Three ways to stay on track

 

Hi Fitness Warriors!

 

The hardest part of anything is getting started, especially when it comes to changing life-long habits. Whether it be work, family, friends or travel - the list is sometimes so endless that we forget to take the time for ourselves to focus on our health.  

When planning Cam’s Crazy 8s, we looked at the people around us for inspiration to see what their lifestyle's consisted of - whether it be balancing study and work, working long hours, travelling or even parents raising children. With this inspiration - the idea of Cam's Crazy 8s was formed.

 

Throughout this blog, you're going to discover the three best ways to kickstart your health and well-being journey - these three tips are designed to fit into your busy lifestyle each and everyday (just like our platfrom is designed to)!

 

  1. GOAL SETTING

 

There is many different strategies and techniques that you can use when planning / implementing a 'perfect goal.'

When goal setting, the main objective is to create a specific and emotionally driven goal that is going to motivate you throughout the hardest of times. The most effective technique we use is called 'The 5 W's.' To borrow from primary school this is the Who, What, When, Where and Why of a specific goal.

  • WHO are you wanting to acheive this goal for;
  • WHAT does this goal look like / what do you want to achieve;
  • WHEN are you going to accomplish this goal by;
  • WHERE are you going to do this; and
  • WHY are you wanting to make this change.

These five answers need to be specific, emotional and drastically different for every individua person. 

This method will also help you frame a goal into a lifestyle through the 'when' and 'where' section of this task - below are three examples of how you can to do this (remember, your goals need to be specifc to yourelf and emotionally driven to have a big impact on your life and motivation):

 

 

WHO

WHAT

WHEN

WHERE

WHY

I am on this journey for myself

To develop and maintain healthier habits

By the end of 2020

Exercising three times a week before work.

Eat Whole foods only

To be proud of myself when I look in the mirror everyday

I am getting into shape for my children

To lose 20kg

By my son's birthday

(11th of August)

Take 30-minutes between meetings a day to train - (Monday to Friday)

So that I can play with my children and not have to watch on the side any longer

I am focusing on fitness with my partner

To gain strength and body definition

By our wedding

(24th of October)

Exercising at home

(four times a week)

So I can look great in photographs and remember the best version of myself on our special day

 

 

Once you complete this task, I suggest you saving this as your screensaver / somewhere that you can view frequently (such as your bathroom mirror, toilet door or even on your bedside table). Either way keep reminding yourself of these 5 W’s and remember the more specific and emotionally driven you can make a goal, the more you will get out of it!

To make the most of this technique, find a way that you can use the emotion of 'motivation' to your advantage. You can do this by becoming aware of what makes you feel this emotion and then discovering a trigger that you can use to feel 'motivated' even when you feel as if it's impossible to do so!

 

2. PLAN, SCHEDULE AND PLAN AGAIN!

 

We all know that setting time aside for yourself can be hard. Therefore our second tip is to set-up and implement a schedule to manage these daily tasks and stay on-top of things.

You can implement this schedule in a number of ways - whether it be by using a paper diary, tablet or another electronically synched device. I would highly reccommend making your weekly schedule something that you can carry with you at all times as you will need to record / keep track of what you are doing each and every day (or Monday to Friday at least) from wherever you may be. 

Your CC8s dashboard also allows you to plan / set up a customised schedule. This will not only allow you to manage the times and days you want to workout, but also ensure that you get notifications to remind you of every upcoming event to ensure you never forget to take 8-minutes to prioritise yourself! Finding a schedule technique that is going to work for you and your lifestyle will go a long way in acheving a long-term goal as consistancy is key!

Altogether, if your schedule needs to change over time, it's important to adjust it accordingly. Planning and scheduling helps you remain accountable for all your workouts and life tasks. If you are someone who gets bored by fitness - never fear as you can come up with alternating schedules fortnightly or monthly to keep yourself engaged with your exercise, week-in and week-out!

 

  1. PLAY THE FOOD GAME

 

Old food habits can be one of the most difficult to break - especially when the temptation of our favourite foods are constantly around us! Nowadays, the accessibility of fast food on the way home or UberEats delivered to the comfort of your living room can be far too easy to be complacent with your meal choices. There are however healthy alternatives which can be just as delicious and especially more nutritious when first starting out - I like to call this process the 'Food Game.'

The food game is a challenge you make to yourself - in every meal you prepare / consume, try to make one item healthier than you may have previously. This can be as simple as swapping a bread roll for a wrap, drinking an extra glass of water instead of alcohol or even removing your extra snack in your day that you know you don't need.

A way to keep this food game at the forefront of your mind is to set this into your weekly schedule. Setting yourself small goals to track using this schedule will help you stay accountable towards all your nutrtional goals (using whichever method from step 2)! 

Overall, the aim of the food game is to make slightly healthier choices, bit by bit in each meal that you consume. Every week / fortnight, try adding in another small aspect of the food game into your schedule until you acheive the food changes you are looking for (even if this takes three - six months to complete). 

 

Conclusion:

 

Altogether, these three simple strategies will go such a long way into shaping your attitude towards your health and fitness (and keeping yourself accountable). By setting a specific and emotionally driven goal, setting a catered schedule for your current lifestlye and then changing your eating habits one meal at a time, you will go such a long way into shaping your future self and future habits!

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 I’ll see you next time!