The beginning of a new year can be the perfect time to make changes and start down the path to a healthier life! Making permanent changes can be difficult though. Here are a few tips that can help ease the process.
Just do it – Commit today to get started, don’t wait for the timing to be perfect. Likely, the ideal conditions will never materialize. Make at least one small change a day that will lead to a healthier you. For example, skip the chips at lunch and eat an apple instead. Add the stairs in place of taking the elevator. Hop off the couch for squats during commercial breaks. Working on small changes on a daily basis will lead to big changes in the long run.
Don’t beat yourself up – If something doesn’t go your way, forgive yourself. Don’t make your goals so rigid that there’s no room for life’s interruptions. Missing one day or one step shouldn’t throw you off target. For example, if your goal is one 5k per month, and you’ve missed completing a race in January, don’t quit. You can still aim for 12 races a year. However, it may be necessary to complete two in another month or to slightly extend the time period in order to accommodate your ultimate goal.
Find rewards that motivate – Incorporating the right incentives are an important component to achieving goals. If your goal is a healthier you, don’t allow your rewards to sabotage your success! Consider rewards such as a new outfit to accentuate the new, stronger you. Or, take a cooking class that will teach you new ways to prepare healthy foods. Using rewards wisely will help to reinforce all of your hard work and keep you headed toward success.
Change may not be easy, but it is possible. You can be healthier and happier starting today! If you’d like help getting started, contact me. I can help you establish realistic goals and keep you on track toward your health and fitness goals.