By Chrissy MacDonald
Have you been thinking about getting in shape? Losing weight? Eating healthier? We all have something we need to work on – that one thing that we keep saying we need to do but something keeps us from starting. Why is finding that motivation so hard? The fact that you’re reading this blog post is because I finally hit the “publish” button on my blog (first post!) and put this out there into the world for you.
Well, one thing’s for sure: no one can make you do what you aren’t ready to do. Your motivation needs to come from within yourself. Finding the motivation to get started at anything is the hardest part of all. So if you’re ready to finally get started and take the first steps, read on!
Here are three steps to getting started on your lifetime of healthy living:
1. Make a decision. The first step to improving fitness is to make the decision that you are going to make some changes in your life. And the changes don’t have to happen all at once. Make the decision that you’re going to get started. That’s all. Think of all the good reasons for living the fitness lifestyle: you’ll reduce your chances of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke and cancer. You’ll have more energy; you’ll have a stronger heart, lungs and muscles. You’ll reduce your stress level. And you will look better, fit into your clothes (maybe buy new, smaller ones!). You’ll feel generally much happier.
2. Have a plan. The second step is to have a plan. For example, set aside certain times during the week to commit to exercise. Once you set the time, you’ve made the commitment. You might also write down your plan. This reinforces the commitment to yourself. Your plan should include small realistic goals that are part of a big picture. Don’t try to do too much at first or you may get discouraged.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight and you haven’t been exercising, start with 15 minutes three times per week to do some form of physical exercise you will enjoy. It may be walking to the post office, parking at the other end of the parking lot at work or hauling up the stationery bike from the basement and going for a spin (you can even watch tv while you do it). Whatever it is, make it something you will enjoy. Then set aside 10 minutes a day to do something special for yourself. Make it a time to relax, reflect and take a few deep breaths. Maybe have an afternoon nap. This is time for you only. It will help you stay focused and in control of your goals.
3. Be consistent. The third step is to be consistent. To get the benefits of fitness, you must keep it up regularly. Don’t let excuses keep you from sticking to your plan. By starting off slowly you’ll increase your chances of success. Every little positive thing you do will bring you closer to your goals.
And remember, if you slip up, keep on going. Don’t let a setback keep you from your ultimate goal. This is very important. They say it takes six weeks to develop a habit and two weeks to fall out of one. Just get back on track. Simple. Don’t beat yourself up about a minor setback.
So if you want to make a positive lifestyle change like exercising or eating healthier, why not start today?
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