So what does this have to do with my fitness goals?
Athletic success is similar to success in fitness or fat loss in many ways. Both require sacrifice, hard work, tremendous consistency, and you guessed it, momentum! In the heat of a game or match, players are looking for one decision, one moment, one play, one shot to create momentum. In working toward your fitness goals, you should be looking to do the same. Rather than trying to figure out what the “perfect” workout or “perfect” diet is for you (hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing), why not instead do something today that’s going to help create positive momentum toward your goal? Instead of breaking the habit that may have the biggest benefit for you (but you’ve already failed to do 20+ times), pick something you can work on today that will be a small shift in the right direction. I always tell clients,
“something is better than nothing”.
If I asked you do to one pushup tonight could you do that? How about eat one carrot? Eat one less potato chip? You may be thinking this is silly and that such small change can’t be worth it, but what if you did one pushup tonight, then two tomorrow night? And 3 the next? Can you see where I’m going with this?
To help reinforce the idea of how momentum can affect our day, check out this commercial. Although I’m not by any means endorsing Nutri Grain bars, Kelloggs hits the nail on the head with their idea of one good decision leading to another.
Pick something today that will help you create forward momentum and push you one step closer to living a better life. Momentum is always pushing you either toward, or away from your goals, so make sure you’re using it to your advantage! If you have any questions or need help in doing so, please let me know.