In my experience, health and wellness varies so vastly that people often become overwhelmed and simply give up before they ever start. If you have done this, join the club…WE ALL HAVE!! How should you avoid repeating the cycle every year or every 6 months?
Tip 1: Hire a Trainer
I think it is best to hire a trainer with a reputable background and STICK WITH IT! “Nothing great happens overnight.” Someone with a solid background and knowledge will stick with you for the long run. And joining a gym will also give you some accountability.
Tip 2: Find Accountability
There is nothing wrong with admitting that you need to be held accountable. Everyone needs some level of accountability so let someone else do it for you! With a trainer, you will be able to:
- Set weekly appointments with a trainer,
- Hold regular assessments, and;
- Set mini goals to achieve over a period of time.
Tip 3: Change Takes Time
Creating new habits and a healthier lifestyle is going to be a process and takes time. Any ‘quick fixes’ will never last, I promise you. Be prepared for it to take 1-2 months before you see changes and up to a year before you reach your goal.
One thing is for sure. Giving up after a month will not get you any closer to losing the same 40 pounds that you have wanted too for the last 4 years.
Changing several bad habits at once can usually lead to failure, so it works best to tackle 1-3 goals every month. For example, eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Or come into the gym 3 times a week and complete 20 minutes of cardio each time.
Tip 4: Proper Movement
Besides accountability, proper movement is an especially important factor that often gets overlooked. Most of us sit all day at work. You also might have knee issues or back issues. If you are not addressing these issues prior to lifting weights or attempting to run a 5K, these issues will only get worse.
Your body must be able to move properly in order to eliminate issues down the road. Be creative in how you get moving!
Tip 5: Move Your Body
If working out in a gym is not your style, there are many great ways to move your body during your day-to-day routine. Take a walk during your lunch break. A perfect place is our wonderful outdoor trails at Hayes Arboretum or Cope Environmental Center.
Consider making an investment in a bike and use the Cardinal Greenway trails.
Using a fitness tracker can help keep you stay on track as well. It will give you hourly reminders to stand up and help you set goals
Tip 6: Reward Yourself
Rewarding your goals is always a great way to get motivated. Don’t go crazy, but choose rewarding options that fit your new lifestyle.
I hope these tips have helped and that they help you get back on track. And just know, Anytime Fitness is always willing to help you reach your goals.
Jackie Gettinger, Owner, Anytime Fitness