“We become what we think about”
– Napoleon Hill
I hope you enjoyed the last article on the benefits of Pilates, in this issue I am turning my attention back towards health and lifestyle, in particular motivation. Whenever we meet with a client for the first time, I always ask a very important question: Why do you want to exercise?
There are so many reasons as to why people decide to start exercising and maybe join a gym: weight loss, recovering from an injury, doc tors advice, or a forthcoming event. I think the reason why so many pay for gym membership and hardly ever go, has everything to do with motivation and planning.
What is the key that drives certain people to exercise 3-5 times per week, eating a healthy diet reinforced with dietary supplements? They
understand better than most, the enormous impact living this way will have on their health, energy and vitality, ultimately preventing disease. We know that the food we eat can have a huge impact on how we feel, be it energized, alert and focused or lazy, tired and unable to concentrate. If we put the wrong materials into our body, how can we expect it to perform mentally or physically?
Motivation cannot exist without a goal. I think many people now understand the importance of physical exercise and avoiding refined processed junk food, but don’t seem to know how to fit this into their own lifestyle. All of us want a fit lean body, highly resistant to disease that defyies ageing. To obtain this we need to plan for it day by day.
I have just finished teaching a 12-week health and weight loss course and very early on realised that perhaps even more important than the education, which people understood relatively quickly, was the fact that the mental side, the self esteem and the emotionof the individual, plays a very big part.
It takes just 21 days to make or break a habit. Goalsetting is key to your success. Firstly, have aclear idea of what shape you would like to be in and imagine exactly how you will look and just how confident you will feel. Keep notes of the journey you are on, think about it, plan for it. Remember your goals are personal and maybe about body image, health, sport or simply feeling better.
Set short-term goals to lead you to your longterm goal. Set specific, measurable goals with realistic deadlines and stay focused on the emotional reasons.
The seven habits of healthy lean people:
- Always eat every 3 hours – A minimum 5 meals per day
- Eat protein at every meal or snack
- Carbohydrates mainly come from vegetables and fruit
- At least 20% of energy is from fat – especially monounsaturated (olive oil) and polyunsaturated (fish and flax oil)
- Drinks come from non calorie beverages – water
- We are designed to move exercise is a necessity not an option
- Enjoy cheating 10% of the time until you have reached your goals
Exercise of the Month
Start lying on your back, knees bent, feet hip- width apart. Begin with big deep breath in through nose, fill up tummy.
Slowly draw the belly button in towards the spine and up towards the chest.
Exhale keeping the belly button in for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Be careful not to push the lower back down.