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Too often we wait for the perfect time with our health and fitness, however, this all-or-nothing thinking very seldom gets us anywhere.

If you are waiting for the perfect time to start eating better, exercise, finally get in shape ... some of these phrases may sound familiar…

My family needs me
There’s too much going on
I’m too old - I’m too tired
When I feel less clumsy in the gym
When I lose 10lbs
Tomorrow - Monday - next week.......

You’ve got an excuse for everything and you’ve been holding on to these excuses for years now and they just roll off the tongue.

We are always waiting for the perfect time, but why?

For some, it helps avoid the real hard work of doing it. For others, avoiding starting can be a protection against any possibility of future embarrassment or failure. We tell ourselves it shouldn’t be this way, everyone else has it easier - but it is the same way for everyone, stop waiting for the right time - time isn't waiting for you.

However, there is a perfect moment - and that is now, because right now is all you ever have.

Start at the beginning

If you’re not taking steps forward, you’re actually moving backwards. Starting means taking action, it means committing to a choice of some kind or another. As long as something is moving, that’s a start. One moment will stack on top of another and before you know it, you’ll have arrived at your destination.

Try these tips to help you start taking action.

1) Revise your expectations. Recognise that there is no perfect time and there never will be. There is only now.

2) Carve out time. Even if it’s imperfect, give yourself permission to make yourself and your fitness and health goals a priority.

3.) Just start. Just do something, anything. Find the smallest possible thing you can do right now and do it.

4.) Expect resistance. This doesn’t mean it won’t work. You only have to get through this moment - which will be the hardest, but it won’t last long.

5.) Get support. Start building your support systems. Whether it’s a friend or family member, workout buddy, or a coach, find someone that will be there for you to offer you support and accountability.

We keep thinking that there’s this perfect time in the future. We think that we’ll be in ideal health, our bank account will be just right etc. The reality is that the future is now. Now is all there is. That’s it.
There are no guarantees for the future. The greatest risk of all?

The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

Making change on your own is hard. If it was easy, you would have done it by now. It can be helpful to have some structure around starting something new. Being held accountable for your actions can also lead to greater results.

If you would like some extra support and accountability around your nutrition and fitness why not get in contact with us here at activate.ie.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.

MAKE OUR WORLD SAFER AWARD

Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven

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The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.

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