The key to any new change, habit or lifestyle lies in two words: Behaviour Change.
This matters more than your type of diet, your choice of workout or your level of “will power”. I know this because I have trained and supervised thousands of client workouts and continue to work with my staff to gain results for their clients.
I heard a quote once that basically said that if there was a miracle pill, or specific diet or exercise regime that would guarantee results to all people. Oprah would own it!! Unfortunately, this is not the case.
What is true is that changing your habits and routines surrounding food and exercise will greatly increase your chances of success.
Living in Toronto we are blessed with a never-ending supply of gyms, classes, outdoor facilities and trainers. We have access to all types of restaurants geared to all types of dietary needs and information overload when it comes to diet and exercise. This is not an overwhelming thing, it is a fantastic thing!!! Why, because the only way your behaviour is going to change for the positive is, if you love (whole heartedly) what you do. We hear this message everyday when it comes to our careers; the same applies for health and wellness. The gym right beside your house isn’t not going to meet your needs and foster your goals if you 1) hate the classes that they offer and 2)the clientele makes you want to wear a parka to avoid the judgemental stares!!!!
Maybe instead you try out the new Hot Pilates studio 20 mins from your house and you become absolutely addicted.
You could end up taking the bootcamp your neighbour is running because it is cheap and she ends up cancelling more than it runs!
Or, you invest a little more in the boutique yoga studio or Crossfit trainer that you can’t wait to book your (reliable) next appointment.
Don’t force yourself to do something you hate, you are setting yourself up for failure. Create a habit of attending classes or a gym you love, surround yourself with like minded people and wipe out the social gatherings that focus more on sitting and eating bad-for-you-food and replace them with active social gatherings or do some research and suggest meeting places that align with your dietary needs.
Change and identify your triggers because you are setting yourself up for a lifestyle change designed specifically for you and your life.
Honour your desires, work with your body not against it and remember to be as supportive to yourself as you would to your best friend!!!!
Amber Collins lives in Oshawa, Ontario where she lives with her three kids and husband. As a health and fitness expert with over 15yrs in the industry Amber’s passion lies in guiding all types to improved health and weight loss through Plant Based nutrition and individualized fitness routines.
Amber has been responsible for guiding many clients to meet their goals and continues to support her own staff to guide thousands more every year.
Amber enjoys introducing the new comers to plant based nutrition as well as the seasoned fitness enthusiasts. She also makes the best Vegan Chocolate chip Cookies in the GTA.
Follow her at @TheVeganHouse to explore the world of plant based passion in the real world setting!