When the late Yogi Berra proclaimed that “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical,” he might as well have been speaking of healthy lifestyles. Having a proper mental outlook is imperative, but it is often our mental blunders that derails any progress we could hope to make with regards to achieving a more healthy lifestyle. Here are a few things you should work to avoid during your health transformation.
Scores of health professionals, particularly trainers, have come out and said that men and women need to stop overanalyzing their diets and fitness regimens. While there are certainly best practices and you should have a general sense of how much you are eating/working out, trying to track and then examine all this data can serve as an impediment to your goals. This advice is particularly true if you are just beginning your workout regimen or diet. Heed the advice of Nike, “Just do it.” You are also bound to disappoint yourself. Dieting and health transformation simply takes time. It’s not a sprint, but a marathon. Looking at the numbers day-in and day-out can be incredibly disheartening.
We want you to keep repeatedly going to the gym/eating healthier/going for a jog. However, you need to make sure that you are continuing to challenge your body. Academic research has been released in recent years corroborating the existence of the “OK plateau” which means the point at which we become comfortable doing a task, and thus don’t become better at it. This holds up in fitness as well. If you are run for three miles everyday at the same pace, your body can only become so much better at this task. You have to challenge yourself. Try to run 3 miles twice as fast or run 8 miles at the exact same pace.
Do not let impatience take the best of you. One of the hardest parts of achieving your health goals is managing your own expectations. This is a long and arduous process. You are going to have do things that you have not done and you probably aren’t comfortable with doing. But understand this fact, and have it work for you. If you aren’t committed in the long-run, you are surely going to fail.