Have you decided who you want to be? Have you dropped the time limit to reach your fitness goals? Are you ready to become a person who lives an active lifestyle?
You must prove to yourself that you can be successful with small wins at first.
What can you start doing this week towards your goal that would only take a small effort?
Take a look at your schedule for any open times for achieving your goal (it could be as little as 10 minutes at a time). Where will you put exercise? Where will you put grocery shopping for healthy foods and meal preparation?
I advise you to become who you are one step at a time by starting a routine. Routines are the building blocks of self-discipline. Routines take away the need for motivation. You don’t have to decide the next step. You get to operate on autopilot.
Don’t use your schedule to count down a deadline for your goal. Use it to reserve time for the actions needed to complete your goal. Guard that time as you would guard an appointment. It is an appointment with yourself. Habit change can be overwhelming if you try to do everything at once. Just pick one or two things for your first week. Once you have mastered those, choose one or two more. Chose the easiest things first.
Starting with simple things will add up. Drinking adequate water, getting adequate sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and getting out of your chair all support a healthy lifestyle and body fat. Mastering small steps will make you confident that you can conquer larger steps!
After you have reserved the time for exercise, use these 4 steps to ensure success:
- Use a trigger. For example, I have scheduled to workout at a gym after work. I have shoes I only wear to exercise in, that I leave in the car. After work my trigger ( to make sure I drive to the gym) is to put on my gym shoes. After I have my gym shoes on, I have no excuse not to go. Every day after work is the same. Go to the car, reach for shoes, put shoes on, and drive to the gym!
- Have a plan for your exercise routine. There are many ways to get a plan. I offer a free workout of the month with Mai Trainer 365 Free. Many other sites also have free plans. You could also attend a class or use a workout video. Having a plan makes sure you are using your time wisely.
- Make your routine easy to complete in 20-40 minutes. How can you say no to exercise, when it will take you less than an hour to complete?
- Celebrate every time you complete a workout, (or a step you have planned) towards your goal. Pick a positive comment and speak it out loud. Say “Good job”, “I did it”, “I am growing stronger”... anything that makes you feel good and proud of yourself.
Now, stick to your schedule for an entire week! At the end of the week sit down and analyze how your week went and plan your next week. Keep your focus on one week at a time. Do not worry about results right now. Focus only on mastering the steps it will take to get there!