Feeling healthy and fit is on the top of most people’s lists. Everyone wants to feel good; however, most people just sit back and expect it to happen naturally. Committing to your health and fitness goals is difficult work and in order to achieve a healthy body, you have to make healthy choices every single day. Follow these 7 steps to be on your way to better health in 7 days.
Create a list of your health and fitness goals. Be aware of any outside voices in your head telling you what you should do and think about what you want to do. Why do you want to this? What benefit will you get from this? Review your list again and make sure the only goals remaining are yours and yours alone.
Create and plan and a time-line for achieving them. Post this plan where you will see it every day. Do not skip this step. Creating a plan and then stuffing it in a drawer will not help you. Decide to hold yourself accountable.
Take a step toward the direction of your goal. If your goal is to run a marathon and you used to be a “runner” but babies and work and life have gotten in the way, you just have to get out there and run. Do not worry about where, when, or for how long. Just get your shoes on and get moving. The periodization and the tapering will come later. You need to get back into the groove and make running a habit.
If your goal is to simply get to the gym more, set a reasonable goal to get there 3 days a week and if you do more, great. If you want to lose a certain amount of weight, create a calendar with goal weights in the short and long term that are visible to you every day. Create goals that are challenging but that are not too much of a stretch. The point here is to take the step today and then take another one tomorrow.
Appreciate what your body is capable of and how much control you have over how you look and feel and how much energy you have. Do not waste any time or energy focusing on body parts you feel are unattractive or how that run that used to be a “recovery run” had you panting for far too long after it. Concentrate on what you accomplished today and believe that you will do even more tomorrow.
Listen to your body regarding food. If you are not hungry, do not eat just because it says 5:00. Eat for fuel and for performance and to give your body the necessary juices to function at its peak. Would you put sludge and junk in your car and expect it to run? Your body knows what it wants and what it needs. Listen to it; however, if you think it is telling you to grab a pint of ice cream, listen again.
When it comes to your health and fitness choices, apply the 10-10-10 rule. How will it feel in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years? It may feel good in 10 minutes to sit on the couch and cozy up to a good movie but in 10 months you could be a lot worse off than you feel now and there is no telling what the outcome would be in 10 years. If you choose to get up and go, in 10 months you will have gotten up off the couch so many times that you can’t imagine your life without exercise and in 10 years, when you are alive and kicking and feeling better than ever, you will be so glad you made the small choices along the way that lead to big rewards.
Take responsibility for the shape your body is in. You cannot blame your overweight and out of shape body on the fact that you have had 3 children. You cannot blame it on a slow metabolism. Those are excuses that people use to sabotage their own success. In the end they still have an overweight and out of shape body and nobody wants to listen. You have control, you make the choices, you decide how healthy you want to be. Do not give up that power for one minute. Embrace it and use it and you will be able to accomplish all of your health and fitness goals faster than you think.
Commit to making these practices a habit for at least the next 6 weeks. If you want to change, you must commit to it. Remember, you are getting exactly what you are committed to getting.
Melani Ward is a lifestyle designer and the author of the blog The Art of Finding Your Flow: A Blog about Entrepreneurship, the Mind-Body Connection and Living a Freestyle Life. Every week she gives you uncommon tips and strategies for marketing yourself in a more effective and authentic way, becoming the go-to person in your industry, sharing your best with people who are waiting to listen and living a healthy and rich lifestyle. You can claim your free reports and read more at http://www.MelaniWard.com.