Everybody will benefit from moving more. Period. Our desk-bound and screen-obsessed culture has all of us sitting on our butts way more than humans were ever meant too. Excessive sitting is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and a slow metabolism. Okay, now that I’ve scared you, get moving! You can start small by taking five minute walk breaks every hour, walking after dinner, doing yoga, or at-home bodyweight exercises. Just be consistent and increase your activity weekly.
Accept your starting point, and understand that you can only get better. One of the neatest things about being human is having the ability to create yourself and having the self-awareness needed to make changes. Don’t think about what you’re giving up or the questionable choices of the past, all that matters is what you’ll gain from leading a more healthy, active lifestyle.
Setting a goal allows you to envision your future and creates the short-term motivation needed to accomplish every step that will get you there. Want to lose 10 pounds in 3 months? Great. Map out your plan, day-by-day, week-by-week. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to do each day. A focused, consistent plan will create habits and minimize the self-doubt that leads to giving up.
A wise man once said “we are what we repeatedly do.” This is true of all behaviors, both good and bad. Reflect on what you’ve done in the past and envision the changes that are necessary for your future goals. Create a realistic plan that includes small, daily behavior modifications. Schedule your workouts, track your food, set reminders, or devote Sundays to meal planning and prep. Use any tool necessary to ensure your success. If your goal is a 20 minute walk, wake up knowing exactly when you’ll do it. Plans break down the mental barriers and excuses that let you slip back into old habits. Decide what is realistic for you, and just do it.
Own your actions and be able to explain exactly why you do them. This may take some uncomfortable self-reflection, but the end result is a clear mindset. You must take responsibility for everything that you do and all of the outcomes. Knowing that you are in control creates self-empowerment. Your independent decisions will show you what you are capable of and give you the confidence to strive for more. Seriously, stick to a workout plan, and the rest of your life will improve.
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