Life is all about living between the extremes. The pendulum swings both ways, and that’s why it is important to find a healthy balance, whether it be with work and family time or your workouts and goals.
It happens too often that someone gets extreme with their health and fitness and then falls off the wagon down the road. Another example is the former star athlete who used to devote hours to fitness and now barely moves off the couch. How can people with such great potential and huge past achievements go so wrong?
Sometimes our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness. It’s easy for a driven person to burn out quickly. The pendulum has been to one side for so long, it will eventually swing back. They may be lost without a new goal or reason to work so hard. That’s why it is crucial to make realistic goals.
No one wants to keep losing the same 10 pounds over and over again. So don’t! Look at the big picture. Maybe your goal for this month is to create a new workout and exercise 3 times per week, and the next month it’s to change it again. Weight loss will follow and will be easier to maintain if it’s not the only focus. Also, think about training for something special like a 5K, 1/2 marathon, bike race, distance walk, etc. The goal doesn’t always have to about the scale. After all, it’s just a number!