“If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”

-Henry Ford

I came across this quote this morning and it hit me like a punch in the face. 

I realized what this quote says is a huge reason why many people never meet their fitness goals.

I read this quote and realized that what most people do to get in shape/get fit/lose weight is more of the same things they’ve always been doing, despite the fact that those things have never worked for them in the first place. 

If they’ve always ran, they run more.

If they’ve always taken aerobics classes, they take more of them.

If they’ve always lifted weights, all they do is lift them more often.

Sound familiar at all?

Henry Ford recognized the same thing.  If people wanted faster transportation, they would have tried to make their horses faster.  What Ford realized was that simply trying to make a horse run faster wasn’t going to take transportation to the next level.  In fact, most likely all it would result in would be injured or dead horses.   He realized that something drastically different was needed to make change.

As I’ve already hinted at, the same is true for us.  If you want to truly make a lasting change in your physique, you may need to do things very differently than you currently are.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to throw everything out the window and start from scratch, but it might.  If you’re currently going for a walk six times a week, “kicking it up” to seven will probably have very little effect in your physique.  You will most likely need to add in some strength training and change your eating habits.  However, if you’re following a solid training program with components that help you retain muscle while burning fat, but your dietary habits suck, then keeping the same program but cleaning up what you eat will have a huge impact.

To determine if you need to drastically change what you are doing, answer these two questions:

Have you been doing what you are currently doing for longer than 3-6 months?  If so, is it working?

If not, it might be time to put the horse out to pasture and get yourself a Model T.

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