I don’t know about y’all, but everywhere I go (mostly online) I’m seeing something or another related to health and fitness. Most days, it’s inspiring and empowering. And sometimes, it’s overwhelming and a little too much.

To be 100% honest, I do focus quite a bit on my health and fitness. I work out 5x a week, I strength train, I try to eat the right amount of protein every day, etc.

But I’m in the “I want to look strong but also like I have fun sometimes” boat!

And this is where the power of longer term thinking comes into play.

I am a firm believer that no one day truly means anything when you look at the long game of health and fitness. Just like no one meal or really day(s) of meals defines our kids and their long term health/food choices.

Looking at patterns and averages over the course of time is POWERFUL!

To illustrate this, I’m going to share a simple example from my own life.

My goal is to get anywhere between 8-10k steps a day (with an aim for the higher end of this range). This means I want to get anywhere from 56k-70k steps a week.

When I expand the lens from a daily one to a weekly one, I’m waaaaay more likely to stay consistent with my daily movement. Personally, I also find the idea of a weekly step count more fun and game like, which also helps me keep it up. It also takes the pressure off of accomplishing my goal every single day because…well, life happens!

This idea can be applied to our meals, protein goals, workouts, etc.

Health is not a point in time thing…it’s something we should think about and embrace over (longer period of) time.

By Parita

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