Hey there, my rogue retirees! It's your neighborhood fitness friend, John Aaron, here to help you on your journey overcoming setbacks to living a healthier lifestyle.
This time, I want to address how to make things easier for you to reach and maintain your health and fitness goals when you're an adult over the age of forty. And one big way to do that is by eliminating the things that are hindering your progress.
So, let's begin with a quick list of six things you can stop doing right now, so you can start seeing results ASAP! Sound good? Let's dive in!
Overcoming Setbacks Rule #1: Stop aiming too high, too soon.
Now, I understand the desire to shed those extra 20 pounds in just a few weeks or run a marathon in a couple of months, but let's be real here. Those goals, even in your 20's, can be daunting and lead to frustration. Plus, it's just not realistic!
Instead, set smaller, manageable targets that will fuel your progress in the long-term. And if you're struggling in this area, don't hesitate to seek help from an experienced health coach or personal trainer. They can give you the guidance you need.
Overcoming Setbacks Rule #2: Stop comparing yourself to others.
Look, it's perfectly fine to draw inspiration from others, but please don't let their progress define your worth. Besides, you never know what it truly took for them to reach their goals. Your journey is unique, my friend. Own it and celebrate every step of your progress.
Overcoming Setbacks Rule #3: Stop over-restricting your diet.
Now, I get it. Eliminating entire food groups, skipping meals, or dusting off those old fad diets that worked for you when you were younger may seem tempting, but trust me, it's not the way to go.
Let's be real, eliminating entire food groups or skipping meals is not only discouraging, but it can also lead to cravings, fatigue, and a serious lack of motivation. Instead, aim for a balanced and enjoyable menu that supports your overall health and well-being. Life's too short to deprive yourself of the good stuff!
Overcoming Setbacks Rule #4: Stop navigating without a plan.
Listen, my friend, if you want to save yourself time and effort, you've got to have a game plan. It's like trying to find your way in a new city without a map. You'll end up going in circles.
So, If you want to succeed, you need to have a game plan in place. Otherwise, you're left guessing how to reach your goal. And at our age, we don't have time to waste on guesswork. No more guesswork, my friend!
Overcoming Setbacks Rule #5: Stop your short-term vision.
Sure, being fit for that upcoming vacation or event is fantastic, but staying in shape for the long haul is even better. Let's shift our focus to your long-term health, shall we? Avoid the exhausting cycle of temporary fitness and consider the benefits your future self will enjoy.
Overcoming Setbacks Rule #6: Stop isolating yourself.
Lastly, stop deceiving yourself, my friend. We all need support in our lives. Don't try to go it alone.
Having a strong support network or a caring, trustworthy coach can make all the difference. They'll be there to keep you in check, cheer you on, and help you tap into that inner strength that you might have already forgotten that you have waiting to be unleashed. Trust me, having someone in your corner is invaluable!
Remember, what you don't do is just as important as the actionable steps you do take in reaching your goals.
Keep your sights set on the prize, my friend. Stay motivated, stay positive, and make it a great day!
You've got this!