Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
Like most of us, I have a pretty long list of things I wish I’d known when I was younger. Lessons that would have saved me lots of time, aggravation and money. As I’ve gotten older I have managed to make the list smaller by only keeping the items that have the most impact. One of those items is “sustainability.”
Sustainability forces you to look at the big picture, not just what your desired outcome should be. It demands that you implement changes to your current lifestyle in order to achieve your goals. The curious thing is that it forces you to examine every single step so you are assured they are realistic and manageable in order for you to see your desired results.
Sometimes we fail because in spite of how strong our will and resolve are, we have chosen methods that are not realistic for us. The best example I can share is these quick weight loss systems that encourage you to simply drink a shake, or eat a cookie. As intelligent individuals we clearly see the flaw in this system, but our emotional side overrules logic and suddenly we are spending money and time on this promise of weight loss.
By implementing the question of sustainability you quickly find that although you can get results eating only cookies, you cannot maintain this system for a long healthy life. The same holds true for a variety of programs or exercise equipment. I for one cannot be trusted to do any type of exercise routine at home. It’s for this reason that I no longer own a treadmill. I have to physically leave my house to run, or else I will just step off the treadmill and lay on the couch.
Knowing your goals and carefully choosing the most sustainable path for you to achieve them is paramount to your success. For your health and life.
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