The other night I was sat in my kitchen talking to my mate Jamie about how important it is to enjoy the journey of getting in shape ‘cos the harsh reality is the journey never ends . . . ever.

If you want to be strong, fit and healthy you’re never going to wake up and be like “boss, that’s me done – I never have to train again”.

I started lifting weights and tracking my food well over 10 years ago and I still wake up every day and get on with it.

Even if you have the body of your dreams you still have to train hard and eat well to keep it that way.

So two of the best things you can do are…

1. Learn to integrate the basics into your daily life

Training and eating well should just become something that you do, just like you get up and go to work, make it a part of your lifestyle – permanently.

That’s not to say it has to become your WHOLE life but it should remain a constant part of it otherwise you’re guaranteed to spend your time on this earth fluctuating between in shape and out of shape and let me tell you that is much harder, much more frustrating and much more problematic to your health and mental wellbeing than just making training and eating well a mainstay in your life.

2. Realise that you’re constantly just correcting course

When you drive a car you can’t just set off then whack your hands behind your head and enjoy the ride.

You need to be concentrating, hands on the steering wheel making constant little turns and adjustments so you actually arrive at your desired destination.

It’s the same when you’re trying to get in shape, you can’t just start a training program or a diet plan then sit back and relax, you have to keep your eyes on the road.

You have to concentrate.

You have to keep making little adjustments (changing your calorie targets, altering your training program etc.) so you can make sure you’re heading the right direction.

So basically my message today is…

You’re always going to be on this journey so slow down (stop looking for quick fixes) and find ways to enjoy it and make it part of your daily life.