It’s June 1st and I’m seriously ready to restart a fitness and wellness routine. It’s always nice to know you can get a fresh start at the beginning of a new month. I’ve been putting it off for way too long, and I’ve constantly felt like I need to really change for way way too long. I’ll admit, I’m really not happy with how I look, no matter what anyone else says to me otherwise.
I recently read some tips for starting and sticking to a fitness/wellness plan and here are some of the ones that I felt applied to me (and may apply to someone getting back into it all, too).
1. Prepare. I think this is the most important because just like anything in life, it’s better to plan. You can think of this as an appointment in your calendar, like a doctor’s appointment or an important meeting. Mark it on your calendar or planner. Create an alert on your cell phone so you can’t forget.
2. Start Slowly. Just because you know you’ve ran 3 miles before doesn’t mean you can do it as simply if you’ve been out of it for awhile. It’s probably better to start out slowly and gradually build up your distance and even speed.
3. Be Positive. Think about the gold at the end of the rainbow. Preparing and making a goal, and sticking to it is really hard! I know because I’ve been there, and I personally battle with this myself. Hard work reaps great reward and you should constantly remind yourself with that.
4. Think Healthy In Every Situation. When it comes to eating, think healthy. I’m not so much a dieter, personally, but more as a portion controlled eater. Try doing something active at the very least 10 minutes a day – run around with your dogs or walk around the mall with a friend.
5. Record Your Progress. Recording your progress with show you that you’re doing something and it will definitely be interesting to look at after a long period of time. I’m going to start logging in my food intake at The Daily Plate. If you use it, add me and lets motivate each other!
It’s summertime so even if you didn’t work out in time for “bathing suit” season, it’s never too late to start!