Just do something.
Well, now is the time. The end of the year is approaching and many are asking similar questions.
- How do I get on track and stay on track, using the New Year as a starting point?
- What is the best fitness program for me?
- Will lifting weights help me tone muscle, without get too big?
- Are you a runner?
- How do I get started?
Meanwhile, some people also share common barriers.
- I have no time.
- I hate to run.
- I'll start tomorrow.
- I have no energy.
- I'm not athletic.
- I am too intimidated to "join a gym".
- I need to get in shape before I go to the gym.
I say to you, "Just get started." I don't consider Lifestyle a gym. We're a place. We're a place where personal victories begin, continue, or are accomplished. Yes, we have competitive athletes who are training for competition and personal bests. But we're also a place for everyday people to build healthy lifestyle habits.
Here are my top 10 tips to consider as the New Year approaches.
- Just get started. Take a daily walk or park a little further away each time you visit a store. The added steps each day can add up.
- Try something new. Substitute one unhealthy favorite (like chips, candy, or muffins) for a fruit or vegetable. Small switches make changes easier. It has been said, "There is no workout to offset a bad diet."
- Find your style. What works for someone else might not be your style. Explore classes, equipment, and trainers to determine what combination makes you comfortable and keeps you motivated.
- Take a friend. Sharing a healthy lifestyle with a friend not only helps your clothes fit better, but also gives your emotional health a boost.
- Ignore the number. In fact, I say throw away the scale. Or at least hide it for a while. There are many factors that affect weight, including salt intake, hydration, and time of the day. Make changes to improve your health, not change your number.
- Be realistic. Setting attainable goals is important. Slow changes result in long-term improvements, whereas quick fixes tend to provide only temporary solutions.
- Ask for help. Personal trainers and certified class instructors offer plans for improving strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance.
- Be patient. You may find your expectations will adjust, as you become healthier. It takes time to meet goals and build on momentum.
- Forgive yourself. You might have a busy week and can't get your steps in or make it to your fitness class. Perhaps a week of celebration revolves around parties and food. It is OK, just get started again.
- Have fun and celebrate. Try walking and talking (not texting) to a long-distant friend. Try a Zumba class. Play frisbee. Hike in Corinth. Just DO something. Anything active is better than sitting.