Yo-yo dieting isn’t a new frustration for people. Nor is it an uncommon one – with many dieters revealing to us they have spent most of their life on a diet. Last week I shared why using PURPOSE as your driving force for motivation is a crucial ingredient & can make a huge difference in finally put an end to failed diet attempts.
Here’s the post again, “How to make exercise compliance effortless”
Feedback from the post was good, however, I know taking a concept like, “living with purpose,” is one thing… using it is another!
So today I’m going to give you 3 simple ways to start applying purposeful transformation into your life. This is a pure action-based post that will leave you with strategies you can implement immediately TODAY.
Now there are TONNES of ways to live a more purposeful life. But at LPT we are in the business of supporting you towards a healthier & fitter life – so for now lets start with the big 3 – EXERCISE, DIET & RECOVERY.
- EXERCISING for purpose: For 90% of gym-goers, the purpose of their exercise efforts is purely a means to burn calories. This is a great example of how NOT to approach your exercise (unless you wish to carry on stop-starting your fitness efforts). Training purely for the calorific burn is like working all your life without spending a penny of your hard earned cash – there’s just no incentive. Instead, think hard about why achieving/maintaining a healthy weight is important to you or why you even need that calorific burn. For me personally, I train for mobility first, ALWAYS. The purpose? Simple, to grow old without back pain, tight muscles or movement restriction. To be able to keep up with my children and enjoy life. Secondly I train for health. Contrary to belief, lifting weights & performing cardio exercises like running aren’t things a particularly love to do. 10 years ago maybe but these days I can usually think of 101 other things I’d rather do. However, I know how important building a strong & mobile body is to overall health and without good health I simply cannot be the best husband, father or businessman possible. So on those days when the last thing I want to do is exercise, it’s these ^^ values & deeper meanings that create my purposeful action to get my lazy ass off to a training, stretching or a foam rolling session. AKA Using purpose is my motivator. How can you relate your training so it has a deeper meaning than just the calorie burn? Better movement. Maybe you have an event you would love to do? Or maybe you just want to be able to climb the stairs without puffing. Attach reason to your exercise efforts & compliance will be far far easier in the long run.
- DIET: Firstly lets get one thing clear. Eating healthy does NOT need to mean a life on chicken & broccoli. It really CAN be tasty too. And for the many hundreds of people who have gone through our transformation programs, many rarely ever go back to eating junk food. Now we’ve got that out of the way, lets talk about eating for purpose. I DO believe one of the biggest mistakes people make with their food choices & diet attempts is eating for comfort NOT purpose. The difference is out-come based eating (purposeful eating) has an end result. It has meaning. It is mindful, not mindless. For example; Eating a protein dense food with a complex carb after a heavy weights session would be a good outcome-based food choice because the body requires these two macronutrients to nourish & rebuild your muscles after being broken down. When you start to view food as a fuel (much like the how you treat the diesel you put into your car), THEN that you can start being more purposeful about your food choices. So the message here, is to remember next time you’re creating your healthy eating meal plan, ask yourself WHY these foods are on your list. What purpose do they have. (If your not sure where the value of certain foods lie then I suggest being educated quick in this area. We can certainly help. Our 6 week transformation program was designed to educate people as well as motivate and coach. Click here to find out more)
- RECOVERY: Purposeful rest you ask? Yes really. In case your not aware, your body does NOT transform when you are lifting weights. Nor does it get fitter whilst on your on that run. Nope, your body only reaps the rewards from training when you’re doing jack-all – With SLEEP being one of the key components of rest. And so it makes logical sense (hopefully) that the better quality sleep/rest you have, the better results you’ll get. So if your hitting the deck at night as a means to purely crash after a long day, rather than following a sleep routine that allows you to get into the deepest sleep possible, then their is a good chance you’re not reaping the rewards great sleep offers. Personally, I take my sleep seriously! Now with a 2 year old it doesn’t always go to plan HOWEVER I still do what I can to create the best recovery possible for my body with a good night sleep- avoiding blue light an hour before bed, wearing an eye-mask to block out any light, ear-buds to keep noise down and sleep spray are just a few of my strategies for sleeping like a baby. We have whole training that covers sleep on our 6 week program that goes into much more detail. But if you take anything from this section it’s too take your recovery as serious as your training. If your training hard you should be stretching & mobilising hard! If you working hard and have high mental stress you should be using deep breathing or mindfulness practices to give your brain a chance to reset too.
There you go. Some simple strategies and new ways of thinking about how you approach the big THREE of Diet, exercise & recovery.
As always I recommend simplicity when choosing what purposeful action you may start with today. Choose just ONE thing you can start being more purposeful about today.
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