2016 has begun and as usual you would have chalked out your resolutions for the year. Though how often have these resolution planning processes resulted in actual gains ? Since, BFP is a health and fitness blog, we’ll stick to planning out fitness goals and focus on points that need to be worked on rather than carving out superficial goals which eventually come down crashing.
As your fitness trainer I’m going to help you with ways to plan out these goals and help you take up whatever form of exercise you like as a lifestyle change and not just a fad.
Acceptance of who you are right n0w
Look at yourself in the mirror and just thank the universe for who you are. Do it ! Now that you’ve done that accept whatever you have and whatever you need to work on. What you are right now doesn’t determine what you can become because over the years you yourself haven’t challenged your body and mind to achieve things that you always thought were impossible or just difficult to start off with. Acceptance of your current circumstances is the foundation of great things that one can achieve. Do not underestimate yourself. You’re an athlete. A dormant one for now but that’s cause you haven’t unearthed it. 2016 is when you do and you will!
Commit to being active !
Start off with making a commitment to being active. I’ve always said being active is not restricted to just going to the gym or a yoga class. It could any activity that promotes movement and helps you push your boundaries. Go for a walk/run,play a sport,join a dance class,spend some play time with your kid or sign up for any activity that helps you move and keeps you active. Don’t tell me you walk too much at work and that your pedometer count tells you you’ve completed 10,000 steps for the day. I’m asking you take just 1 hour from the 24 hours we all have in a day. That’s not too much to ask for, is it ? Reclaim yourself by taking out. Make being fit a part of your lifestyle.
Setting Fitness Goals
Sit down with a pen and paper and list down the activities that would interest you. For example Walk/Jog/Run, Cricket,Football,Strength training,Yoga,Dancing,Swimming,Boxing,Cycling,Pilates,Zumba,Squash or Badminton to name a few. Pick up whatever interests you and get going. Try and mix it up as that would keep your interest levels high and wouldn’t promote boredom. You don’t need to go to a gym every single day. You can plan out strength workouts for as little as 2-3 days (Ask for full body workouts) in a week mixed with some other form of activities. This does help you to stay on track.
Fuel yourself with the best
You don’t have to think to brush your teeth first thing in the morning. It’s a habit, you just do it. Inculcating good food as a part of your daily intake is just like it. Spend 2-3 weeks drilling it in to your daily routine. Once healthy food habits become second nature to you, you’ll want to skip all the junk you always loved to binge on. Such an approach could only help you sustain and live a life you deserve to. In time, you’ll master the art, which once seemed like a daunting task. Good fuel will only help you to get into the best shape of your life. So, take your time to get comfortable with it and grow in to it. Little progress is still better than no progress!
Sleep well at night
Sleep is by far the most underrated tool in our daily life. We all know we need it but how many of us get enough of it ? Make it a priority to sleep well and see how your body reacts to it. There is a correlation to everything I’ve discussed in the post and sleep is as important as any. Your body undergoes so many changes while you sleep and hence it should be as important as being active in the day and eating well. Combine the three and you have the perfect formula to inculcate a healthy and fit lifestyle that could be a long term solution rather than having short fixes.
Patience is something that we often lack when we plan resolutions and that’s the eventual difference between what you may or may not achieve. Just like a good investment, it takes time and effort to get to these goals. So don’t assume a single workout will work wonders and help you get into shape almost instantaneously. We’ve all had days where after one workout we’d go flex in front of the mirror to see our ‘gains’. Your practice and handwork will get you into the best shape you’ve been in and feel really good about it at the same time.
Focus on the 6 rules above and see the results for yourself. Try it out for the first quarter of 2016 and let me know what you think of it.
Keep the suggestions and messages flowing in and I promise to bring a whole lot more in 2016.
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