In this episode I talk about how we need to forget about the "perfect workout program" and just get into action.
Core Balance Podcast Episode 52
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continued to move like you did when you were a kid? Before fitness became about treadmills and calories? There is a better way. And now you’ve found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast, with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Thank you so much and it’s great to be here. I’m so glad you’re here too. Today I just want to talk a bit about motivation and the fact that many of us when we are pursuing a health goal or a fitness goal we want everything to be perfect. Do you ever get to this point, where you read something in a magazine or you see some Hollywood celebrity how they transformed their body in just 6 weeks they went from 25% body fat to 12% body fat. You want to know how they did it, how they designed it. Everything’s got to be spot on.
I do this a lot, being a trainer, this is one of the things I obsess about all the time: what is the perfect program for me right now. “right now” the key, because honestly there’s no perfect program, it doesn’t exist. Also I think the quest for the perfect program and the quest for perfection can sometimes get in the way of a lot. Get in the way of your results. Most of us don’t need any kind of program that even slightly resembles what that super star who was in that movie did. Most of the time a guy who plays, say, a super hero, they’ll gain 15 pounds of muscle (supposedly) in a month. And the fact is that they were working on that full time. I don’t mean full-tiome like 2 hours a day, I mean full-0time 24 hours per day. They had a trainer, only the best nutrition. They probably slept 12 hours per day. Everything was dialed in 100% perfect. And they were working very very hard, as well as probably doing some actors tricks, you know when they say “where’s my motivation?” and they become that superhero in their head.
The reason I talk about this is because your quest to find that perfect program should not be happening before you start working out. In other words, that who disease we have “I’m going to start my program on Monday…” I’ve heard that line so many times, “you know I’m going to spend the next couple of days researching, etc….” no don’t do that. If you’re motivated to start, just start. It doesn’t matter you don’t have a perfect program. If you’ve been sitting on your butt all day for the last 3 years and you’re out of shape, but you used to be fit, or even if you were never fit, this applies to you too. You don’t have to say, “I have to start on day 1, do this workout, then start tapering…” you can do that after you get the ball rolling. If you start to feel motivated to do something, then do something right now. Now is the only time you have control over.
Also, once you do something you’ll get momentum. You’re always going to adjusting your approach along the way. So go out on a walk, 20 minutes. Even just 5 minutes, whatever it is. Just make it slightly more than you’re used to doing right now. Think in terms of being slightly progressive, little by little. Faster, longer, heavier, but just a little bit every day. You’ll get some momentum.
This is really important because when you go to the gym, or when you go to the park to do your workout, the most important thing that you can take with you is your motivation! The most important thing you can take with you is not some special piece of equipment. Not your program, your motivation. Because during the workout you might have an inclination to do something else, to say “push ups weren’t in the plan today, but I feel like doing push ups.” Don’t deny your self go with it. You don’t need to stay so strictly to a plan. Just go with it. I encourage you, whatever you’re feeling, if you feel like “I need to move,” go do it. Stop planning. That’s the most important thing. Go outside and sprint up some stairs, whatever you want to do.
Again, just to wrap up, I want to make sure that you don’t get caught too much in the planning. Don’t be too attached to the planning. You want MVP! In business they talk about this, they talk about “minimum viable product.” I want you to consider the minimum viable program. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be the same program that movie star did. If you want to start with it, that’s great. Just start something. Then you can tweak it along the way.
I’m doing a podcast per day and I don’t want you to miss any of the action. And if you have any questions visit www.facebook.com/mycorebalance.com. I look forward to answering then in a future podcast.
You’ve been listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I’m your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We’ll talk again next time. Until then, let’s be fit, lets’ be healthy, let’s be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
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