Have you ever wondered why achieving high levels of fitness comes so much more naturally for some people than it does others? Tired of putting in the effort but not getting anywhere? Today, we’re looking at one simple approach that is going to change your entire outlook on fitness, and completely transform your body and health in the process.
One of the most common questions I face, on an almost weekly basis, is what it takes to get over the hump and actually transform your body in a meaningful way. Nearly anyone who exercises at least semi-regularly is going to make some sort of progress, but as most of us are aware, changing ourselves in the way we envision can be another story entirely. We see the people out there who have what we want – minimal stomach fat, toned abs, strong legs, defined arms; and we know it can be achieved…but how? These ideal images of the “perfect” body essentially function as the carrot at the end of a stick, strapped to our backs. It’s enough to keep us going, deep down, we know we’re never going to get there. Well, today, it’s time to change that. It’s time you figured out exactly what’s holding you back and what you need to start doing to start making the meaningful progress you want and deserve.
It took me several years to crack the code, so to speak. Just like when a curious mind asks why the sky is blue, you feel like you kinda know the answer, but kinda don’t; telling people what it takes to really get fit was something I struggled to put into words. In my head, I knew what I had to do to keep my fitness levels high, but conveying that into an easy to understand way that wasn’t trite, was a struggle. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to tell someone to do A, B, and C, while refraining from D and E, and you’ll have the body of your dreams. But you know what? That doesn’t work. That’s what every fitness “expert” does, and the vast majority of their clients still aren’t achieving the transformation they want. I figured there had to be another way to look at things, and set out to determine what that way was.
No Negative Days
After years of working with clients and sharing my thoughts on this blog, I can safely say I feel like I’ve found the approach that is going to help you lose weight, build muscle, tighten up, lower your blood pressure, fill-in-the-blank for whatever health and/or fitness goal you have. Like I mentioned above, giving you a list of do’s and don’ts isn’t effective in practice. What I’m about to share with you is so much easier than that. It’s going to take less effort on your part, which is the key to helping you, and others, avoid burn out. The problem with giving people too many things to accomplish at once, is they’re left feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or like the task at hand is too great. We’re changing that today with a little concept I call, no negative days.
So what does “no negative days” mean? Well, let’s first define what a negative day is. A negative day is when you do absolutely nothing to further your goals. By doing nothing, you may think you’re staying stationary, but in reality, you’re moving backwards. If you’re having 4 positive days a week, but combining them with 3 negative days, you’re actually only taking one step forward each week. One step forward isn’t getting you anywhere. It’s time to take 7 big, giant, body-changing leaps, every single week, without fail. You start doing this and you’ll see how “easy” fitness can really be.
So when I say no more negative days, what I mean is, I want you to do something every single day, to further your health and fitness goals. I don’t want you to have any more days where you completely lose sight of what you’re trying to achieve. When we forget what we set out to do, it’s no surprise that we’re doing the things which move us further away from our end goal. I want you to always keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. I’m not saying to obsess over them, I just want you to always be mindful of them, and get into a habit of asking yourself every single day, “Have I done at least one thing to help bring me closer to my goals?” Doing this will soon become second nature and you’ll transform the way you think and act in the process.
Now, if you’re wondering what it takes to turn a negative day into a positive, let me tell you….it doesn’t take much. I’m not talking about going out and doing some crazy workout every day, or abiding by some ultra-strict bodybuilder diet. Those methods are great in theory, but for the average person, are never going to work. The sooner trainers realize this, the sooner they’ll be able to start helping their clients in a more meaningful way. When I’m talking no more negative days, I’m saying I want you to do anything, no matter how small, to further your goals. Check out these examples…
- Opting for the salad instead of the Italian sub at your favorite lunch place
- Going for a quick 15-minute run when you’re short on time instead of doing nothing at all
- Making sure you got enough protein for the day by having that protein shake even though you skipped your workout
- Knocking out 100 push ups and sit ups before bed because you couldn’t make it to the gym that day
- Remembering to eat breakfast
- Cooking all of that weeks meals ahead of time
- Spending some time educating yourself about health, fitness, and how to achieve your goals (you’re doing this right now!)
It’s easy really. Just make sure that you’re doing something productive every day. Over time, you’re going to find out that this mindset pervades itself into other aspects of your life. Tackling huge assignments is going to get easier and seem less overwhelming. As long as you’re making every day a positive day, your successes are all but guaranteed.
As you progress with this lifestyle approach, you’re going to find that simply doing one positive thing a day isn’t enough. Over time, you’ll want to do more and more positive things for your goals each day. You’ll make a little progress, get more motivated to improve, make a little more progress, get a little more motivated – in other words, you’ll enter a cycle of positive reinforcement. Entering this cycle of positive reinforcement will prove to be the best and most effective way of ensuring you stay on the right side of the road and continue improving for the remainder of your life. It all starts with the easy concept of no negative days, and culminates in a change in mind, body, and health, that will last a lifetime.
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