It is not a sprint to get into better health this year. It is one step at a time to meet your realistic goals. Yes, I said realistic goals. Many times we fail at our goals — not because we didn’t put in the effort, but because we started with a short-term goal that should be a long-term goal. We must be honest with our current abilities and limitations and from that point set short, obtainable goals. For example, I have heard a lot of people tell me they are going to cut out all carbohydrates from their diet. That is a goal just destined to be put on the “failed” list. Start out slow; begin by adding exercise in your weekly routine and removing one “bad” food choice from your diet. On a side note, never totally remove carbs from your diet!! Your body needs carbs for energy — CARBS are good!! Now that doesn’t mean you should eat pizza for every meal, but complex carbohydrates have a purpose and our body appreciates it when we fuel correctly.
Another reason people fail is they try to force themselves to work out when their internal clocks are still wanting to sleep or vice versa their body is telling them it is time for bed. If you are not a morning person don’t set a goal to get up at 5:00 am every morning to work out. Exercise in the evening after work or at your lunch hour (Tip: take your workout clothes with you and go straight to the gym or boot camp). If you are an early bird don’t set a goal to work out in the evening.
Another great way to achieve your fitness goals: Schedule your workouts just like you schedule meetings or doctor appointments. Put it in your calendar and set an alarm to remind you to work out. Invite a friend to join you and be accountable to each other. Joining a running group or a boot camp is also a way to stay accountable and to make relationships with people who are on a fitness journey as well.
Don’t give up; hang in there and you will see a change!