So the holidays have come and gone. Quite frankly, you blew it. You ate too much. You didn’t sleep. The only hydrating involved had some sort of proof. And exercise was just plain inconvenient.
And then came the ceremonial New Year’s Resolution. Yep. You blew that one too. So you have given up. And will wait until it’s a better time to start. Again.
It doesn’t have to be this way… As long as you are alive, you have a chance to make a change. And nothing changes if nothing changes. Here are 6 tips to help you take charge of your health and fitness goals in 2017. Effective immediately.
- Start small: Set a weekly goal. Make it non-negotiable. Write it down. Look at it often.
- Declare it to the universe: Did I already say write it down? That is one way to state your intentions. And… social media makes announcing new endeavors extremely easy. Use it constructively.
- Reflect: Ask yourself these questions, “If I give up, how will I feel about myself?” “If I achieve this goal, how will I feel about myself.” Also, at the end of the week, measure your outcomes. Did you workout three times like you wanted to? Four times? Did you do any “extra” workouts (such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator)? Did you stick to your nutrition plan? Did you search for those clean eating recipes?
- Celebrate: Have you worked out three times this week like you said you would? If so, go get that manicure. Better yet, go buy a new workout outfit!
- Forgive yourself: Improving your health is a journey. But the secret here is that there really is no final destination. (Have you ever taken the road to Hana in Maui?) If something unforeseen came up stopping you from meeting your goal, shake it off, and start anew. BUT JUST DON’T QUIT.
- Get an accountability partner: Our society has us thinking about the concept of “accountability” as a bad thing. Think about the phrase, “He needs to be held accountable for his actions.” The reality is that you are only accountable to yourself. Getting a like-minded partner, who gets your struggle, and can celebrate with you will increase motivation. Connect with someone who is uplifting and makes you stand on your tippy toes in his or her presence.