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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

We recently posted some amazing transformations on our social media pages.

It's not something we do much of, even though amazing transformations are happening all the time at Activate. There's a good reason we don't post them all the time, as they only tell a very tiny part of the story.

Here's the thing; seeing a transformation photo is impressive, it's motivating, and it's a testament to the client's hard work. But between a 'before' and 'after' photo, there are a period of days, weeks, months, and years of effort, consistency, frustration, failures, successes, and hardships that you don't see.

It's the boring stuff that won't sell magazines, diet books, or coaching programmes. It's the unsexy stuff - the day to day grind type stuff.

But it matters.

And that's where progress happens – in that unsexy, boring gap.

It's saying no to an extra bowl of dessert. It's going to the gym even when you don't feel like going. It's reminding yourself daily of your goals and why you're making this change even when progress seems slow, and motivation has quietly slipped out the door.

I'm reminded of a quote from Tucker Max that eloquently sums this up:

"Let's say you want to win this archery trophy. That trophy is the most important thing to you. So how do you get it? You have to be good at archery first in order to hit the bullseye and ultimately get the trophy, right? And how do you get good at archery? By focusing on archery, not on the trophy.

That's the paradox; you're so focused on the outcome that you never learn to enjoy the process, which ultimately sets you up for failure. But if you focus on archery (the process), you're more likely to hit the target and win the trophy.

THE PROCESS

Focus on the process, and you'll reach your goal. Focus on the goal, and you'll compromise the learning process and ultimately come up short. Whether you win the trophy or not is irrelevant — the process is what matters."

Meaning: Don't focus on the result instead, focus on the process that will move you towards becoming that person.

And that's the paradox of goals: You can't achieve the end goal without first becoming the person who's capable of reaching the end goal.

If you only ever focus on the outcome, you'll forever be disappointed and discouraged - no amount of progress will ever be good enough. Who cares if you've lost 5kgs, have more energy, and your clothes fit better? You really want to lose 20kgs, and nothing else matters.

Instead of the before and after, focus on the gap between those two points - the day to day process. Put in the work, no matter how small. You do those things for a year - and that's how results happen.

The proper guidance takes you from where you are right now to where you want to be in the most efficient manner possible. It shows you precisely what you need to do (and not do) to achieve your goal.

If you are looking for guidance, we have a limited number of spaces available currently at Activate. Visit our website (www.activate.ie) to book a complimentary consult today.

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Top tips for autumn health and fitness

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness We’ve found Activate clients usually like to refocus on their goals as summer draws to a close, so here are some tips for autumn health and fitness. Something about the season change always motivates people to create a routine that usually lasts from now until the holidays. With all […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

We’ve found Activate clients usually like to refocus on their goals as summer draws to a close, so here are some tips for autumn health and fitness.

Something about the season change always motivates people to create a routine that usually lasts from now until the holidays.

With all the change and flux over the past 18 months, your routine might be a little different this year. However, that’s no reason to avoid revisiting your goals. As always, we’re here to help. At Activate we’re challenging ourselves to do Goal Review Sessions with as many members as possible in the next six weeks.
We’d love to sit down with you to make a plan. If there are any new challenges in your life – working from home, lack of child care, etc – we can help you find ways to prioritise your health and fitness.

Here are a few simple things to keep making progress:

1. Schedule your workouts

Things are going to get busy in September so pull out your calendar and schedule your workouts. Once you have them booked, treat them like important appointments that can’t be moved. This is key to building your routine as kids go back to school and job stress increases.

2. Get fitness out of the way earlier in the day

Most people find that getting a workout in early in the day “sets them up”. This can be true, but having that non-negotiable time is vital regardless of whether its morning or evening. If you tend to get to the afternoon slump and the idea of a workout slips down the list of priorities and sometimes doesn’t happen at all, start working out before work and stop it becoming an issue!

3. Pack your gym bag the night before

This is a small thing, but it’s super effective. If you’re scrambling in the morning, the kids are crazy, and you’re running late, you might say “forget it” to fitness if you have to pack a bag. But if it’s sitting by the door, all you have to do is grab it. Better yet, put it in the car, so there’s no chance you forget it. An emergency measure: Always leave some “backup” clean workout gear and shoes in the car or at the office, so you’re covered if you ever forget the gym bag.

4. Prioritise nutrition and rest

If you’re feeling burned out, you can do wonders for your health just by eating well and getting a little extra sleep. Resist the urge to order the 10pm pizza. Get healthy meals planned and then get to bed on time – or even earlier if you’re feeling run down. If you absolutely can’t find time to work out, sleep and nutrition become even more important.

5. Get some healthy snacks

Many trips through the drive-through are caused by hunger and desperation. You can often avoid them by getting some healthy options in place so you’re prepared when hunger strikes. Maybe keep a box of low-sugar, high-protein bars at the office, or put a few healthy frozen meals on an “emergency shelf” in the freezer. You can always keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand, but a few non-perishable backups will help you double down on healthy eating when time is tight.

6. Tell your coach how you’re doing

We are here for you! If you’re having a great day, let us know. If you’re struggling, we want to know about that too because communication is critical. This will help us tailor our service to give you exactly what you need each day.

Now is the best time of year to set yourself up for solid routine as winter draws closer. If the pandemic has thought us anything, it’s that health and fitness should be an integral part of our lives.

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Universal Contour Body Wrap

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio After the busy warm summer, the kids are now back to school so you might have a little extra time for some constructive pampering. Having a body wrap can be amazing for your skin, and also for inch loss and detoxing. If you’re looking for a […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

After the busy warm summer, the kids are now back to school so you might have a little extra time for some constructive pampering.

Having a body wrap can be amazing for your skin, and also for inch loss and detoxing. If you’re looking for a treat now that you have time as you are back to a routine, this might be the thing for you. With our renowned body wrap, you will be covered in sea clay from head to toe. The clay itself contains bentonite for excellent draining properties, magnesium sulphate for stimulation and exfoliation, magnesium chloride combats stress and fluid retention, zinc oxide which is anti-inflammatory, and sodium chloride for tightening skin.

It’s hypoallergenic, not tested on animals and all natural ingredients. It can be very healing on skin suffering from psoriasis or eczema, with stretch marks or loose sagging skin from losing weight or having a baby. It’s also suitable for both men and women that are looking to kick start a weight loss programme or just a feel-good treatment.

Along with clay, we use a specific wrapping technique with bandages, to lift and tighten the skin and help to contour the body shape. Also, there are electrical straps with a faradic current stimulating blood flow to aid excretion of toxins which helps the anti-cellulite effect and detoxification process. Anyone that has ever tried to lose a few pounds or diet knows that a good detox sets you up to lose weight more efficiently. Finally, you are cocooned in a heated blanket, to help you sweat out any excess toxins. The heat of the blanket helps to open the pores and allows the active sea clay go in and absorb the toxins at a deeper level. Overall it is a very enjoyable and effective treatment.

There is a specific three-day detox to follow directly after having the wrap. For more information or to book an appointment, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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