We Want Everything Now
We live in an age of being able to have everything within an instant. Want to know who created the paper clip? Easy, 10 seconds later you know with a simple google search. Want food delivered to your door? Easy, there’s an app to do just that. Want Sushi at 2 am? No problem, there are 24 hour Sushi places now. I want that dress, cool, ordered online before 9 pm it’s at your door the next day.
This isn’t our fault that this is the way life is now, it is a result of technological advances within many industries that for the most part definitely improved the way we live our lives and has improved upon many industries making them better for us.
However, I feel it is having an impact on the fitness industry.
Hear me out…
Because of the changes in technology allowing us to have everything at the end of our fingertips like the scenarios I mentioned above, we have lost the ability to be able to wait for things, or our ability to be patient has lessened I think and most of all we have lost the ability or desire to work hard for something.
It is now a frustration at not being able to have your package from Amazon delivered ‘Prime’ having it the next day, or a classic example in this day and age is of people creating a business of some sort and launching everything, including social media accounts and having a good go at it for 2 or three weeks and when they aren’t making £100,000 a month with 20,000 followers are annoyed and feel like they should have that success because they have done it for 2 to 3 weeks and give up.
And this has crept into the fitness industry, especially when talking about body composition changes.
It is too easy in 2019 to go online, go on social media and see the body type we want and see someone else with it and want it now. There are a few things wrong with this…
- Remember I have previously spoken about the issue with social media that:
A) Context is missing
B) Reality is altered
(If you missed my blog on this previously here is the link…)
2. Depending on the person, you are only seeing the end result of a lot of hard work. This always brings me to the analogy of the “IceBerg of Success”
So now what happens within the fitness industry is that people will decide to make a change to their body composition for two to three weeks where they may see some good results where they drop a good amount of weight.
However, once the third or fourth-week starts and the weight only goes down a little and then there may be a plateau, then too often than not people get frustrated that the results aren’t happening NOW and that they don’t look like they want to NOW and so give up.
We are losing the ability to be patient and work hard for something.
Here are some methods to combat this.
1. Respect The Process
It didn’t take 3 weeks for you to have the current body composition you have now or the
current postural issues you have now. So it won’t take 3 weeks to change them.
You have to respect the process you are undertaking, trust what you are doing will help
achieve the results you want.
2. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
Remember how I spoke about last week that there is no perfect diet, that we are all individual and you need to find what works best for you? Same applies here. So what Jenny from accounts is doing Spin and losing weight. You hate Spin. You like lifting weights and are more likely to adhere to that long term.
3. Review, Adapt, Learn and Grow
Okay, so improvements have stalled a little. There hasn’t been an improvement at your last two measurements or weigh-ins. No problem. What happens now is you review what you have been doing. Adapt and make small changes to produce a different result. See if that works…learn and grow as a result of it.
Remember ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’
Dam! I know, I know!! Its cliche and I did so well not using this all to easy saying this whole time. But it is too relevant not too. Forgive me.