The sky’s the limit as long—as you focus on one step at a time
Courtesy RJ Kayser As a teenager, RJ Kayser would sit for hours on the couch binging on TV and chips. Then Kayser discovered a passion for basketball and decided to train to make the high school team. Not only did he change his body, his love for fitness led him to train for Canada’s Natural Strongest Man competition. He placed eighth, and is now a coach for Olorin Nutrition. “Snowball small successes into bigger victories. Write down small tasks to complete daily, or plan your goal out for however many days per week you can handle to start out. Cross your daily mini-goal off when you’ve completed it and give yourself a win for the day: actually write a big W on the page or in the app,” he says. “Psychologically, these wins will build momentum and confidence in your self and as the mini-goals become easier for you to complete you can increase the challenge or add a second goal to cross off each day.”
Think about your relationship with fitness like you would a marriage
Courtesy Brian Shell
After losing weight once as a teen, author Brian Shell found himself overweight again as an adult. After walking away from his successful engineering career, he discovered a love of writing and a new sense of hope that helped him get into better shape—and stay there. The approach that worked best for Shell was treating fitness like you would a romantic relationship: Every little bit of effort adds up. “Park farther away because every step counts on your inner pedometer,” Shell says. “Take the stairs—it really does improve your breathing and cardio. Carry your bags instead of pushing a cart. As a result of making daily mundane activities harder, you get stronger, so does the marriage to your own fitness. Nurture the relationship to make it better. That’s a good thing, and the smile in the mirror is earned,” he says.