Why wait? As we round the bend into the year’s end, many of us will write goals and New Year’s resolutions and fully intend on keeping them—beginning January 1. The question is, why wait? Waiting until January 1 to begin tackling diet and fitness goals could be the ticket to creating more work for ourselves come January.
With holiday gatherings throughout December, many tend to eat more, gain some weight, and work out less due to hectic schedules and added events. Some of us can even justify December’s poor habits because January is coming.
Why not initiate some great diet and exercise goals now—before the year end—and build momentum with which to begin January? If we commit to healthy habits now, we’ll likely minimize unhealthy choices during the holidays. Think of the benefits of resisting the temptation to procrastinate tackling your goals now. Get pumped about getting moving on those goals today. Get a head start on the fittest new year possible with these 5 workout tips:
1. BELIEVE you have what it takes to reach your goals.
Fitness goals are fitting for every age group. And when appropriately established, they build self-esteem, improve sleep, increase energy, aid in weight loss, improve brain function, build muscle, reduce risk of disease, and boost overall well-being and happiness.
Many people procrastinate simply because they doubt their ability to handle the challenge. Choose to believe you have what it takes to reach your workout goals. See yourself as a success and you will rise to the level of your vision.
2. ENJOY the life you’ve been given.
Many people participate in holiday festivities throughout December, yet really aren’t happy. The underlying tone of their emotions is dampened from things like relationship challenges or winter weather.
Exercise causes the release of endorphins in the body. They trigger a positive feeling and positive outlook on life. As a result, workouts actually ward off anxiety and depression. They help you enjoy the life you’ve been given. Life is a gift and meant to be enjoyed. Why not work out and naturally boost your mood and overall well-being. Avoid winter blues, and don’t allow your workout goals to be derailed. Get happy by committing to work out and follow through with your goals, starting now.
3. VALUE and prioritize your own self-care—which includes exercise.
So many times, we put the needs of others before our own. We hustle about shopping for the perfect gifts for others. We burn the candle at both ends, striving for excellence in all we do—yet we overlook the importance of taking care of ourselves. If we simply realize we must take care of the goose if we want her to keep laying golden eggs, we may just capture the essence of abundant life. We can’t give what we don’t have, so why not value ourselves enough to prioritize our own need to work out regularly, so we can keep giving to others.
4. EMBRACE the dreams in your heart for a healthy life.
Hang the picture of your ideal physique where you can see it and get motivated to plow through every obstacle that tries to delay your goals. Write your workout goals down and post them on your mirror, your refrigerator, your treadmill, your steering wheel, and electronically on your computer, iPad, and phone for constant encouragement and focus.
No one can do it for you, so don’t stop until you have accomplished and exceeded your goals. Allow your goals to reflect your highest priorities and values, and don’t wait for someone else to encourage you toward them. Encourage yourself consistently—you can do this!
5. ACHIEVE what you set out to accomplish.
Triumph over every obstacle and nagging excuse. Becoming healthy and working out regularly is one of the best decisions you can make. Accomplish your goals, and enlist a friend or family member to encourage their growth and achievement as well. Multiply the joy of conquering by doing it together. Realize you may be the answer to the need of another, so in addition to achieving your own goals, be a catalyst to inspire others to reach their goals as well.
To schedule a free workout and get a head start on the new year, at Elite Training, give us a call today at (619) 478-0194. Meet with a personal trainer and get the results you want safely and affordably.