The other day I watched the Tom Cruise film “Edge of Tomorrow”, again.
It’s been a while since I last watched it and I forgot how good it was.
As I was watching it I realised how the storyline of the film is closely linked to health & fitness (and why many people don’t achieve their goals).
I’ll tell you about this similarity in one moment…
But first, let me introduce the story.
Tom’s character William Cage finds himself in the middle of a war zone in a fight between the humans and these creepy alien-robot things.
He’s a total rookie. Massively unprepared for the fight and no idea what he’s let himself in for.
Unsurprisingly, he’s dead within 5 minutes.
But, before he died he managed to kill a “special” alien. One of the head-honchos.
And doing so gave him some sort of weird power to re-live the day, kind of like Bill Murray in the film “Groundhog Day”.
So sure enough he gets another chance to re-live the day. A chance to start over.
But what happens?
Yup. Dead within 5 minutes again. And again and again.
Every time he repeats the day he dies.
Why? Because he was doing the same thing every day but expecting a different result, namely not to be killed by the alien.
This sequence repeats many times before he finally starts to adjust his approach and stay alive.
Realising his approach wasn’t working, he learns to adapt. He starts to formulate a plan and makes more progress day upon day.
But he can only get so far on his own.
No matter what he does he just can’t prevent the aliens ‘winning’, and still eventually dies.
But instead of giving up (like most people would) he decides to seek help from an experienced alien killer (Emily Blunt).
She’s got more experience than him and can guide him to success, which she does.
But I won’t say another more than that because it will spoil the film for you if you haven’t seen it!
So why am I sharing this with you today? And what’s the link between this film and achieving your health & fitness goals?
Well, the truth is that many people act in the same way as Tom when trying to lose weight or improve their health, fitness and body shape.
Perhaps you too are doing the same?
– Performing the same workout every time you go to the gym and expecting your body to change.
– Eating the same unhealthy foods every day and wondering why you’re not losing weight.
– Staying up late watching TV, mindlessly munching on snacks and wondering why your waistline is expanding.
– Skipping meals in an attempt to lose weight and getting frustrated when the scales are creeping up rather than down.
I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea…
Essentially, if nothing changes, nothing changes.
“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
Which, if you’re reading this, is probably average results at best. You have to do something different if you want a different result.
It’s time for you to adapt.
To do what Tom did and formulate a new plan after realising his approach wasn’t working.
Perhaps you could instead:
– Follow a nutrition plan that’s designed for you and your lifestyle rather than a ‘cookie cutter’ diet plan from the newest reality star ‘celebrity’ or one you’ve pulled from the latest fitness magazine.
– Mixing up your workout routine to include challenging, full-body workouts with weights rather than running or doing traditional cardio every day and wondering why you’re body shape isn’t changing…
– Following a structured exercise and nutrition schedule you can follow day in, day out with total confidence to drive you towards your goals and a brand new body shape.
And maybe you could even seek the help from Emily Blunt if you’re struggling on your own? 😉
With Emily Blunt of course being a metaphor for Luke Bremner Fitness in this case!
In summary, if your current approach isn’t working to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, it’s time to adapt.
And if you’re struggling to adapt or simply don’t know how to adapt, we’re here to help.
The team here at Luke Bremner Fitness can help you understand why your current approach isn’t working, and implement the necessary steps to help you change, get back on track and finally start seeing progress towards your goals.
To find out more about how we can help, you can read more about our in-person personal training here (if you live in Edinburgh) and our online personal training here (if you live elsewhere).
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