This article was encouraging to me since I've recently slid away from wearing my pedometer & working on my various 30 day fitness challenges.
Making Small Changes to Re-Energise Your Life
By Katherine Helen Jackman
Staying fit can sometimes be a challenge, but so can getting the motivation to even start a productive fitness regimen. When you get home from a long day at work, the first thing you really want to do is sit down and put your feet up. But sometimes you have to push yourself through the end of day slump and get yourself re-energised, giving yourself the motivation you need to really make a difference.
Of course, the prospect itself can be daunting. Losing weight, getting fit and building muscle are all long-term goals, and sometimes even the idea of having to keep up a certain routine is enough to stop a person from even starting. In other cases, people simply don’t have the time to do a real work out, and so they suffer for it.
How can you make the transition from couch potato to Adonis with minimal disruption to your daily life? Can you even get the body that you want without a gym membership? The answer is yes, and here are a few simple changes that you can make to change your life for the better.
Incorporate exercise into your routine
This sounds hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Regular exercise can be extremely beneficial for a person beyond the obvious advantages; not only does it help you become healthier physically, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. For example, exercise can be great for stress relief and regular exercise improves your sleep patterns.
The key is to incorporate exercise into your routine in a way that is actually achievable. If you know you’re less likely to exercise after work, then don’t. Exercise before work instead. What’s important is that you give yourself no excuses.
Find activities you enjoy
Exercise doesn’t have to be a tedious chore, and just because all of your friends like to get up for a 6am run doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. You’ll be more likely to persist with exercise when carrying out activities that you enjoy, creating a workout that you find engaging and enjoyable. If you actually want to exercise, you’ll be much more likely to do it frequently.
By the same token, don’t pick one exercise and stick to that, because your body will eventually become accustomed to it, slowing your progress. Have a variety of activities you can do to keep things varied. For example, you might go swimming one day and to a self-defence class the next.
Change your diet for the better
It may seem obvious, but it can’t be stressed enough how important a good diet and proper hydration is, especially when it comes to exercise, weight loss and body building.
Changing your diet doesn’t just include what you eat and drink, especially if you’re really serious about getting fit and building muscle. There is a variety of natural sports supplement powders that you can use to aid your body’s breakdown and recovery during an intense workout. Just be careful and ensure that you carry out thorough research before making a purchase; there’s a difference between using something like MET-Rx protein shakers and body supreme whey diet protein, and it’s important that you understand those differences and know how the various supplements available can be beneficial to you.
This is the hardest part of all, but a bit of perseverance will go a long way. Getting motivated is easy, it’s staying that way that presents a challenge, so make sure that you don’t let the fire die out! Do whatever you have to so you can keep pushing yourself further; if you hate exercising alone, ask friend or your partner to exercise with you. If you’re struggling to get out on time in the morning, prepare your gear the night before.
They key, as mentioned earlier, is to allow yourself no opportunities for excuses. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an amazing athlete from day one, what does matter is that you just keep going.
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September is National Self-Improvement month here in the states. It’s also the month where the northern hemisphere has to say “Aloha” to summer.
I spent a lot of my summer working on self-improvement, from volunteer work to finally adding some credentials to my degree in the form of my insurance & annuities license to become a financial advisor with WFG.
My self-improvement continues this month with me returning to some routines abandoned over the summer (and years). Here’s the short list:
- drinking lots of water daily (want my glowing skin back)
- eating healthy (taking vitamins to fill in the gaps hasn’t been cutting it lately)
- exercising daily; it was the summer after all but follow Ms_ME on Fitocracy and I’ll follow back
- following my personal budget (busy making budgets for others necessitates that I’m actually following mine)
- and of course my blogging schedule
What will improvements will you make this month?
Absolutely loving the blog post Losing Wait from Mary Kay’s CMO Sheryl Adkins-Green! Obviously she’s not talking about the weight that most people resolve to lose every new year, but the “wait” she mentions is just as if not more important.
I’ve decided to replace my “wait” with “S.T.A.R.T” also, but before I do for one last time…
• “S= Start smaller to achieve bigger. In other words, I break my goal down into manageable and achievable segments, instead of a big chunk that will overwhelm me.”
Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, developed a great tool for doing this called a dreamline. As I tweeted, I finished my most recent dreamline a few weeks ago and have already started the steps towards reaching some of them. It’s a great tool because it forces you to dream big and then you go back and consider the financial costs involved in reaching those dreams. Too often we let the money stop us from dreaming instead of realizing that we find money to do things that we are passionate about and truly want to do.
• “T= Target a specific time each day to work on my goal, even if it’s only 30 minutes. I literally schedule it. I make an appointment with me and I keep it!”
•” A= Ask for help and accept help. So often, we’re so busy doing for others that we feel that we can’t or shouldn’t ask for help. Yet we all have at least one friend or family member who is willing and able to support our goal. We just need to ask!”
• “R= Reward my progress. It’s important to celebrate each success along the way, no matter how small. Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to get a new pair of shoes?”
•”T= Treat time as my most precious resource and make every minute count.“
I am a professional in my entrepreneurial pursuits and in my day job but so often find that my time is not being respected as a higher paid professional’s time might be. Remember no matter what your job or lifestyle, your time is yours and you have the final say in how it will be used. Don’t allow others to waste your time because it’s the one resource you have no way of recovering. So lose the “wait”.
What are you going to “start” when you lose your “wait”?