Don't throw in the towel just yet!
Is it safe to say that your New Year’s Resolution to “workout more” has completely fizzled already? What went wrong? I’m sure you had all good intentions to see it through, right? You probably wrote it down, were totally hyped and ready to go, went out and bought the cutest tennis shoes ever, signed up for a gym membership at the trendiest place in town, snagged one of those colorful refillable water bottles and even convinced a friend or family member to join you. You maybe even went as far as to set a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive). Does any of that sound familiar?
So here’s the deal … if you tell yourself you are going to accomplish a lofty goal or set out to make some sort of life changing alteration for the positive, then you need to make darn sure you have a kick ass “WHY”. If your WHY is not part of the recipe, you are setting yourself up for failure. Ouch! I know, I know, that sounds super harsh but its reality. If your WHY doesn’t make you want to cry then chances are, it won’t stick.
So what kinds of things can you do to make “working out” or increasing your activity level, on a consistent basis, more achievable?
First things first - identify a powerful WHY – “Why do you want to become more active? Why?” Is it to maintain a healthy weight, is it to control your diabetes, is it lower your cholesterol or blood pressure, is it to sleep better, how about to reduce stress, what about look better and feel better or maybe you want to amp up your sexy time?! How about ALL OF THE ABOVE? Do any of these resonate with you? If so, here are some simple steps you can take to set yourself up for success.
* Make your goal a priority (as if your life depends on it).
* Establish a timeframe that makes logical sense to accomplish your goal; set short-term goals and a long-term goal.
* Start small; set practical and realistic expectations, set yourself up to succeed by identifying “progress” expectations rather than trying to be perfect.
* Don’t get in the way of your own self (we are our own worst enemy); NO negative self-talk, you ARE worth it, STAY FOCUSED on your WHY.
* Schedule it, just like you schedule everything else (FIND TIME).
* Identify an accountability partner or join a program where you will have a daily cheerleader helping you stay on track.
* Incorporate “being more active” into some of your common daily activities; make walking a priority, doing something is better than doing nothing, you don’t have to workout for 1-2 hours at the gym, make working out at home fun and a family affair.