Whew! This week. I know I have said it already, but I will say it again. This time of year always has loads going on. Not that it’s a bad thing, since it usually involves fun activities, but I have been wiped. I haven’t been up for much in the name of activity the past few days…and while doing my best to eat healthy, quick meals, a few extra treats have still been consumed.
I want to be clear. I’m not down on myself for these things. However, I know how easily I can slip into the approach of “It’s just that time of year. No point in trying. I’ll worry about healthy habits at the New Year.”
I’ve done it plenty of times in my past. And I refuse to do it again this year. So, I treat each day…moment..as new. And it’s time to START NOW.
Awhile ago, I received the honor of joining an inspiring bunch of individuals as a Fitfluential Ambassador.
We received a call to share our tips and reasons for not waiting to take action with our health and fitness journeys. It’s been on my mind ever since. What would be my tips and reasons?
Well, my reason is simple. I’m a better person when I strive for a healthy lifestyle. When I workout, eat well, rest enough, and care for my health…I’m happier, kinder, more patient, more capable, more energetic, more self-loving, and…well…better. In every sense. That is reason enough for me to keep up with fitness. And reason enough not to fall into the “wait for the New Year” trap. Which is why I start NOW. Every day. Here are my personal 7 methods to keep the fitness momentum moving. Not a month from now. Today!
1. Find Support. Having a support network to encourage your healthy goals makes a huge difference when starting up healthier habits or facing more challenges than normal. The blog network is a great place to find this support and I’m thankful for each of you every day.
2. Use Quick Training Methods. We’re all pressed for time. Too many times we may skip a workout completely when we can’t fit in a full hour or do an entire planned session. However, something is always better than nothing and quality matters more than quantity. You can still fit in a challenging workout in 30, 20, or even 15 minutes. My favorite ways to get quick and effective workouts are through weight training circuits and cardio intervals.
3. At Home Options. Along that same line, I make sure to have an at-home workout option when I can’t make it to the gym or it’s too cold for a walk or run. That way there are no excuses. Here’s a sample:
4. Goals you can control. Instead of focusing on a goal you can’t 100% control (like what the scale says), focus on what you can control. Setting a realistic goal such as eating a particular number of veggies, fitting in X amount of workouts in a week, or splurging only on dessert OR a drink instead of both can promote a sense of accomplishment. Every healthy decision adds up and leads you closer to other related goals. Plus, it’s easier to avoid any sense of discouragement and a desire to “give up” with this approach.
5. Commit to a fitness goal in the early New Year. Signing up for an early race or a fitness challenge that ends in January, can help motivate you to stay on track with your goals now rather than waiting for January 1st to roll around on the calendar.
6. Start healthy traditions. There are a LOT of traditions that revolve around baking cookies, building gingerbread houses, sipping eggnog, and other high-calorie treats. Those all have their place, but consider creating a fun tradition that revolves around activity – like an active game night (Wii Fit or Charades, even) or a visit to the ice skating rink. Have a healthy soup meal to accompany the tradition and warm you up from the chill.
7. Progress…not perfection. Don’t think in all or nothing terms. Take the season one day at a time. One meal at a time. Make the best decision possible and don’t dwell on that unplanned cookie in the office break room. Make the most of each day and focus on the positive steps you take. Progress isn’t linear – it has its ups and downs. But the key still remains to work towards overall progress.
What tips would you give someone to START NOW? What motivates you to keep going on your own fit journey?