Here’s New Body Plan co-founder Joe Warner on why the perfect time to start working towards a stronger, leaner and fitter body is right now
If I had a £1 for every time someone said to me that they’d love to lose a bit of weight and get into better shape, but there’s “no point” starting now, I’d be a very rich man. It’s always a variation of this common theme: that it makes more sense to them to wait until they have more time or more energy or more money or more motivation or more meh, meh, meh.
Now, I find that logic completely bonkers – and that’s what I’ve said to everyone who has bought into the “I’m waiting for the perfect time” BS. All it is is a tactic to delay taking that first step, and that’s a big mistake.
Why? Because you can make a huge difference to the way you look and feel in just eight weeks. It’s true, because I’ve witnessed it first hand: that’s how long it took my colleague Jon Lipsey to go from clinically overweight to Men’s Fitness cover model.
The perfect problem
It’s a decent chunk of time in which anyone – yes, I’m looking at you – can make massive changes to their physical and mental health. But this is where time becomes the problem. It seems we humans are programmed to think in specific blocks of time. Days and weeks, months and years, birthdays and bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. Our lives are seemingly governed, planned and remembered around arbitrary days and dates. Here’s an example, and be honest: how many times have you said to yourself, or someone else, that “the diet starts Monday”? We’ve all done it, right?
But waiting for the “perfect time” to act – whether that’s starting a new exercise routine, learning a language or instrument, or applying for your dream job – is the single-biggest reason why so many of us never achieve those genuinely-attainable ambitions that would have a life-changing impact on our health, happiness and well-being.
Seize the day!
The truth is that the best time to start working towards your goal was yesterday, because you’d have already taken that first step, which is always the hardest. So that means the next best time is NOW! Today! Don’t worry, your first move doesn’t have to be big or dramatic. It can be as simple and easy as signing up to a new training programme.
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You’ve got this!
Ultimately the sooner you start the easier it is, and the one thing I do know with 100% certainty is that if you keep waiting for the perfect time to start then you’re going to be waiting forever.