I have very little self-motivation. That is why when I was looking to join a gym in Miami, I wanted to find one that, beyond having the classes and equipment that I wanted, there were also personal trainers that could help me stay focused. The gym I ended up choosing was the one where the trainer told me that he couldn’t help me with that.
I know that doesn’t sound like much of a sales pitch, and he knew it too, but that was just to be sure he had my attention. He told me that the only way to become successful at living a healthy lifestyle was to make it a habit. He pointed out that almost everything we do on a regular basis now we used to not. But one day we started, the next day we repeated it, and soon it became part of who we are, so much so that we do it without noticing.
He said that health and fitness require the same thing, and that was when he explained the concept of NoDaysOFF. It means exactly like what it sounds like; that I would have to pay attention every day to what I was doing. That meant monitoring what I ate, focusing on taking the stairs instead of the elevator, stretching out to keep my muscles loose and my body flexible.
“Obviously I’m not going to be there with you 24/7,” he pointed out, so the commitment had to come from myself. But by having to be accountable to him, it made me look forward to doing what I could every day, just so I could tell him about it during my next personal training session.