So, we are well into February, and I'm curious how you are doing on your New Year's Resolutions?
Don't give up! On average, people give up on their resolutions just 17 days into the new year, for a variety of reasons. It could be that the "New Year" novelty has passed, you got frustrated, confused, didn't see any results, your workout partner gave up before you, or a whole host of reasons. In fact, 98% of self-directed exercise programs can fail without help.
It's so easy to come up with reasons not to eat right or be active...or to really stick to any goal. But remember....the only person getting in your way...is you! If you really want something, go for it, no matter what it is - just do it, take that first step. It gets easier and easier every step you take, and I'm not just speaking about health and fitness. Most of the time we talk ourselves out of something - before we have even done it or partway there. As much as I don't like to use marketing gimmicks, Nike has a good one.,...JUST DO IT! This has helped me with a lot of things as well, and it's a slogan I live by, because it has brought a lot of joy to my life, that inaction would otherwise not have.
Here are some tips on how to stick to your New Year's Resolutions:
- Exercise while you watch TV or a movie – is there any good reason not to?
- Do it with a friend – people are much more likely to stick to their workouts this way, and you can motivate each other/hold each other accountable
- Do something active with your family – hiking, biking, skiing, skating, walking – Tons of fun and you get to spend time with the ppl you love
- Do it on lunch – will give you afternoon boost WITHOUT caffeine - and you don't need a shower if you are doing weights or low-intensity cardio!
- Keep a food and exercise log to keep yourself inspired and accountable and moving forward – always strive to do better the next week! This works so well for my clients, because you will see your progress, as well as when you maybe shouldn't have had that bagel!
- Active Dates (whether you are single or with a spouse!) - ie a Rollerblade or hiking/walking date – exercise dates increase endorphins and enjoyment of the date!
- Split your exercise up - for example; 10 mins in the morning, 10 at lunch, 10 in the evening, etc.- It’s a myth that you have to do it all at once -splitting it up actually burn MORE calories, and increases the likely hood that you will do a few "quick" workouts when you can fit it in, rather than trying to fit in a longer workout
- Here's one many people with an office don't think of - jumping jacks, running on the spot or ropeless skipping while listening to an education or con call (just don't do it right before you have to speak!)
Until next time!, enjoy!
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