Thursday, April 08, 2010
If you’ve hit the snooze on your 2010 fitness goals, try these five tips.
SET BITE-SIZED GOALS.
When you take too large a bite of food, you’re more likely to choke. The same is true when it comes to exercise. If you set a big short-term goal, like ‘I want to lose 20 pounds in a month’, you will usually fail; whereas short-term goals that are easy to achieve and doable tend to succeed. Try setting small monthly goals that are challenging and fun, such as getting strong enough to do 10 push-ups, and go from there.
FEELING IS BELIEVING
When it comes to looking your best, the key is not to get caught up in your reflection. Most of the people who burn out are very concerned with losing weight instead of enjoying exercise. So instead of focusing on how your body is changing, try focusing on how much healthier you feel. If you train for the mirrors, you will never be happy. Instead, train for how it make you feel.
PREPARE FOR FABULOUSNESS
Working out on a whim won’t get you very far. To be successful, the key is planning ahead. Know your schedule and organize your exercise time at the beginning of each week. Be sure to have a gym bag packed and ready to go. By getting your things together and putting them close to the door or in the car, you will have little room for excuses not to go.
VARY YOUR WORKOUT WITH THE SEASONS
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a climate with seasonal weather, use it to your advantage. Changing your workout program every six to eight weeks to accommodate weather conditions is a great way to stay motivated. During the winter, you can do yoga or strength training indoors. When the weather changes, head outdoors to walk, jog or bike. It’s a wonderful way to think about the year and making goals. There’s also an added bonus: Taking a break from an activity can actually improve your performance when you return to it.
GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Create the right environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable as well as quiet. Watch what you eat before bedtime by not eating too soon before turning in and staying away from caffeine, alcohol and nicotine at least 6 hours before you go to sleep.