Do ever find yourself with the best intentions to eat right and exercise only to find yourself falling short of actually DOING it? Why is it so hard to stay the course every time temptation jumps in front of you? (That cake someone brought into the office.) You’re committed to going to that fitness class or a run or walk after work but that comfy couch gets the best of you first. Tomorrow will be different. Sound familiar? Well today I want to give you a few easy strategies that can help and anyone can do this.
According to the American Heart Association, if you implement these 3 habits successfully and more importantly consistently, you could potentially add 7 years to your life. I may add that even more importantly, theses habits will significantly add to the quality of your life which in the end is what most people desire.
Habit # 1- Make SMART Goals and keep them super simple. SMART stands for simple, measurable, attainable, and realistic. You want to keep it simple so you know you can accomplish them. I also recommend starting with one goal at a time and building from there. For example if your goal is to incorporate exercise into your life, make a specific goals such as, walking 10 minutes every day. Anyone can walk for 10 minutes everyday so it’s easy to be successful with that goal. If you say I’m going to start exercising for an hour a day before it’s a solid habit, you are very likely to fall short and forget it all together. Once it becomes your “new normal”, build on it from there. Lets say you want to improve your diet. A specific easy goal would be to start off with adding 1 cup of veggies to your meals. You get the idea, specific, attainable and realistic.
Habit #2. Track Your Progress– If you aren’t tracking your progress, how will you know how you’re doing? Tracking progress is easy and works well at keeping you motivated. A great way to do this is write down what you are doing. If you are walking 10 minutes a day, mark it in your calendar. If you are adding veggies to each meal, write it down so you can look at it later and see how far you’ve come. In just a few quick weeks, you’ll notice changes in how you’re feeling and looking. Signs of progress can be improvements in your sleep, energy, cravings, and composition.
Habit # 3. GET SUPPORT– Recruit a friend or co-worker to join you. Sign up for a class or hire a coach if you need to. Studies show that when you have support to keep you accountable and motivated, you are exponentially more likely to be successful.
All this leads to consistency which is the key to making this work. You are faced with a choice, stay where you are or make a change for the better. You are wroth very bit of effort and if you keep with these 3 habits, you can’t fail. You only have one chance at this life so live it to its fullest and be healthy and happy!
Now, I want to hear from you! What are your goals and when are you going to get started?
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