This article was contributed by Callie Leaver, a personal trainer located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Callie is certified through AFAA, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. If you live in the Atlanta area and are interested in contacting Callie you may do so by by submitting a comment to this article.
It’s a new year and we’ve all heard the statements of commitment:
“I have to get into shape”
“I need to lose 10 pounds”
“This year I mean it!”
“I am finally going to use the gym membership I bought 2 years ago”
Everyone seems to have such good intentions as the clock strikes midnight and it is a new year.
Then reality sets in; you have to go back to work; the kids have karate; your significant other is out of town and you are forced to take care of the household alone; your boss sends you out of town for a very important meeting. The next thing you know, it is December 31 and you patiently await the coming of another new year to make your fitness commitment. The cycle for many just goes on and on for years and years.
I encourage you to stop the cycle. How, you might ask? Remember you are in control. This is your life. Okay, you were unable to start the fitness trek the first week of January or even in January. In my opinion, this is a hard time to commit as we are all trying to get back into life routines after the holidays. Don’t let another 11 months go by without taking care of you.
- First and most importantly, ensure you have no physical issues by visiting your physician. In most cases your physician will encourage you to participate in some fitness activity.
- Remember – YOU deserve to benefit from fitness.
- Make a list of all those things that must get done. Include going for a walk on that list.
- Prioritize your list – hint walking needs to be up there with going to work and taking care loved ones.
- Make a list of excuses. You are smart enough to determine which ones are legitimate and which ones aren’t. If they aren’t legitimate, commit to not allowing those excuses to prevent you from achieving your goals. If they are legitimate determine a manageable course of action.
- Create a realistic plan – the plan needs to be realistic. Schedule 3 days a week to go walking. You can begin with 10-15 minute walks and then increase your walk time and intensity based on your fitness level and your fitness progression.
- Share your plan with someone that can hold you accountable. This individual should be a supportive individual that you trust – not a critic.
- Remember – YOU deserve it.
- Get a friend or a relative to join you. Maybe your children are old enough to ride their bikes next to you. Walking with family members does constitute family time and teaches children to make fitness a priority. Plus you can catch up on what happened during the day.
- Follow your plan to the best of your ability. If life happens and you have to miss a walk – so be it. But don’t let the missed walk turn into a month’s worth of missed walks.
- Finally – Remember – YOU are worth it!
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