So many people get fired up and start their goals to conquer the World with their resolutions and fitness goals.
A lot of those fired up people have fallen off, and by the middle of February, every gym is back to normal, until many of those people realize they have to wear a swimsuit on their tropical vacation this summer (and by that time it is usually too late).
Is it that they started so intensely that they felt like they were wearing a body cast of lactic acid and soreness, and thought, “well that is horrible…not for me?”
Maybe it is that they were overwhelmed with their trainer’s broccoli, chicken, and cardio diet, followed by a lemon, ginger, asparagus, honey, and oatmeal enema, and then, here, take these 400 supplements…oh, and we haven’t even got into your power lifting program…
Whatever it is that coerced or is deceiving you or your friends into quitting, there is an easier way to keep your resolutions and fitness goals.
Feeling better, looking better, and moving better doesn’t have to destroy you, nor does it have to be complicated, nor does it have to cost you an arm and a leg.
Here is a simple four item list that you will be able to keep…for the rest of your life:
- Less is More
- Build Habits
- Restarting is Okay
- Do something, even if it is little, and do it now!
It isn’t sexy, and it seems counter-intuitive, until you have talked to my longest-attending clients with the most transformation. Start with a daily walk for 5 or 10 minutes, and think about how you can fit this small time and effort pleasantry into your life for the next week. As the weeks progress, so can you. If you slowly added 30 minutes of daily walking the results for your health and longevity are tremendous.
The same goes for nutrition. Imagine replacing one unhealthy food item with an healthy food item, and you knew you could enjoy this change for the rest of your life. Now, perform that once per month, for the next year, and you have totally changed the way you eat, and the best part, is that you will be able to sustain this for the rest of your life…no more yo-yo dieting.
So much of the success that I see, is because the person built the habit of just showing up to Innovative Results, or just walking every day…no matter what. At first, habit building is slightly challenging, but no where near as challenging as the person trying to lose 43 pounds in three months, and running a marathon before they turn 40, which is happening in three weeks.
The habit-builder sees tremendous change, not because they have a better goal, or more motivation, or more energy, but because they are more consistent. Habits are how you see yourself living forever, whereas goals that are large, are seen as an end to a horrible feeling…which often are not achieved, or if someone achieves the goal, they stop, and you can tell me what happens next. Back to the old, default way of living.
If you are feeling rotten about quitting or giving up, you don’t have to…it sounds too simple and too easy, but just start again. If you exercise and improve your nutrition for a month, and then fall-off, and then start a month later, and then do it again, and again, and again…you have exercised 5 months more per year than the person that quit after the first month, and never started again. If it sounds too simple and too easy, it is because it is too simple and too easy. Start again. Today is the beginning of the rest of your life, and what happened yesterday does not have to define you today.
Seriously, motion creates emotion, and if you don’t believe me, you haven’t stood up, moved around, smiled, and laughed yet. Try it with me. Stand up. March in place. Slap your right hand on your left thigh, and your left hand on your right thigh, while you march. Smile as big as you can, and laugh out loud. Even if you are interrupting the corporate meeting that you are supposed to be paying attention to right now. Do it now, and let this tiny bit of effort show you the great rewards that come from a changed life.
Looking for Improve Quality of Life, look no further than the four simple and easy to apply action items here:
If you liked what you read, give it a like and a share, and if you want to read more check out the links below:
- Watch the incredibly positive effects of walking for 30 minutes per day here.
- Here is a long term, incredible transformation story.
- Why are mini-habits so powerful?
- Smiling is Powerful