So you have fallen into a bit of a fitness deadlock and let yourself go. Get over it and spring back from that slump! A healthy, active you is waiting just around the corner, so take a step forward and get moving. Not sure where to begin? Here are some tips to help you get started:
Re-evaluate your goals.
A surefire way to get yourself back on track after a fitness timeout is to clearly define your goals and expectations. It is no secret that people who know what they want and have a plan of action are more likely to succeed. Take the bull by the proverbial horns and decide what you want – then go get it.
Focus on your health and happiness, not the reflection you see in the mirror.
It is often easy to get swept up in what society believes is the ideal body. The fact of the matter is that no one person is aesthetically perfect, so if physical flawlessness is one of your goals you are virtually setting yourself up to fail. Now, don’t get me wrong, when we look better we feel better and our confidence increases, but take a step back and look at yourself as a healthy, happy human being and start forgiving yourself for being imperfect. We all are. Be the best you that you can be.
Integrate activity into your daily routine.
Don’t kid yourself; if you rely “fitting” exercise into your day then you are settting yourself up to avoid it altogether. You will be significantly more accountable to a workout program that you have scheduled as an appointment. So, if you are a paper and pen sort of person make a note of your workout in your daytimer, or if you are a tech savvy individual add it to your iPhone or Blackberry calendar; that way there are no excuses when activity time rolls around.
Find an activity that you like and go with it.
If you find the gym mundane then chances are you won’t go. If you hate to run then you will find every excuse in the book not to. Instead of torturing yourself with forms of exercise you do not like, make a list of the activities that you do enjoy and work your way through the list each week. If you love playing tennis then find a local court where you can take a lesson or meet a friend for a game. If you love to dance, turn up the music and shake your booty! There is no law that says exercise has to be done a certain way – be creative and figure out what will make you move with a smile on your face – then go with it!
Create accountability to your program.
If you have a difficult time motivating yourself to be active on your own, why not recruit a partner, family member, or a group of friends to join you on your fitness journey. When you are accountable to someone else you are more likely to stick with exercise as a lifestyle. Alternatively, hiring a personal trainer is another option that will help you stick with a workout regime. The right trainer will create a program for you that addresses your goals and holds you accountable to achieving success.
So what are you waiting for? A lifetime of health and happiness is at your fingertips, all you have to do is go and get it. Today is the day to stop making excuses, and make yourself your priority!