There’s a relatively new breed of client I am coming across. The exercise binger!
Do you fit this profile? Have you felt like youhave needed a challenge? Required some focus to your, normally, meagre efforts to keep fit and look after yourself a little better than the past few years that have increased the waistband. Your broad mind and narrow waist have changed place with each other and you thought ‘sod it this year I’ll do something great!’ Maybe for a charity event or just to prove to the rest of your friends and family that there’s ‘life in the old girl/guy yet!’
That is very admirable, encouraging even I’m often mentioning to people that goals help to drive us to maintain a purpose to train and stay fit and healthy. They give us the tension, the need to‘Just do it!’
However, herein lies a problem. General life is hectic and we are constantly ‘time poor’ so with a concerted effort towards our goal ‘the event’, that has meaning and purpose, we forget to plan for the void post event and why we first thought about using agoal in the first place.
With your medal orT-shirt secured in pride of place normal life resumes, diaries get busier,family life takes over with a sense of guilt time is owed back to them. Apart from getting some pictures out or emailing friends you did the event with to reminisce, your kit falls to the back of the wardrobe. As you slide back into your personal comfy seat and watch the dark nights draw in it seems unlikely now that you will get up and train without a reason to, sound familiar?
I hear things like‘in June last year I did a 10 km charity run, but since then nothing.’
I’d say that it’svery difficult to maintain high levels of motivation for very long periods oftime so you should perhaps have periods where you are not at full whack but should you stop completely? No way! Binging on exercise is not really great for us in the long run, consistency an even keel is probably much better for us. Spikes and troughs yes but full on and then abstinence no. If for no other reason as the first few days of training after a prolonged period of doing nothing are difficult and you’ll probably drop out again.
Ensure at the end ofyour goal you have some plans to keep doing something. Maybe another event if the interest, funding and commitment are there. Try hard though not to just stop. That way you can help yourself by keeping an even keel where your fitness training and quality of life is concerned.
Steve Young has been helping people reach their fitness goals over the last 16 years in Reigate.Contact him on Mobile 07711 246651 or http://www.foreveryoungfitness.co.uk