Expectations vs Reality

Last month’s article spoke about the little adjustments that make a big difference. This month we will look at how we can make the most of what we do in our current situation.

Many of us are using social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. It would be fair to say that most people will only post their best pictures on their page for all to see. Some will use filters, some will use other apps to edit the photo to make it look better. Then we see people who are in incredible shape, looking amazing and what do we do? We compare.

There are a few good reasons why we shouldn’t do this, but we do. Karen who is a Mum of 2, will look at a fitness model and think that she isn’t good enough. John who works nights will compare himself to a men’s physique competitor and feel that he isn’t good enough. My point here is not to compare yourself to what you see on social media. The people you are probably comparing to, don’t have a 9-5 job, two kids and have to cook their own meals. They work flexible hours, can train when they want, have no children and a nutritionist or meal company cooking their meals for them. Not forgetting the professional cameraman who takes their photos, in the right lighting to make them look better and the posing techniques they use to get the right angle. What you see isn’t always reality. There is nothing wrong with looking up to these people and being inspired by them just don’t compare yourself to them as everyone’s circumstances are different. Here is a great quote to go by:

How can you apply this? Below are some tips on how you can make the most of your current situation, when it comes to health and fitness.

  • Plan your week. What days you can exercise and what type of exercise you will do on that day.
  • Focus on your own progress, not anyone else’s.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend scrolling on social media each day
  • Reward yourself and be proud of the little improvements you make
  • Track your daily calories and drink at least 2L of water a day
  • Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Aim to exercise for 30 minutes x 5 days a week
  • Don’t make drastic cut to your diet but reduce and consume in moderation
  • Listen to your body, give yourself a rest day if you really need it

Remember, doing some form or exercise is better than doing nothing. I’m sure you’ve heard some of these before but it’s worth reminding that if you follow the above consistently, you will start to see change.

For more fitness tips, workout videos and training, check out my Instagrampage @nicky__fitness and my website for more information www.nicky-fitness.com.



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