As 2017 approaches, many of us will use this opportunity to set fitness goals or dreaded “resolutions” about getting into shape come January 1. Of course, you will read lots of blogs, articles and interviews on how resolutions are bad and a majority of people end up stopping less than 30 days into their resolution. I tend to take a different approach to resolutions. I think they are awesome! If you have decided to move towards making a change, then that is a fabulous first step. Like any other challenge, you will have ups and downs but if you stay the course, the payoff can be huge! Here are 3 things to keep in mind when deciding to start a fitness program which I believe can help you during the speed bumps that will occur.
- Start with Why – Simon Sinek wrote a great book on business, marketing and leadership which highlighting the “Why” of what we do. This also translates to other aspects of life. One key to starting and maintaining an exercise program is to figure out why you are doing it. Your “why” can be whatever you want it to be, but it should be something that motivates YOU (not your significant other, family member or friend)! I encourage you to sit down and think about why exercising will be important to you and what goal you want to achieve. Once you find your motivation, you might be surprised how inspired you get and what you may ultimately achieve.
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race – I have seen this quote attributed to a few people, so I am hesitant to give credit to one in particular person, but it is something we should keep in mind. Those of us who try resolutions typically have an all or nothing mentality when starting out. This can problematic both physically and mentally when exercising. It is best to ease into your exercise routine and make sure you give yourself breaks. Going from not exercising at all to exercising 6 days a week is setting yourself up for failure. Start slow, but be steady! Initially, try 2-3 days a week of exercise with rest days in between. As you improve and exercise feels better, then you can increase the number of days per week. This may reduce your chances of injury and mental burnout.
- Have Fun! – This is the most important aspect of maintaining your fitness goals. If you hate getting on the elliptical, then don’t do it! Find something you enjoy doing. Take a class, do yoga, lift weights, take a hike. Exercise should be something you look forward to and finding something that is fun to do will make it easier.
The benefits of exercise are huge! It can help all aspects of life: physically, mentally and emotionally. If you have any questions about starting a program or need some guidance, please give us a call. Woodinville (425) 402-9772; Duvall (425) 788-0505.