Jack's Journal: Consistency


Join us for a new blog series from our lead trainer, Jack! Twice each month he'll be sharing his thoughts, tips, and advice with you on a various number of topics. In this first blog, he reflects on consistency.


When I reflect on this year and how it has gone for me, I think about all of the changes I’ve had to make. I know I am not alone in my efforts to adapt to this strangely unique time. We all have, in some way or another, had to “pivot” this year.

The age-old expression "when life hands you lemons..." is the perfect embodiment of the word “pivot”. It means to make the best of an unexpected opportunity. 2020 was a year full of lemons, so what did I do? I challenged myself. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I competed in my first-ever race, I set many new personal records in my training, and stayed committed to my health and wellness.

Many people struggle to look after themselves because they are so often looking out for loved ones. I would challenge those people to be more attentive to themselves, to make time for themselves. I would challenge them to be consistent in their health and wellness goals.

For years, I have struggled in the fight against anxiety and depression. I’d like to think I have it mostly under control, and it is because I take time out of my day to pause and focus on me and my health. It’s going to sound cliche coming from a personal trainer, but one of the major motivators in my life has been exercise. Especially during these weird, changing times- it is something I can consistently count on.

The end of an old year and the beginning of a new one typically makes us introspect on our goals and what is important to us. Find something that you’ve been wanting to do. It may be losing weight, it may be getting stronger, or it may be keeping the blues away during these gray winter months. Whatever it is, find a goal related to health and wellness that you can be consistent with, and be consistent with it! Try it a little bit every day, or every other day. Don’t give up on it. Whatever the goal you’re trying to achieve this new year, keep at it and give yourself some time. The result will be sweeter than lemonade.

If you’d like help setting and achieving your health and wellness goals, please contact Jack Zahn at jack@trifitnesswbl.com to set up an appointment.

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