When setting fitness goals, it's important to address all aspects of your personal wellness. You can include number goals (“I want to lose or gain 15 pounds”), emotional goals (“I would like to feel more happiness and joy and less anger”), and other goals such as having more energy for your kids or completing a marathon within a given timeframe. Cover all the bases and think about whatever makes YOU tick. Let yourself dream as well as set realistic, incremental goals so that your path is filled with little successful events!
As a fitness trainer and coach, I get my clients started on the following plan:
1. Say NO to sugar. When you feel the urge, have a piece of fruit or drink some water. (Sugar is soda, candy, cookies... well, you know what it is!)
2. Drink water – at least half of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink about 80 ounces of water a day. If you exercise, drink a little extra. (See 10 Ways To Drink More Water on my blog).
3. Say NO to alcohol, or reduce your consumption to once a week. It might seem boring, but avoiding alcohol really is best for your body.
4. Start moving around every other day. Do anything – a hike, a jog, a jig, a dance in the living room … whatever your thing is, DO IT!
5. Buy a diary, and answer the following questions: