You don't need a new month or a new year to be a new you. Any day you wake up can be a fresh start. All you need is to make the decision to start once again. Here's how.
1. Commit to the tiniest possible changes and build upon them.
What can you realistically commit to? Can you exercise for an hour three days per week? If so, make that your commitment. Maybe you're ready to exercise five times a week and have two days per week when you can skip.
If you can come up with a plan you can stick to, it will build your confidence day by day. Be realistic, but make sure you prioritize exercise.
2. Do one small thing for your health every day.
Imagine if you woke up every day and asked yourself what you could do to invest in your health and fitness. When you do that, you'll become more conscious of your choices and make better decisions about what you eat, how much water you drink, how often you exercise, how much movement you squeeze into each day and the number of hours of sleep you get at night. If you can’t do everything you want in a 24 period, just ask yourself: What’s the one thing I can do?
3. Focus on improvements, not perfection.
If you find yourself not keeping to the promises you made before this year began or if you are falling into some bad habits, don’t beat yourself up. Positive changes can never be made when you are busy hurling criticisms at yourself inside your head and atoward a healthy lifestyle isn’t always simple or easy. Look forward instead. Go for improvement over perfection.
4. Reward your healthy behavior.
Are you the type of person who loves to cross things off a to-do list for the feeling of accomplishment? If so, get a calendar where you write down when you work out and what you do. Jot down your weight once a week to see your progress. Make your commitment to exercise fun by documenting it, or using fitness apps. Buy yourself a new workout outfit, a new pair of running shoes, a reusable water bottle, a healthy eating cookbook or a new fitness DVD to reward your healthy habits.
5. Build your healthy habits one brick at a time.
If you feel you have a long way to go to create a healthy lifestyle, try and make one healthy new change per week. Every Sunday, take on one new healthy step. Maybe one week you decide to drink more water, and the next week you have one less dessert each week, and the third week you start packing healthy snacks for work … just keep adding healthy habits one brick at a time and build your healthy lifestyle week by week.
Use these tools and tips to restart your fitness if you find yourself lagging this month. Keep me posted!