For many of us the New Year means starting or getting back on track in our health and fitness goals. I spend this part of the year navigating my newly packed gym, that was nice and quiet just the month before, now stuffed with people fighting the bulge. They have all the latest and greatest exercise gear and gizmos at the ready. Unfortunately the things they need for success cannot be bought at the Nike store or found in the latest Kim Kardashian article about how she really lost those extra 10 pounds…….yet again.
Thankfully, I do not have to wait long for my nice quiet gym atmosphere to return, as most of these newbies are no where to be found around the first week of February. Are you one of those people? I hope not, but being a realist I know you just might be. So what do we do about that yearly squandered goal of weight loss and renewed health? Below I will give you a couple simple tips to get you on track.
1. Get motivated. We have all battled getting or staying motivated while trying to acquire better health and wellness. One of the best ways is to follow tips 2 and 3 bellow. I tell people this almost every day: If you do not truly love yourself and are comfortable in your own skin you will not be able to change and stick with a health program. Simply, get your mind going in the right direction and you butt will follow! For those really struggling with motivation I highly recommend purchasing The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield.
2. Get help. I see this every year during the “I’m really going to get skinny this year” pilgrimage at my gym. The newbies wondering around aimlessly from machine to machine not having a clue what to do or how to do it. Staring at me working out, thinking they will get the magic answer by osmosis. When you don’t know what you are doing ask someone who does, plain and simple. For those of you who require a more hands on approach, get a personal trainer. Just don’t buy the 3 pack of sessions, make a commitment for 3 to 6 months and I guarantee you chances of success will be greatly enhanced.
3. In the beginning keep it simple. If you are new to working out or just getting back into it, the worst thing you can do, is be like Mike (Jordan that is). You are not a highly paid athlete so why would you try and train like one on your first week back. I tell the people I work with for the first couple of weeks go for a 30-45 minute walk after dinner and then start to incorporate pushups, planks and weightless squats. I kid you not it is that simple in the beginning! I know you got that great Insanity or P90X DVD set for Christmas, but that is a goal to work up to not to start with.
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