It’s pretty common that a lot of people struggle to get going with their health and fitness in January. Before you know it, it’s the end of February and you haven’t started your new diet or exercise routine yet. Well, that’s okay. We all have those moments where we feel like we can’t keep up with our fitness goals or don’t even know what those goals are anymore. But that’s the beauty of it: there’s always another day to start working toward them again!
In my experience, here are five strategies that have helped me start my health and fitness goals differently this year:
Create A Morning Routine That Helps You Wake Up Refreshed
- Get up early. If you’re trying to get healthy, it’s important that you get up early and start your day with a morning routine. This not only helps you wake up but also sets the tone for your whole day! It doesn’t have to be stupidly early. I used to be that person that got up at 5am, but my routine has changed too. Now I aim to get up just 30 minutes before I really need to, to help me implement a short routine that sets me up for the day.
- Have a healthy breakfast. Eat something in the morning that will help give you energy for the rest of the day, like oatmeal or eggs—but don’t forget about fruits and veggies! My personal go to is a basic protein smoothie.
- Get sunlight on your face. The sun is great for many things, including getting vitamin D which can help keep away sicknesses like the flu (and even cancer). Getting sunlight in the morning hours helps kickstart our bodies so it can be ready for anything that comes its way later on in life…including exercise!
- Do some gentle movement or mobility work: This could be as simple as doing some gentle stretches or movements to feel into your achy or stiff parts of your body. Here are a few short mobility workouts you may like to try.
Set Realistic Expectations For Yourself
- Don’t be too hard on yourself, start your journey from a place of compassion and kindness for yourself.
- Don’t try to do everything at once. Instead, start small and build from there. You might only be able to do one or two exercises for the first few days, but that’s okay. The most important thing is that you’re moving slowly in the right direction and not giving up too soon.
- Set realistic goals for yourself that you can achieve comfortably, but that still push and excite you. Write your goals down and revisit them regularly to keep them front of mind.
- Don’t worry about what other people think, because they’re probably not as concerned with your progress than you are! It’s okay if you don’t meet your goal every day—as long as it doesn’t become a pattern of failure, just keep plugging away at it one step at a time (even when life gets busy).
Give Yourself Daily Affirmations
One of the most effective ways to stay motivated is by giving yourself positive affirmations.
An affirmation is a positive statement that you make to yourself on a daily basis. For example: “I am worthy of working on myself” or “I am strong & powerful.” When you tell your body what it wants to hear, it will believe it and respond accordingly. Positive thinking can help you achieve goals quicker than usual!
Affirmations help reinforce positive self-image and motivation in everyday life, which makes them an essential component of any goal-setting routine. In addition, they’re also a useful tool when starting out with fitness or weight loss goals because they can help prevent negative self-talk from creeping up in your mind—a problem some people face when trying something new for the first time (especially if they’ve never worked out before).
Don’t Deny Your Body The Fuel It Needs
One of the most important things you can do for your health and fitness is to eat regularly.
If you want to be able to sustain a healthy lifestyle, then it’s critical that you eat regularly. Your body needs fuel in order to function properly and this is something that should not be taken lightly. It may sound simple, but if you don’t provide your body with the right food and nutrition it needs, then nothing else matters.
This means that breakfast is essential as well as lunch and dinner (and sometimes snacks in between). If you don’t already have a routine down, consider joining Better Body Coaching where I will guide you to discovering how to eat and workout for YOUR body type—not just someone else’s!
Keep It In Perspective
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you are not defined by your weight. You are not defined by your fitness level. You are defined by the person you are inside, and this will never change. Your character and values do not change depending on how much progress you’ve made in the gym or how many pounds of fat you’ve shed.
If a weight loss goal is important to you, then go for it! If it’s just another number on a scale, then maybe try something else instead—like spending more time with friends or getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine each day.
These strategies will help you start your health and fitness goals differently this year.
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to start your health and fitness goals differently this year. Now you need a plan that will keep you motivated and on track. Here are five strategies that will help:
Set realistic goals. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the information out there about what we should be doing, so it’s important to know what is realistic for you right now. What can you commit to doing consistently? Can you commit 30 minutes a day or three times per week? If so, then great! Write down exactly what it is that you want to achieve (exercise more, eat better) and how often (3 days/week). Then write down what time of day makes sense for each activity (exercise in the morning/evening before work). This way everything is organized and written down in one place which makes it easier for us not only mentally but also physically – we know where everything is without having too much clutter in our life!
If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness goals this year, these strategies are the perfect place to start. They’ll help you wake up more refreshed, set realistic expectations for yourself, give yourself daily affirmations, keep it in perspective and don’t deny your body the fuel it needs. By implementing these strategies into your daily routine, you can start off on the right foot as soon as possible!
Maybe you are thinking that you already know all of this. If that’s you then great, but if you need some more help and accountability in following it through this year then join Better Body coaching today. CLICK HERE to learn more now.