How are you doing so far?
By now most of you have indulged and had some fun at a few holiday celebrations. And I’m sure by now, most of you are feeling the effects and wanting to get off the merry-go-round. But don’t worry, it’s never too late to re-evaluate and get back on track with a few small tweaks.
1. Define a realistic goal.
Instead of saying, "I will work out more," say, "I will work out x times a week on x days."
Write out your goal where you can see it every day. Put a sign on your fridge, set reminders on your cell phone, keep a sticky note on your bathroom mirror.
You don't have to run on the treadmill. Dancing, hiking, swimming, and even gardening or mowing the lawn are all forms of physical activity. Commit to a level of activity that works for you!
Instead of saying, "I will work out EVERY DAY," set your goals to more realistic time periods.
If you're not a morning person, don't commit to those 6:00 AM workout session.
Set goals you're more likely to follow, take a step back and set more reasonable goals. This will avoid failures and giving up altogether.
2. Choose activities that interest you & get connected.
Find something you enjoy! If you are dreading your workout, you are less likely to stick with it. Some people love to run on the treadmill, others enjoy trying new fitness classes or hiking in nature. If you like trying new fitness classes, some gyms offer free class trials, so use those to your advantage!
Many don't have the financial means to join a gym or fitness programs in their area. Even if you don't have any exercise equipment at home, you can certainly find an activity you enjoy either inside or outside - at home yoga videos, no-equipment workouts, or walking around a local park.
Create a support system. Join a support group, fitness class, or just schedule time to meet a friend to workout. If you're looking for a new class to try, start asking around for recommendations now! You may be surprised who will join in on the fun.
Accountability is crucial when working to maintain a fitness goal.
3. Be mindful of your nutrition.
Remember your goal at the start of the season and the good skills you had going into the season. Make sure to incorporate these back into your daily life, even if it’s just a few. How about making sure you have protein at each meal. Or drinking enough water? Sleep – are you still trying to get to bed at a good time so you can get a good night’s sleep?
These small little things can help immensely because it will help ease your stress and keep your brain calm throughout the hectic upcoming weeks.
4. Measure your progress.
Nothing motivates a person more than seeing progress being made.
Whether you write down your accomplishments in a notebook or use a fancy tracker or online program, seeing visual evidence of your improvement will inspire you to reach new heights.
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