Your Fitness: The best time to start | Waterford News & Star – Waterford News and Star

Young fitness woman doing her fitness routine in the park.
Alas, contrary to belief – there is never a good time to start – there is only the decision. The decision whether you are going to start or not, and moving forward with conviction. The problem with waiting for the best time to start is… it doesn’t really exist. If anything – the longer we wait for action, the more difficult our pursuit may become.
There are a plethora of reasons not to start but there are usually a much more meaningful number of reasons why you should.
Currently it is roughly eight weeks to January. To a lot of people – January is the “best time”. The best time to take control of their life and start prioritising their goals. Until then, they have given themselves free reign to take it easy. That is eight weeks of digging a hole deeper than the one they so desperately want to climb out of. If you were to break this logic down with my best attempt at an analogy, I will try to get my point across below.
Each week in your job, you must complete two deadlines a week in order to remain on track with workload. With each deadline you miss – that deadline is added to the consequent week’s to do list. It is eight weeks to January, which means there are 16 deadlines that need to be completed by then. Ask yourself, are you going to try your best and make sure these deadlines are completed on time or are you going to wait until January and endure the overwhelming pressure and likely poor quality of work that will come with such an arduous task of 16 deadlines to catch up on last minute.
While we can sometimes work under pressure, this does not lend itself particularly well – especially when it comes to sticking to your fitness goals long term and learning how to maintain a healthy balance when it comes to your goals. So ask yourself again – would you rather use these eight weeks as efficiently as you can to get ahead of the January crew? If yes, it doesn’t have to be much – even small efforts done consistently over the next eight weeks can be pivotal when it comes to having a stronger foundation to push from when we get to January and the fitness fanatics are in full swing!
The run up to Christmas can be busy, and it can be stressful. I get that. This is why I am advocating towards a little and often approach for those who are feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. At the end of the day, effort is what is going to accumulate over time when it comes to results. Making an effort little and often as we get closer to January is going to put you in a much more advantageous position, both physically and psychologically, when all is said and done and the hype begins in the new year. This is your chance, take the head start!
Today marks my 100th contribution (to my knowledge!) in the Waterford News & Star! To those that read my work, I hope you have found my weekly rambles useful. I am a lifelong learner so any feedback is always welcome should you feel obliged to contact me through email or other socials that I have attached below. I hope everyone is taking some value and possibly having a laugh at my occasional attempts to add some humour into the mix. I will finish with an old Chinese proverb which I am very fond of – it resonates quite well with the topic at hand!
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
Lastly, I would also like to clarify that I am not a registered dietician. All advice disclosed here is simply advisory based on my qualifications as a fitness professional and personal experience and knowledge gained working with individuals and helping them reach their goals. The advice given is not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem – nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.
I hope someone out there found some of this information useful here, just some food for thought. For any questions in relation to this topic or training, nutrition, etc. or for coaching inquiries simply message me on my business page on Instagram @coachedbycashel_ or by email – [email protected]