New Season, Who This?
Fall is quickly approaching and with the temperatures cooling, a new season is a great time to get your healthy goals back on track. Here are a few tips to keep you Fit with Finesse all season long!
Define your “why?” and make it your mission.
Write down why you are trying to get in shape and how it will improve your life. Keep a copy in your gym bag, post it on your bathroom mirror, and or put it anywhere you will see it daily. Read your mission when you are tempted to skip a workout or raid the refrigerator for that late-night snack.
Integrate your healthy habits into your day-to-day activity
Schedule your workout sessions and write them down on your calendar. Treat them as important appointments that can’t be missed because self-care is essential! Even if it’s a 10-minute walk after work, that time is valuable. A workout journal can help you stay focused on your goals. For each sweat session, record the date, duration, what you did, and do a heart to check to see how you felt afterward.
Do something active every day.
Life happens, and sometimes the best-laid plans change. So if you cannot fit in your fully scheduled workout, do a scaled back one. If you can’t make it to the gym, walk around the block or do a short yoga stretch before bed. It’s easier to stay on the wagon when you are active than to get back on after you’ve fallen off. Remember to keep moving! Remember, there are many ways to track progress besides losing weight; track your measurements, how your clothes fit, your endurance, and recovery.
Find your Swolemate!
Having a reliable training partner makes it harder to blow off your work out. Plus the camaraderie and little competition make it a lot more fun. Friends who sweat together stay together. We love being each other’s accountability partner. When one of us hits a low moment, we help each other remember that a setback is not the end of the world and we have the power to make change happen.
Have fun and celebrate!
You have to like it if you’re going to stick with it! Try different workouts until you find the one that floats your boat. Love yoga? Try Aqua Yoga! Love Zumba? Try an African dance class. Boredom is the ultimate motivation killer! Also, life is all about celebrating the small wins. At the end of each week or month that you’ve stuck to your program, reward your successes with a healthy treat, maybe a massage, new running shoes, or my favorite, coconut ice cream between two Maxine’s Heavenly Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies