Arvind Ashok: Fitness & Nutrition Simplified

Get Fit With Arv — A Foundation For Fitness

We’ve set our goals. We’ve hope­fully iden­ti­fied a big­ger prob­lem (pain) and iden­ti­fied a cor­rec­tion mech­a­nism by vis­it­ing a doc­tor or a physio. Let’s con­tinue gear­ing up for change, and we come to one of the most impor­tant things — the dif­fer­ence between suc­cess and fail­ure — build­ing a sup­port sys­tem. I’ve writ­ten about this ear­lier, but it bears repeating.

I’ve real­ized how big a tru­ism it is, while going through my injury hell. My pri­mary focus has been a bit self­ish — get my leg bet­ter. And this has meant that I don’t pull my weight in a lot of things. When con­trasted with expe­ri­ences of other folks (who fail), who either skip on reha­bil­i­ta­tion from injury or fail in their jour­ney to get­ting fit, there’s two things that will make the dif­fer­ence. One is your men­tal atti­tude. The sec­ond, the folks who you sur­round your­self with. And the lat­ter obvi­ously influ­ences the first.

I am not big on PDA, and this is as close as it gets. I am extremely grate­ful to my wife, my friends, my busi­ness part­ner, The Quad Squad, and my fam­ily who’ve been awe­some in putting up with me. From dri­ving me around, to eas­ing my work­load, and being under­stand­ing when I don’t take part in usual activ­i­ties — they’ve been immense. And this lets me focus on my knee.

Your sup­port sys­tem is truly your foun­da­tion for fit­ness, for a health­ier life. You can set all the fancy goals you want — no junk food, will go walk­ing every­day let’s say. But if your jack­ass friend comes home with dark choco­late milk­shakes from Sandy’s, how many times can you have a star­ing con­test with that deli­cious­ness and come out on top? Or if your fam­ily keeps bring­ing you glo­ri­ous sweets to “help you feel bet­ter”. Sure, they have good inten­tions, but you got to do what is best for you. So, here’s what you are gonna do,

  • Ask for help where you need it. If you don’t want to eat junk food, don’t stock it. And ask your friends/family who drop by to not bring any. It could be as sim­ple as this, or “Can you wake me up at 6am every­day?” — what­ever help you need.
  • Find a sup­port­ing cir­cle who will moti­vate you, and not mock you if you fail/slip. If you find some­one mak­ing fun of you when you tell them your fit­ness goal, smack them in the face. Or well, at least, stay away from them. They are poi­son to your goal.
  • Be account­able. Find some­one who will be hon­est, and not cod­dle you. Set mea­sur­able tar­gets, and let them give you feed­back. If they think you can do bet­ter, eval­u­ate it, and fig­ure out how to.
  • Remem­ber, this is not just about effort. At the end of the day, it is about results. Not nec­es­sar­ily num­bers, but results nonetheless.
  • Be part of a “get fit” com­mu­nity. It helps to know there are other peo­ple out there going through some­thing sim­i­lar. You can learn from them, be moti­vated by them, and moti­vate them!
  • Find a work­out part­ner, and make sure they are equally moti­vated. Or you can find mul­ti­ple work­out part­ners — what­ever suits you. Make sure all of this is aid­ing you. Which means you got to keep mea­sur­ing progress.
  • It is not just elite ath­letes who need a sup­port sys­tem. Fig­ure this out over this week!

The video doesn’t have any­thing to do with this post. But you should check it out, won­drous piece of skill by Robin Van Persie!

Clichés exist for a rea­son, coz they are so frickin’ right. You are who you sur­round your­self with. And in this case too, you can only achieve your goal if you are men­tally ready for it, and you have the right group of peo­ple who want the same thing you want. Take this seri­ously, coz it is the dif­fer­ence between suc­cess and failure.

  • Sujatha

    I had the exact same problem..My exact same fancy goals set and there comes hubby with pas­tries on his b’day.. and what about fes­ti­val days ? How do you tackle them?

  • arv43

    Spe­cial days do come occa­sion­ally. Do indulge a bit on those days but what you do on the other days is what is impor­tant. For more on that,