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Live in the moment

Make the most of the present; live in the moment to achieve your health and fitness aspirations.

Setting and achieving new goals is incredibly important, however we are often too focused on what is ahead, preventing us from the making the most of the present moment. We often focus too much on the end goal more than focusing on what we are doing now, making the process stressful and a real struggle and therefore losing the enjoyment of the experience and changes. Embrace your journey and take in the experience whatever obstacle you may come up against. The goals you set should be a process of living and not an insignificant value of time.

Live life consciously, be an active participant in your life and take responsibility for the decisions you make. This will give you the ability to achieve your goals and be more successful. Living consciously provides many health benefits; it can contribute to managing your stress levels and finding ways to deal with different situations. Those who live consciously appear to be more positive than those who don’t. Living consciously also addresses on the present time, not dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. The time and effort invested in the process and a positive approach will lead to amazing results and a sense of fulfilment for each and every day.

Within the Health and Fitness industry, we are driven by setting goals. Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle mass, improve fitness performance or just feel more fit and healthy, understanding to recognise and seize the current moment is imperative to not only achieving goals, but succeeding with them in a positive and fulfilled way.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate this into your fitness routine:

  1. Create small goals with realistic progressions to each workout.
  2. Prioritise your technique and form to gain the benefits and long term development.
  3. Set your mind and overcome the challenge; believe you can complete each exercise and session.
  4. Focus on your body, how you move and how you feel rather than resisting the present.
  5. Train with a positive attitude and effort to achieve the best results. You have achieved something by putting in the time and effort which will contribute towards your end goal.
  6. Step out of your comfort zone: try something new! Whether it be a new class or different type of workout, grab the opportunity and look at the positive outcome it may bring. Trying something new may seem daunting, but this will keep you motivated and therefore living your life to the fullest. Face your fears and confront those obstacles we often resist or avoid. Believe you can, and you will.

As long as you are moving you are heading in the right direction; recognise, embrace and appreciate your fitness journey. Focus on now and acknowledge each step of the way, don’t restrict yourself to what happened in the past or concern yourself too much on the future. Live in the moment and enjoy your experience. Focus, to be your best and make it happen. Live life now.

Article published in WellBeing World Summer 2017