It’s that time of the year again! Undoubtedly, you are starting to think about your New Year’s resolutions! Every year, losing weight and staying fit are among the top resolutions. According to Time magazine, both resolutions are among the top 10 most commonly broken ones. Are you ready to make 2017 the year you stuck to your fitness goals? Here are some ideas to help you along.
Fit matters! The common recommendation is to find something you enjoy to do. Great idea but not always practical. I enjoy swimming but I always find an excuse not to do it – too cold for wet hair; no time to pack a bag; not enough time. Enjoyment is not enough to get you into a habit. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really enjoy flossing. Yet it’s part of my daily routine because it contributes to my health. I have found a way to do it on a daily basis at a time that works best for me. The same strategy applies to fitness: choose something that you can easily integrate into your daily routines.
Chunk it! With affordable gym membership options, myriads of apps and of course, YouTube, cost is no longer an issue. However, time seems to be an overarching obstacle. Time is only a factor when you believe that you have to set aside a whole hour every day for your fitness routine. Did you ever think that your workout doesn’t have to be all at once? Take 10 minutes and think about all the times during the day that you can squeeze in a 7-10 minute workout. Voila! You may have discovered more than 30 minutes a day that you can take care of your body! Don’t limit yourself to what you can do at the gym. You can easily turn your sturdy office chair into a gym!
Find your key. Accountability and motivation are still key. Recently when I was away, I encouraged my clients to work out on their own. I wan’t surprised to hear that most of them had barely set foot in the gym.Yet, they always show up for their sessions with me, barring scheduling conflicts. Finding a trainer or a workout buddy is often instrumental in habit forming. You may find a particular class more appealing as the group’s energy motivates you. If you decide signing up for a race will motivate you to exercise, remember that once the race is over, you can still find another one to train for!
Don’t ignore the check engine light! Understand why physical activity is important. In a previous blog, I have listed some reasons for physical activity. Weight loss is only a byproduct of fitness! Our bodies are living machines that need maintenance. If we fail to maintain them, they fail us in undertaking daily activities. Just like daily flossing, daily fitness routines help you stay healthy. Keep that in mind every time you decide to skip your workout.
Do me a favor and don’t make fitness a resolution this year! Just make it part of your daily life.
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