I think every year we ALL say to ourselves, “I am going to lose 20 pounds (and so on).” Then two weeks later we are back to our old habits. The questions is, “Why do you fall off track?” “What are the barriers?” What IF…
Tag: New Year’s Resolution
Ok, so maybe your New Year’s resolution exercise plan might not be going according to plan BUT keep in mind any movement is great! Studies have shown that even if you break up a 30-minute workout into three 10-minute workouts – it is still beneficial!
Just keep moving! Of course we have all heard – use the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away in the parking lot and so on. Just increase your steps! A pedometer is fun way to track your daily steps.
After telling my husband how many steps I did at work – he wanted to try (to see if he could beat me – but he didn’t). Why not make it a challenge against your spouse, co-worker, family or friend. Nothing more motivating than a little competition.
You are probably starting to think – ok the New Year is coming soon I am going to exercise five days a week for one hour, eat balanced meals, lose 15 pounds by next month and so on.
Sometimes our New Year’s resolutions can be a bit complicated but SERIOUSLY – how long will we actually keep them because they are not realistic.
The key is to start out small. An hour of exercise five times a week may a bit too much when you are not used to exercising at all. Try 10 to 15 minutes and then increase it from there.
Set your goals very specific and small – give yourself boundaries. Write it down on a calendar. Something as simple as putting a smiley face or a sad face if you achieved your goal for the day. You can even reward (non food reward, that is) yourself for all your “smiley face” days – such as getting that book you have been wanting for awhile.
Remember to make your goals small, specific and realistic! If you fall off track the next day is always a new day.
Here’s to happiness and health in 2010!