My kids love Lego. I loved Lego as a kid. I love that my boys love Lego. Now even my daughter loves Lego, too. I love my kids. We can spend hours building one on rainy days. Some Lego sets are so large, we spends a few hours on multiple days building the set from start to finish. We even have one set, the “Death Star”, that we built a little at a time over several months. Now they spend hours enjoying and playing with them. The whole process is a lot like accomplishing one's fitness goals.
If you have never built Lego before, the idea may take a quick explanation. Every set comes with instructions. Each step in the instruction book includes a picture and list of the exact pieces you will need for that step and an illustration of how they fit together. Each step builds on he last step. With each step you get the next list of pieces and you see how they connect to the existing structure. This is not unlike the precision one should take in designing their fitness program. The structure you are building is your fitness goal. Each step is the equivalent of the exercise program for the day. Each life of the step is the equivalent of the particular exercise to perform.
A key factor on this process is defining your goal at the beginning. When you buy a Lego set, you are purchasing a jumble of pieces because they help you complete the finished product you see pictured on the box. When you get the box home and open it, a bunch of loose pieces fall out. When you walk into a gym there are literally hundreds of exercises and combinations of exercises you can do. The issue is to combine them into a program that you can execute quickly and efficiently to accomplish the goal in the front of your own box. Much of the time you can't see how these lose pieces will turn to the picture on the box. That's why you need that end picture to keep you focused. As you put the pieces together, or go through your exercise sessions, you have to make sure not to lose site of that end goal. Some days are hard. You may not see the end goal infuse current state of the structure, but as you add more pieces or rather string together your sessions, your end goal will start to take shape. If you think you will need help creating the right set of instructions, or program design, consider hiring a New York City personal trainer. If personal training is not your desire, then maybe your program design will consist of pilates or yoga.
Built to last for hours of fun and enjoyment. Building a healthy lifestyle for years of enjoyment and good quality of life. Once you build a Lego set, now you get to have fun playing with it. Hours of fun for days on end. It is just like when you have reached your goal weight and are enjoying your new lifestyle. But, don't get too comfortable. There will always be maintenance work needed. Pieces get loose, pieces fall off. Sometimes you might accidentally break it. This is not much different from the maintenance phase of your training. You need to keep going to the gym if you want to maintain your current level of health. Some days will be better than others. Expect that once in while you may have an interruption in your routine. Realize that the only way to get back to your goal weight is to break out the instructions again. Call up your NYC personal trainer and get some sessions scheduled. Like Lego, if you wait too long, the pieces get lost and it is harder to find them and rebuild the set.
As a child you may never have thought about how your love of Lego could parallel your fitness program. As a parent watching your kids build that spaceship or car to completion and then giving 100% in the gym it becomes a weird observation that makes sense. Both take work, focus, and commitment before you can enjoy all of the benefits.