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et’s face it- most of us are attached to our phones. Leave home without it and feel lost for the rest of the day, right? Even if we aren’t expecting an important phone call or email, the need to check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds can be overwhelming. It all boils down to our desire for instant gratification and these days we can pretty much get it in nearly every aspect of our lives. Need to check the weather before heading out? There’s an app for that. How about a score update from your favorite team or movie times or dinner reservations? You guessed it, there’s an app. Even getting a date can be as easy as a swipe of the finger. While having all of these resources at our fingertips can be very helpful and make life much more convenient, it’s made us very impatient. Social media has become a major platform for health and fitness


professionals. Whether it’s a gym’s Facebook page or a Crossfit athlete’s Instagram account, we’re inundated with perfect chiseled bodies and videos of impressive feats of strength. These images and messages can be very motivating and might give you that push to clean up your diet and go a little harder in the gym, but it can also lead to unrealistic goals and disappointment. The athletes and fitness gurus you look up to did not achieve those bodies and PR’s overnight. They didn’t do it by following the “30-day squat challenge” you found on Pinterest or the “fourmoves-to-a-six-pack workout” you may have seen in a magazine. While I do believe doing any workout is better than sitting on the couch, these “get results fast” plans aren’t necessarily going to give you that six-pack. Sure, your muscular endurance will improve, your core will get a little stronger and your glutes a little tighter, but

the changes may be more subtle than you had hoped. Just like a “get rich quick” scheme isn’t likely to make you a millionaire, the same goes for fitness. There is no such thing as instant fitness. I’ll start with the bad news first so we can end on a good note. Bad news is real results take time, effort and discipline. When it comes to your health and fitness you can’t expect instant gratifi-

lose the weight or get ripped overnight. Now for some good newsif you remain consistent with your fitness routine and nutrition you will see progress. Remember our “30-day squat challenge” and “four-moves-to-a-sixpack” workouts? Well imagine if you combined those workouts as part of a broader routine, stuck to it for six months and cleaned up

THE ATHLETES AND FITNESS GURUS YOU LOOK UP TO DID NOT ACHIEVE THOSE BODIES AND PR’S OVERNIGHT. cation, especially with regards to physical changes in your body. Whether you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight or build muscle and lose body fat, it takes consistency. It means making the commitment to yourself to make a lifestyle change. One month of work ain’t gonna cut it. Think of it this way- if you are overweight or out of shape it likely didn’t happen overnight, so you can’t expect to

your diet. I’d be willing to bet you’d lose some weight, shed some fat and feel better in general. Whether you find an at-home workout plan you like or a trainer who will hold you accountable, it’s important to set goals. Try to set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. Also, make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. That stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. For instance, instead of saying “I want to lose weight,” try to be more specific like “I want to lose

Active Acadiana March 2015  

Acadiana's only fitness and recreational activity publication.

Active Acadiana March 2015  

Acadiana's only fitness and recreational activity publication.