Many of us have been at a place in our lives where we want to start a fitness program. We research online or talk to a trainer, and the excitement builds. Then two weeks down the road we give up on the game plan altogether. Working out and staying fit is tough. It takes serious commitment and patience and sometimes, our attitude keeps us from reaching the goals we have set.
No one should begin a fitness journey under the impression it is going to be easy. If it were easy, we would have already done it. Instead, go into this journey with the understanding that it may be hard at times, and that there will be good and bad days. Look at your fitness journey as a series of small goals. Don’t just focus on the full amount of weight you want to lose or the big picture at the end. Meet mini goals throughout, and be realistic. Don’t tell yourself you can lose 20 lbs. the first week, or even the first month. Set smaller goals that are obtainable, and will, therefore, improve your attitude as you meet them. This will give you self-pride along the way, and you will be more likely to stick with your fitness plan.
I’m sure someone has told you that working out will make you feel better. Being involved in a regular fitness routine helps boost energy levels and burn off stress. We may not want to admit that being active has a lot more health benefits than curling up on the couch, but we all know the truth. We may need to convince ourselves to get up and move, but once you get in a routine, and start to notice how much better you feel, working out won’t seem like such a burden.
Another way to improve your attitude toward fitness is to find activities you enjoy. If you hate jogging, you’re probably not going to set a goal of running a 5k. If you hate going to the gym, don’t get the membership. Many people have a one-track mind when it comes to working out and fitness. Working out doesn’t mean spending hours lifting weights or running on a machine. If you like hiking, find a park near you, or find a place you can take your dog out and play. Simply taking a walk after dinner can be enjoyable and gets you moving. If you choose an activity that you hate, it will become a chore, and chances are you won’t stick with it.
We have to quit making excuses. I, for one, am great at coming up with excuses to stay on my couch instead of joining a friend for a hike or trying out a new yoga studio. I doubt anyone will say they have all the time in the world to work out, but you make time. It doesn’t mean hours at the gym, or even doing much of anything outside your normal routine. A couple of ladies at Liberty go out on walks on their breaks, which adds 30 minutes of activity to their workday. Walk up the stairs whenever possible. Do a couple of leg lifts at your desk. These are all manageable without taking away from our busy lives.
Attitude is a huge contributor to success. If we alter our mindset just a little, it can go a long way. I hope everyone can find an activity they enjoy, and I wish you all the best of luck in your fitness journeys.