I was feeling all nostalgic on a recent weekend break to a place I spent many happy childhood holidays. As I was sipping my coffee, I could see a place where my Brother and I would play endless games of pool and he would also draw huge pictures of Garfield in the sand of the village square and I thought to myself, if I could go back in time and give myself some advice what would I say? Here are 5 things that would be at the top of my list:
1. Study to do something you love - I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school, but I knew what I loved to do as a hobby. If only I had put two and two together all those years ago, I could have been doing a job I love and am passionate about for so much longer, but, the silver lining here is that it's never too late. The penny dropped, I studied and now I'm doing it!!
2. Stop worrying about what other people think - it only holds you back. You're never going to please all the people all of the time, so stop trying. As a wise-person once said "The people that mind don't matter and the people that matter don't mind"
3. Don't be afraid to ask for help - this is true on so many levels, but for me, I thought I could, and should do everything on my own career-wise, and that it was a sign of weakness to ask for help, it's not. I've only learned this fairly recently but now I've reached out, invested in myself and wonderful things are happening as a result.
4. Don't worship the sun - no explanation needed here!
5. Stop focusing on cardio - of course, there had to be something in here related to strength training, but I bang on about it all the time so thought it could patiently wait until number 5!
For far too long I thought cardio alone was the path to the results I wanted. I spent YEARS hammering it on a treadmill at the gym and jumping around my sitting room like a grasshopper on speed, with promises of getting in the best shape of my life echoing in my ears! And while my fitness levels were sky-high, I was constantly disappointed because those promises of 'the best shape of my life' just weren't materialising. Then, the eureka moment came! Weights! Pure, unadulterated weightlifting, and I've never looked back. Please understand, I'm not knocking cardio, and I still indulge in it, but when it comes to body composition and sculpting a strong, lean figure, that will look after your well into your latter years, you can't go wrong with a good, old-fashioned, regular weight training program...coupled with complimentary nutrition of course!
If you could go back and give you younger self some advice, what would it be?