I know a lot of you are firmly entrenched in your exercise programs and have made healthy eating a priority. If however, you have let some winter padding creep in or your exercise program has fallen to the wayside, this is the perfect opportunity to snap to and focus. Because even though tank tops and bathing suits are in all the major department stores already, you still have a good 2 1/2 months until Memorial Day and the official kick off to summer. That’s right – about 150 days.
So with no time like the present let’s set a plan in motion and, well, get in motion. Here are a few ways to help you get started.
1. Set a concrete goal. Ditch the wishy washy “get healthy” or “lose weight” mantra. Lose ten pounds. Exercise 5 days a week. Eat 5 servings of veggies each day. Sleep 7 hours a night. Those are the types of concrete goals you can actually see to reach.
2. Write a plan. How will yo reach this goal? Write a detailed plan on what you will do differently this time to reach your goal. Remember, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
3. Be persistent. Ate your way through the Thin Mints? Again. So what, this journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Wipe the chocolate from your face and don’t look back.
4. Make it fun but hard. Hike, dance, swim, play tennis, take up martial arts – find something that is not only fun but that challenges you. Get outside your box and push yourself to dance longer, hike higher, swim faster and kick harder. You will LOVE the results!
5. Repeat daily.
Now go run!