Finding The Energy After A Busy Day
I am 100% certain that this is a topic that will resonate with most of us: a super busy day leading to total physical and mental wipeout in the evening! We all know this, and all too well. After a busy day of work, school, running errands and generally attending to that thing known as, life, all you want to do at the end of a tiresome day is jump straight onto the couch, put your feet up, turn on the TV and get some grub into you.
You just feel so tired, lacking of any mental and physical energy and all you want to do is too switch off temporarily to the world. You simply say to yourself: please, nothing more for the rest of the day! Before you know it, the evening is almost over; your eyes get heavy, and your just about ready to catch a few winks before the next day arrives. Repeat! A lot of people fall into this type of routine (mostly unintentionally) but the problem is, getting back out of it. I know how you feel folks; it can be tough, especially if you’re looking to dip your toes into the whole fitness world thing. If you are looking to improve your mind and body, I am going to be honest, it does require a strong will to change.
You Have To Tell Yourself: I Want This!
First things first: change begins with you. If you want something to happen in life, you have to make it happen. People can support you in that change, offer advice and guidance, but you’re the one that needs to ignite that flame of change. There are no easy ways out, shortcuts, or secret, untapped methods that people can offer you. Just good old hard work and willpower! That is what true success is based on. If you do want to implement change in your life, then it’s always good to ask yourself a few key questions: how badly do I actually want this? Is it really going to be worth the effort, extra energy and possible readjustment? Will I truly be happier in the end, or will I just regret it? What are the trade offs? It’s easy to tell yourself: I am going to make some changes! But, the difficult thing is actually putting words into action. It’s even harder if your wanting to maintain this change into the long-term!
“If you want something to happen in life, you have to make it happen.”
I hear many people saying: I want to get fitter, stronger, leaner and healthier, but have trouble truly breaking away from the whole ‘’wake-up-get home-eat-fall on the couch-no time or energy-fall a sleep’’ cycle that tends to form an unbreakable bond with many. After an entire day of energy expenditure it can just seem much more appealing to conserve any energy you do have left rather then to expend anymore. Really, I don’t blame you folks! You look forward to comfort, and getting home, next to the TV, close to a fully stocked-up fridge is exactly what you want; all of life’s comforts.
I am not going to lie, it is nice just to get home after a long day, and put your feet up. Feels like a breath of fresh air, stepping away for the evening from all the stress. But the thing is, at the same time, I am not getting closer to my goals. If I have said to myself: I want to get healthier, fitter, stronger etc. and I easily fall into the trap of hitting the couch rather than going to the gym for instance, than I not getting closer to achieving the change I want. Yes, it will require sacrifice, yet more energy and dedication after a hard day, but this is point when you need to ask those important questions about whether you are prepared to do whatever it takes, to make the change you want happen.
“You’re the one that needs to ignite that flame of change”.
Not only in fitness, but in anything, you have to sacrifice to make the changes you want. For a lot of people, fitness goals will usually mean trading the evening on the couch, for an evening in the gym. Or, it might be the other way round, waking up early and hitting the gym before work, depending on your schedule. The point is, making change, means making sacrifices. Just remember the saying: No sacrifice, No victory! Quite fitting here. No, it doesn’t mean giving up everything in your life that you like. You don’t need to go to the gym every evening after a hard day to make long-term progress; you can still enjoy the comfort of home in the evening! But, you will have to start balancing this out with your fitness goals.
Overall, if you really have your heart set on improving your body, losing fat, building strength and muscle and getting fitter, then you will need to learn to break away from the whole cycle of ‘’wake-up-get home-eat-fall on the couch-no time or energy-fall a sleep’’. It’s the only way of ensuring you start directing your efforts in line with your goals, whatever they might be.
What Is The Solution: Plan, Imagine And Question
There is no magical solution, system or method that is going to guarantee that you 100% achieve the changes you want in life. The solution lies with you: the preparations you make, your dedication to your goals and the actions you are willing to take and implement. It’s all down to what you are prepared to do to make it happen, and the sacrifices and changes you are willing to accept. It will be different for everyone. But as a coach, I am here to help you and offer guidance and advice. The best possible! After all, that is why we are here!
“It’s all down to what you are prepared to do to make it happen”.
As a coach, the best solution I believe is three things: Plan, Imagine and Question (PIQ). If you want to implement change successfully, then you can’t go wrong with PIQ. It’s always good to have a general plan. A plan will give you structure, outline exactly what you need to do, when and how, and in turn, will help keep you on a focused path. It gives you direction and purpose to what you are doing. Without a clear plan, it’s easy to fall off track, get confused and loose direction, purpose and sight of your goals. Always imagine and question: have vision. Try to see yourself after having achieved some of those goals.
If you want to get stronger, have more muscle and lose that extra fat, try to imagine what it would be like to achieve all that, how you feel for instance. These positive thoughts are likely to keep you on the right track, focused, motivated, and prevent you from slipping back into old habits. For instance, when you sit on that couch when you should have been in the gym, ask yourself and imagine: was the couch tonight really worth it over a stronger, fitter and healthier body? I think most of us would then quickly have thoughts of guilt and possibly failure running through our minds, say without hesitation: ok, I am going to the gym now! After all, no one wants to fail. Try to imagine the positive effects of achieving your goals and weigh these constantly with the negative feelings that might occur if you don’t. This will give you the extra motivation to achieve your goals and so prevent the possible negatives!
“You need to be prepared to go the extra mile and make some sacrifices”.
Change is never easy! But if you want something in life, you need to be prepared to go the extra mile and make some sacrifices. But guess what, the positive outcomes you do achieve, will have made it all the worthwhile! You just need to keep saying to yourself: I want this no matter what!