We often let big dreams get in the way of our happiness. Let me give you some examples. We spend so much time thinking, ‘I want to get fit to run a marathon’ that we let the marathon take over our lives. Or we might think that the only way to train is by lifting really heavy weights and all we focus on is our personal best.
As much as these thoughts and goals are valid, we let them get in the way of our everyday, small wins – and that isn’t what fitness should be. Approaching fitness with a holistic mind is all about small changes, small steps, all designed to make you feel and be your very best. That might be eating more veg every day, making your own lunch instead of buying it or taking the stairs instead of the lift. These steps are the key to feeling positive and happy about fitness – not putting pressure on yourself when you’re working out.
So what’s the key to happiness?
You. You are your best friend, your best cheerleader, your best you! Prioritizing your fitness journey, your food and your health helps everything else fall into place. You’ll feel more confident in yourself, you’ll take control of your own time, decisions and choices. We all spend so much time focusing on the happiness of others, but now I want you to make your life, your wellbeing, the number one priority. And the beauty of it is, it doesn’t take very long!
People think you need to train for hours on end in the gym, but a simple 30–40-minute workout at home or at the gym is all you need to get those endorphins going to make you feel great about yourself. If you start with 15 minutes, you’ll soon realize you have time to fit in another 15 minutes. Just start making time for your wellbeing and, I promise you, those happy feelings will follow.
You just need to focus on:
- Your ‘whys’
- Your habits
- Your schedule
- Your routine
- Your planning
Remember to grab a diary, a journal or the calendar on your phone and schedule your workouts. When it’s set in stone (in black and white), you’re way more likely to do the workout as the planning and thinking have already been done. And if you’re not feeling it? Just get up and do it anyway – remember, it’s a healthy habit, one that you will never regret.