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What Does It Take to Reach the South Pole?

I heard a really interesting story a couple days ago, and I think it applies a lot for people trying to change and improve their health. The story was about the two explorers who were both trying to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911. The distance there and back was about 1,400 miles.

One team, led by Robert Scott, was unsuccessful and ran out of food just short of the finish. The reason points to their strategy – they traveled as far as possible in the good weather days, and rested up when the weather was bad. So some days

Meeting goals takes consistent effort, and a major key is avoiding burnout!

Meeting goals takes consistent effort, and a major key is avoiding burnout!

they would go 80 miles, some days only 20 miles, and some days 0…just depended on what the weather brought that day.

On the other hand, the team led by Roald Amundsen was successful and stayed safe the entire way through. Instead of going as far as possible each individual day, they took a more disciplined approach. They traveled 20 miles every day, regardless of the conditions.

The power of routine and discipline is what leads to the best results in our health, too. It’s unfortunate when I see people doing yo-yo diets or getting burnt out with their exercise program…and those come from pushing their limits too far on the good high-motivation days. Instead, when people take small steps forward every day, that allows them to have the ability to keep going even when the pep in the step isn’t there.

Hope this story helps you all find a way to get more into a routine in your health habits!

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