When December hits, we tend to become a little lenient when it comes to our diets and exercise. This mentality usually comes about because we intend to shape up once January arrives. Armed with motivation and a few New Year’s resolutions, the gym becomes packed with people starting the year off on a healthy foot. Things tend to move along this way until suddenly mid-February strikes and the same fire that was once under your shoes has dwindled into a bed of coals. What happened? Why did that motivation only last a month and a half? If it feels like you’re starting to slip, here are a few tips to keep you moving in the right direction.
1. Hold yourself accountable. Write your goals down and share them with friends and family. We are influenced by the people around us, and if they know about your goals, they can offer that extra boost of encouragement.
2. Reward yourself for progress. Every step that you take towards your goal should be recognized as an accomplishment. The more positive reinforcement you can give yourself the better.
3. Accept that you may fall off the track. If your attempts aren’t going as planned on a particular day, just dust yourself off and try again. Tomorrow is a new day.
4. Take baby steps. Trying to tackle everything at once is a great way to ensure failure. Instead, break things down into smaller, more manageable feats and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
5. Don’t give up. Remember what made you choose that goal in the first place and use that reason as motivation to keep going.
If you’re finding it tough to achieve your resolutions on your own, grab friends or family members and start to work on it together. Remind yourself that it will take time to get there, but eventually your goal will be met.
Hayley (250-688-0024) and Kate (250-688-0221) are certified personal trainers with Fitness 4 Life. Visit their website at www.fitness4life.tv for current rates and specials.