There are a couple of things that, had I known much earlier in life, would’ve saved me a lot of trouble and frustration (not to mention money - sigh)
FIND YOUR THING
Just because your awesome friend runs marathons and logs approximately 2765479 million kilometers on the Nike Running App (and its working out really well for them) that doesn’t mean that’ll work for you too.
Here’s my tried and tested theory on why: if you workout purely based on what other people are doing, you will never enjoy your workouts. Instead, you’ll resent working out and then you’ll end up quitting :(
A wise gentleman named Drake once said: “the moment I stop having fun with it, I’ll be done with it” That is my exact philosophy when it comes to fitness. So, if you’re not bursting with joy while you’re headed towards the gym (or the road for you runners ;) ) then you definitely need to reconsider your fitness regimen.
I’d like to challenge you to find something that makes you happy and don’t stop searching until you find it. (Oh, and if the idea of exercise as a whole doesn’t make you happy then maybe you should re-evaluate your life - I mean that in the most polite way :) )
THESE THINGS TAKE TIME
Okay, so let’s assume you’ve found your thing. The fact that your thing hasn’t shown results in a month doesn’t make it any less ‘your thing’. The problem with being a part of the microwave generation is we’re so darn impatient. (Bleh)
THERE’S NO MAGIC PILL, POTION, POWDER OR CONCOCTION
There are people who’s job it is to convince you that there is, but there isn’t. There is no substitute for good old fashioned hard work.
WHY SO STRICT BRO?
Okay so this one is really important. There’s really no need to restrict yourself for longer than what’s necessary. Sure, if you’ve got a particular time-restricted goal, then it makes sense. Are you preparing for a fitness competition ? (go ahead - count your macro nutrients and don’t you dare eat an extra almond bro) , wedding coming up soon ? (do your thing hun- easy on the carbs there) .. other than that? Take it easy. You’ll reach your goals, slowly, yes, but the benefits will be so much more sustainable.
THE PERFECT BODY IS..
Your CURRENT body. (Que the orchestra) The reality is, If you don’t love and appreciate yourself in your current state, you’ll never learn to appreciate your body when you eventually reach your milestones. Which, I believe, is the biggest tragedy.
Depriving yourself of certain foods in order to look a certain way only leads to an unhealthy obsession and, in most cases, crazy binges.
My advice: Eat healthy MOST of the time. Life is too short to go on crazy diets. So what if your grandma’s dumpling and stew isn’t part of your 30-day bikini body plan? She made it with love and you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff because life happens.
Choose to embrace the imperfections. Choose happiness :)
Khosi Hlongwane is a trainee Charted Accountant by profession who is also working towards her certificate in Personal Training. She is passionate about health and wellness and runs a blog titled “Corporate Girl Fitness” where she writes about navigating the corporate world while trying to stay healthy and fit. A strong believer in exercising for more than just “body goals", Khosi strives to educate people (particularly women) about turning health and fitness into a sustainable lifestyle.