How to “Get Back Into It”

“I was going strong for while, then I stopped. How do I get back into eating right and exercising?”

On the surface it’s a simple question with a simple answer, right?

Join a gym or get some equipment for a home gym. Find and follow a training plan. Clean up your diet and eat whole, unprocessed foods. Supplement if needed.

But we’re still not getting to the real question that needs to be asked:

Why did you stop in the first place?

And when I really started to break it down, I realized that for most guys living a healthy lifestyle isn’t part of who they are, but just something they do (for a little while).

And there’s the problem.

In order to make this health and fitness thing work for the long term you must not do, but BECOME. It needs to be woven into the fabric of your being. You need to make it WHO YOU ARE .

No it’s not easy. No it’s not sexy. No it’s not glamorous.

But it’s necessary.

BECOMING is a never-ending PROCESS that needs to CONSISTENTLY be nurtured and cultivated.

Here are some tips to help you BECOME:

Prioritize your health and fitness and make it #1.

Duh, right?

But are you really prioritizing your health and fitness…

…or do you just say that you do?

Does TV, internet, going out, or anything else come first?

It may be time to re-evaluate your priorities.

Keep it small.

Many think you need to BIG things to become healthy and fit.

False.

A couple small things every day add up to BIG results.

Do what you can, when you can, with what you have.

Focus on behaviors, not outcomes.

Or… it’s the journey, not the destination.

If you get caught up on the outcome, you’ll end up in the start-stop cycle. You’ll get that initial burst of motivation, that motivation will slowly wear off, and then you’ll quit. Rinse and repeat.

Break the cycle. Focus on the behaviors.

Find your why’s.

Why’s will be the difference between pushing through and quitting.

A lot of guys get so caught up in the what and how but they neglect the why.

BIG mistake.

Read THIS for more.

Use the power of convenience.

Listen, if you’re not making healthy habits convenient and unhealthy ones inconvenient, you’re making it SO much harder on yourself.

You only have so much time and energy. Spend it wisely.

Read THIS for more.

Change your mindset: healthy living is an investment.

An investment in quality and quantity of life.

When you change your mindset, everything else changes.

Don’t “get back into it”.

Make it who you are and BECOME it.

-ETD