Summer’s here and you know you have some health and fitness goals you want to achieve. Before you go busting a gut at the gym, here are 7 tips to make sure you are set up to win.
Make it fun!
If it doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not likely to be consistent. Do you like walking, running, maybe a quick 5-10 minute home workout? Do you want to dance along with a DVD or pull out a mat and hold some yoga poses? Find what you like, and do that. Include a friend to make it more interesting.
Be intentional. Schedule.
Are you an early riser? Set your alarm, get up and start your day moving your body. Commit to the time of day that works best for you. It’s amazing how the start of the day sets you up mentally and increases those happy hormones for the day. Just figure when you’re most likely to follow through and commit to that.
Set a goal.
If you don’t have something that you’re working towards you’ll very quickly get distracted and lose your inspiration. Is it a bikini for the summer? Is it a dress for an upcoming wedding? Maybe it’s health related and you know that losing some kgs are going to have a dramatic impact on your health. Take a pic of yourself how you used to look, or the goal you’re working towards and stick it on your fridge or vision board and keep it in your sight every day.
Commit to walking more.
Choose walking over the car when that option is possible. Get out with the kids and walk to the parks, walk the dog. When you’re at the beach, take a stroll instead of just sun baking all day. Find ways to just move and be in the beautiful sunshine. Your body will love you for the Vitamin D too.
Consistency not only creates those positive habits, but also will reward you through lifelong results. Show up for yourself and just see how much better you feel for introducing exercise into your routine 3-4 times a week.
Remember, results take time.
Nothing long term will be achieved overnight. So be realistic. Feed your body the best fuel you can. Stay hydrated, practice gratitude & smile often.