biscuits. In your mind, you were defeated by your diet, by health and fitness.
People, stop building the task of being healthy up to be this huge monster that you have to fight everyday! Exercise, movement, real food and rest are things that we are supposed to have. They are literally vital for our wellbeing so quit looking at it like a chore. They aren’t things we have to fight, they are things that help us live!
Every little step you take towards the direction of improving your life counts. Take every little win along the way without worrying about being the perfect fit and healthy person. Take 15 minute walks everyday, cut 1 thing out of your diet that is unhealthy, commit to 1 trip to the gym a week, etc. Start small, win, and keep winning. These little things all add up and over time you will see and feel the difference.
p.s. I’m running a FREE 4-week program that starts May 15th 2017 called #Fittingin15 that is focused on helping women realise that just 15 minutes a day can make a difference in their improvement on health and fitness. We will be doing 15 minute workouts through the program and nutritional tools to help you busy ladies reach your weight loss goals. There are a limited number of spots for this program due to the amount of interaction and me only having 24 hours in a day so make sure you register now. Click here to register.
Author: Cari Li
The Co-Founder of The Good Curves and Owner of CoachCariLi.com, an online Lifestyle Coaching company focused in women’s fat loss solutions. She has a huge passion for enabling women to find ways to live their happiest and healthiest life through simple lifestyle changes. Her love for travel has allowed her to gain a special perspective on life that she enjoys sharing with the many women she meets along the way as she strives to improve the lives of women everywhere.