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Finding the Gaps: A Boxing Analogy

Andrea Savard
April 5, 2023
5 min read

Finding the Gaps in Fitness & Nutrition: A Boxing Analogy

Fitness and nutrition goals are something we all strive for, but it can be hard to achieve them. We often come up against barriers and obstacles that prevent us from making progress. Think baseball, cricket, football, tennis or rugby!  Breaking through barriers or obstacles in your way is how to win.  With the right mindset and approach, we can identify these gaps and overcome challenges. In this post, we'll use a boxing analogy to show you how.

Identifying the Gaps: 

In boxing, the goal is to land punches on your opponent while avoiding getting hit yourself. To do this, boxers must identify the gaps in their opponent's defence and find ways to exploit them. Similarly, in fitness and nutrition, we need to identify the gaps that are preventing us from achieving our goals.

Here are some common gaps you might encounter when trying to improve your fitness and nutrition:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Poor planning and preparation
  • Unrealistic goals
  • Negative self-talk

To overcome these, take a step back and analyze the situation. Just like a boxer studies their opponent's movements, we need to study our own behaviours and habits.

Overcoming the Gaps:

Once we've identified the gaps in our fitness and nutrition efforts, we can start working to overcome them. This is similar to a boxer finding a weakness in their opponent's defence and exploiting it.

Here are some ways to overcome the gaps:

1. Lack of motivation

  • Find an accountability partner or hire a personal trainer
  • Set short-term and long-term goals
  • Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's a sport, a group class, or hiking

2. Poor planning and preparation

  • Plan your meals and workouts ahead of time
  • Make a grocery list and stick to it
  • Pack healthy snacks to take with you on the go

3. Unrealistic goals

  • Break your goals down into smaller, achievable steps
  • Celebrate each small victory along the way
  • Don't compare yourself to others – focus on your own progress

4. Negative self-talk

  • Practice positive affirmations and self-talk.  Be kind to yourself.
  • Surround yourself with positive influences
  • Don't beat yourself up over setbacks – use them as learning opportunities

You Don’t See Fancy Moves In A Fight!

Just like a boxer can't rely on one tactic to win a fight, we can't rely on one approach to achieve our fitness and nutrition goals. It takes a combination of strategies and techniques to succeed.

Here are some additional tips for finding and overcoming the gaps in your fitness and nutrition efforts:

  • Track your progress – use a fitness tracker or journal to keep yourself accountable
  • Get enough sleep – lack of sleep can impact your motivation and decision-making abilities
  • Stay hydrated – dehydration can lead to fatigue and poor performance
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help – whether it's a personal trainer, nutritionist, or therapist, there's no shame in seeking assistance to reach your goals

Remember, winning takes time and effort, but with persistence and dedication, you can achieve success in your fitness and nutrition efforts.  

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