Fitness is about your health. It’s about your well being. You do not have an imperfect body; and a fitness program is not a punishment for an imperfect body. Nope. Love your body; it’s the only one you’ve got. Rather, fitness is an investment in you. If you struggle with motivation, begin to take steps toward making fitness a habit. Choose to redefine your whole approach to fitness with these five easy habits, so on days when you feel unmotivated, you can stare it the face and say, “Nope. This is just what I do.”
Supposedly, it takes a minimum of 21 days to develop a habit. But I say go the distance and commit to 30 Days. You will go through a “honeymoon phase” where it’s easy, but it’s when it gets tough that you will need to rely on the key strategies. I believe in these habits and practice them myself. In fact, I am inclined to believe that most athletes you admire subscribe to these fitness habits. Now it’s your turn. Commit to These Five Fitness Habits toward a more focused and fit you for 30 Days:
1) MAKE A 10 MINUTE MINIMUM RULE– Consistency is key. Commit daily to doing a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise. Do something. Anything. 10 minutes of something is better than nothing! In fact, don’t go to bed until you have done SOMETHING. Begin to make exercise just “what you do.” As long as your doctor gave you the green light, you aren’t going to break! You will be surprised by the muscle tone you can enjoy rather rapidly simply by doing something e.v.e.r.y.d.a.y. Remember, you have all of eternity to “rest.”
2) CHOOSE TO RESPOND TO YOUR FEELINGS WITH A HEALTH OR FITNESS SOLUTION – Feeling overwhelmed? Try grabbing weights or begin a muscle training class and notice how centered you feel. Feeling irritable? Pay attention to your nutrition. Feeling restless? Go for a walk or a run. Listen to your breath as you move. Feeling worried? Draw inward to your breath and practice deep diaphragmatic breathing.
3) CREATE VISUALS – Post daily a visual list of your objectives. (Post it somewhere so you can see it!) Doing so will help you keep the course more vibrant and alive. Or create a check list of a variety of exercises that work various muscles and actively check off (one by one) a goal you have accomplished for the day or week. Keep it positive. Write a note to yourself at the top of your calendar. If you belong to a gym, think outside of the box and try new group class. If you workout on-line, review a list of workouts and post which you’d like to try so you can see it. To keep you encouraged and your perspective healthy, have a friend take a picture of you doing something active, where you feel alive and energetic and post it as a refreshing reminder of your love for good health and fitness.
4) CHOOSE TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF – Nothing has power over your health and fitness plan unless you give it power. Look excuses head on and toss each one in the path far away. This is how you begin to develop WILL POWER. Coach your way out of a bad thought. That’s right – become your own best coach – It’s great to read up on other people who are inspirational. Most, if not all, have developed an inspirational inner voice that they keep alive. Now its your turn; develop a few key phrases that resonate with you. Figure out what your objective is and tell yourself you can do it. I walk around the house talking to myself all the time! My childhood nick name is “Siso” (See – So) and for some reason when I am having a coaching time, I am “Siso” all over again! Maybe because of the young athlete I remember myself to be! Keep your pep talks optimistic and solution oriented!
5) CHOOSE TO FOSTER YOUR DETERMINATION: GET RIGHT BACK UP WHEN YOU FALL – You will succeed; you will fail, trust the process, nonetheless. The word “determination” is just so lively! Truthfully, no one can give it to you, this is something you must relish and develop on your own. Ironically, the more you participate in a fitness program, the more your determination is exercised.
KEY STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED: 1) Progress slowly – I am going to give the new exerciser both a word of advice and some good old-fashioned, tough love: Doing too much exercise too soon may deter you from the point of enjoying fitness. I have seen it countless times in my fitness classes…new or returning participants will take back to back classes, or overload the first week – never to return again. Strategize wisely and begin to develop a love for how great it feels to be fully alive. 2) Remove obstacles that may draw you away from your objective. For example, going on a media fast may be a solution for many as it may be the one obstacle that is preventing you from actualizing many of these habits. 3) Narrow The List – Pick one of two to master initially if it feels too overwhelming. Or choose one habit that resonates with you the most.
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