After reading some random thoughts on working in the fitness industry by Jeremy Boyd (http://jeremyboyd.co.uk/random-truths/), I was inspired to record my own random thoughts on getting fit:
1. You can get really fit in less time than you think – if you know what to do. If you don’t know what to do you can spend all your time in the gym and never see results (speaking as someone who used to exercise 10 hours a week and now only does 4 one hour workouts a week).
2. Getting fit is not a competition (although way too many people think it is). Do it for yourself, not to beat other people.
3. You won’t get truly fit until you sort out your diet.
4. If you can afford it, get a personal trainer and use him/her properly. Not as someone who is going to make you turn up to the gym (that’s your own job) but as someone who can advise and educate you on how to make the best use of your time when you’re there. So you need to get a good one.
5. Do something you love. You won’t stick with something which bores you. But be aware that you could learn to love the really hard stuff if you stick with it long enough to see results.
6. Don’t rely on cardio. Just don’t.
7. Be patient and enjoy the small improvements – they all add up. My own progress has always been slow so I’ve had to be VERY patient.
8. Aim for a small improvement every time you workout – one more rep, one more kilogram, a little less rest.
9. If you’ve never been particularly fit it will take you years when you get fit to change the way you see yourself. At 40 I still saw myself as the gawky kid at school who couldn’t catch a ball and was last to be picked for teams. I’m almost 50 now and can finally see myself as a fit person (most of the time).
10. Feeling fit and strong improves EVERYTHING about your life. For example it gave me the strength to jack in a job I hated and set up my own business (and I’m just about to set up a second one).
11. Getting fit really is worth the effort