So how are your fitness goals going? I was reading an article the other day that said some fall off the wagon when it comes to their goals because the drive and hopeful glow begin to fade. It’s totally natural to sometimes feel amped up and driven, with even the best of intentions falling short. WHY? Why does it happen to us? And more importantly, how can we make fitness and staying active a part of our weekly routine? We ultimately want staying active to become a part of us. Something we do without thinking about, like taking a shower or brushing our teeth. One of the reasons some of us give up on our goals is because honestly, change is difficult. It takes persistence, sacrifice and consistency to stick with it. Or maybe we went into it with huge goals and we bit off more than we could chew, so to speak. Whatever our reasons, there are things we can do to get back on track and achieve our goals.
One thing you can do is find an activity you like, or even love to do, and start small. This has always worked for me in the past and sometimes when I get off track personally, it helps me to go back to basics. I love to walk to my neighborhood park or do any activity out in nature. I also love to dance and going to a party last weekend reinforced that I need to do more dancing. It’s okay to set a really small goal like setting aside just ten minutes a day, if that’s all you can do in the beginning. All of us have ten minutes we can squeeze in. Chances are once you begin, you will love moving your body so much you will continue to do it for a longer period of time. Don’t forget, the idea is to just start doing something. For most of us, starting small will become a habit and you will want to do more. I recommend the book Atomic Habits.
Why not try some activities you have never attempted before? It’s your life and your adventure. You set the rules. Maybe you have a friend that wants to run a 5k? Or maybe you want to research places in your area to go hiking? How about trying some winter or summer sports you’ve never tried before? As you expand and explore your fitness activities, why not have fun with it? You may find a new sport you are passionate about.
Another idea that might help, is to shift your focus from the number on the scale to how exercise makes you feel. Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better? Are you healthier? How’s your self confidence and mood? If you are discouraged because you are not seeing results quick enough, set goals to see small improvements along the way. Sit down and write out all the areas in your life that have seen some improvements, big or small. That will motivate you to see how you have benefited and keep going.
So don’t get bummed if you have noticed you are having a hard time starting your fitness goals or sticking with them long term. The important thing is to brush yourself off and get up again. You got this!
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