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Stay in the Game

“Control your time or time will control you” We all experience losing motivation, especially around the winter months and especially towards keeping fit. If you’re falling into the trap of feeling low, it can have a knock-on effect on losing your confidence, losing sleep and eating unhealthily. Don’t worry too much, we can’t consistently be at our very best with exercise and eating healthy whilst keeping up with the day to day busy schedules of work and family/social parts of life, it’s too exhausting. So how can you stay in the game, have a good level of motivation and stay motivated?

Time management, it’s an essential role to control, maintain your positive mindset and motivation not only towards physically getting fitter or keeping fit but by exercising it will improve other areas of your life such as your work ethic, self-confidence and relationships. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them a sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, feel more relaxed and positive about themselves. Regular exercise can have an extremely positive impact on depression, anxiety and also relieves stress and boosts your overall mood. You don’t have to be a fitness “pro” to experience the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a real difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to deal with mental health problems, improve your energy and outlook, and get more out of life. Some of my training workouts where I’ve felt amazing after have been the shortest ones, a 15-20-minute run/walk or 30 minutes of a bodyweight circuit.

 Awareness of your emotions and bad habits is a skill that takes time to become stronger, you may realise you’re falling into the trap of letting time control you but it’s the reaction you choose to take, “ignorance or erudition” Do you choose to ignore it or learn from it?

Mindset

     Sleep        Movement     Nutrition

The mindset formula, if you do become self-aware of your emotions declining then it could be a result of poor time management towards one of three links around the formula, which will automatically have an effect on the other two links. When I think back to my men’s physique I used to question why I was so happy and it’s a result of controlling my time. Creating the time for these three elements. Sleep, Nutrition and Movement. I had two jobs at the time and I still create time to train 3x a day, eat 6-8 meals and get 7 hours sleep. Similarly, during my military basic training where my good time management helped me I thrive and enjoy the experience. Don’t read that in a way of me boasting on how great my time management was. It is purely because I believed in my priorities. My priority was me. Sounds incredibly selfish however putting myself first with my exercising, eating healthy and resting efficiently created a happier mindset, improved my self-confidence and more importantly I had a better social connection with family and friends.

Do I lose motivation? Absolutely, and its okay from time to time however it is having the awareness of these failings, having a warning light alert you that something isn’t how it should be. What do I do to combat it? It’s quite simple. Using the links in the formula (sleep, nutrition and movement) I always start with creating time to exercise, the endorphins from training will improve my mood (movement) Having exercised I wouldn’t then want to eat anything unhealthy so I would choose to eat a quality healthy meal (nutrition) and finally with the result of the exercise and the healthy meal my body would naturally want to rest (sleep)

Having the awareness of the mindset formula it is now down to you to choose which ever one you want to create more time and focus on first.

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