It’s the New Year! Happy 2017! I know sometimes we all think, just start and begin when it comes to our health and fitness. But there’s actually more to it. To keep from failing or getting distracted with excuses, these tips will keep it real and keep you on track when you’re ready to start a new fitness or health program. Plus, the great thing about these tips, is that you can apply them to other projects and goals!
1. Do your research, make sure it’s the right fit for you. You don’t want to do a running program when you would rather dance or do yoga. Think about what fits your personality and allows you to enjoy what you’re doing. This will help stick to your best intentions.
2. Have the support of your family and friends. Let them know your goal, and the choices your making, so they’ll have your back in a moment of weakness, and remind you to stay on track. It always helps to make yourself accountable to other people.
3. Keep your goals small and attainable. It always seems to be a brilliant idea to for the gusto or think big with your plans, but when it comes to health and fitness, small goals are always best. You’ll feel more confident with each target that you reach and surpass. Instead of a 10 or 21 day cleanse, start with 3 days, or if you’re goal is to do a marathon, sign up for a 5k then work your way to a 10k and so on. With each experience, you’ll gain knowledge on how your body changes and adapts. You’ll feel like a million bucks when you cross that finish line.
4. Prepare yourself for what you need to begin your plan. If it’s a new health plan, go through your kitchen and remove any temptation. Then write your list out of what groceries will be used and needed each day. To keep food fresh, try to shop for three days worth of food each time instead of the whole week. Have healthy snacks handy or within reach in the fridge (cut up your veggies and/or fruits). For a new exercise program, make sure you have the right running shoes, get the okay from your doctor if you’re planning to do any strenuous exercises aside from walking, get a fitbit, or download apps that will log your miles, steps, calories burned, etc…this will keep you motivated and avoid self sabatoge at work or school during the day.
5. Don’t beat yourself up if you fail. Setbacks happen, but don’t give up, just keep going. Start fresh the next day and put yesterday behind you. We all fall to temptation, give in to emotional eating, or just having a bad day. Forgive yourself, and KEEP GOING! Don’t give up!