Shier Strength FBB - October 2018



People think of January as the time when they should re-evaluate their fitness goals and aspirations. Society touts #NewYearNewMe to the masses, and people tend to take the idea quite seriously. They make resolutions to lead healthier lives and start by frantically researching the latest dieting trends and exercise routines. But in many cases, even with the most motivated of people, those resolutions fall through before the last bit of snow melts from the ground. It’s been my experience that these resolutions fail because goal setting should take place in the fall rather than at the start of the year. Between scooping a third helping of Thanksgiving dinner and eating every other candy cane while decorating the Christmas tree, diet and fitness routines tend to fall apart during the winter. That is why I encourage my clients to use these fall months to build some foundational habits; once they are ingrained, clients can reach a point where they don’t just want to work out; they need to. Over my last 10 years maintaining my fitness regimen, I have narrowed the process of reaching this point to three important steps.

from now. The choice to avoid your health creates a snowball effect, and as the size of the snowball increases, so too does the difficulty of addressing it. Over time, I’ve found that the people who start out with the biggest desire to change are the ones who actually see results.

2. Keep It Simple

With the plethora of fitness trends popping up every year, people can get overwhelmed. “Should I try the keto diet? Atkins? Plant-based? Should I try aerial pilates? Weighted drumstick dancing? Yoga with goats?” Instead of getting too bogged down by all the options available to you, focus on simplicity. This can mean anything from going on an evening walk with the family to cutting back on your junk food intake. Or you can be like me in my early years and hang out in a tiny but awesome gym that doubles as your office, one that includes exactly two dumbbells. When it comes to building healthy habits, intention matters far more than originality. So many people I work with think that losing 5–7 pounds a week is a practical weight loss goal. While each person’s body has its own individual weight loss capabilities, shedding even 1 pound every week is still perfectly healthy. Whether your focus is on losing pounds or building strength, setting realistic expectations for yourself is absolutely crucial. Doing so will help you create long-term habits that foster long-term results. Keeping these steps in mind this October will help you get through this holiday season without drowning in a sea of sugary goodness. It will also serve as a reminder to give your body what it craves: challenge. The human body has this innate desire to be worked. It rises to meet the challenges you set for it. And in the end, your progress, work, and results are your own, and no one can take them away from you. –Adrian Shier 3. ManageYour Expectations

“The human body has this innate desire to be worked.”

1. Figure Out Your ‘Why’

I placed this step first because I truly believe it is the most important. Ironically, it has absolutely nothing to do with using your body. Before you can even consider sculpting your biceps or perfecting your squat form, you need to set aside time to think about why you want to pursue fitness in the first place. Simply saying “I want to be healthy” or “I want to look good” just isn’t enough. I challenge you to dig deeper and really evaluate your “why.” One approach is to consider your current amounts of energy, stress, and overall self-confidence. Now imagine yourself 5, 10, 20, or even 25 years

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