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"Many a False Step Was Made by Standing Still" - Fortune Cookie
As I close the book on last year and get stuck in to training for a new year, the inevitable “M” word rears its ugly head. Yup, M stands for MOTIVATION. Some of us have too little of it, some of us have too much of it – but either way, it’s important to understand how to find that optimal level to get you through these early months, particularly for those not blessed with warm winters.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, a new mom trying to get back in shape, or a senior battling arthritis, the first steps after some time off are the hardest. Motivation to move is like a snowball rolling downhill. The first push is the hardest, but as it picks up speed it builds in size and power. This is why every seemingly insurmountable challenge is akin to answering the age old question: How do you eat an elephant? A: one bite at a time. So, if your new year’s resolution of “to get fit” is already gathering dust, here’s a simple way to administer CPR…
Whatever you do, try to do something TODAY to inch you forward. Go on, take a leap, even it’s more of a hop.
If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.
When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.
One thing I've learned is that injuries can be great teachers. There are so many lessons to be learned from the injuries we experience. They force us to slow down and evaluate our bodies on a deeper level. Like many, I'm guilty of sometimes taking my healthy days for granted. When we pick up an injury, we're suddenly motivated to learn everything we can about that specific injury. We're also dedicated to the necessary rehab it will take to overcome the injury and strengthen our weak areas.
As with many injuries, I've learned there are no "quick fixes" for my stubborn Achilles. Over the years, I've also learned there are no "get fit quickly" schemes.