What are your health and fitness goals? We all have our own list. But how do you get from the ideas in your mind of what you want to actually making your life more active, fit, and fulfilling? Tackling your laundry list of fitness goals can sometimes seem daunting, so I have put together a few tried and true steps for taking on your fitness goals and taking control of your life.
Change that attitude!
This one can be a tough-y, especially as we get older. We start to make a variety of excuses, but really they all come down to the same thing: the attitude that no matter what, we’ll fail.
Deep down, you may think that fitness isn’t possible for you or you may be afraid of the work it’s going to take. Whatever the reason, though, you have to turn it around. There are plenty of geriatric baddies who work out a ton; some are yoga enthusiasts or runners, and some even life weights well into their nineties!
Consider them your inspiration. They’re proof that anyone can attain a level of fitness appropriate to their age. So, change that attitude, decide you’re worth it, and don’t let anything stand in your way!
I think one of the biggest reasons people let their fitness goals wither is that they don’t pace themselves well. They hit the ground running on Monday, but the sore muscles catch up with them and by Sunday, they’re sitting on the couch, watching football and scarfing down junk.
On the other hand, to some people fitness seems like a huge, hulking task they have to tackle—and it’s so daunting, they never even begin. Either way, baby steps are key, and you can work them into your everyday routine.
Have to drop off the dry cleaning, get a watch battery replaced, and grab groceries in the same area? Park the car at the grocery store, walk to your other errands, and then do your grocery shopping. Do you make lasagna every Wednesday? Try a new recipe packed with veggies and low-fat cheese.
When you do set aside time for a workout, don’t be discouraged if you lack strength—five push-ups can be built into six, seven, and so on to fifty or even a hundred, just by adding one every day as you get stronger. Incorporating small changes consistently over time will be a better way to build habits than going for broke and letting it all slip days later.
Whatever fitness goals you’ve made, it’s essential to have a solid idea of where you want to get and why. Knowing what your goals are and why those specific ones are important to you will really help you keep that determination going strong well into the future. However, you don’t want to feel that determination so intensely that missing one workout makes you upset or angry. Things happen—kids get sick at school and have to come home early, cars breakdown, etc. These bumps in the road are annoying, sure, but try not to get hung up on the things you can’t control. Instead, keep your focus on moving forward, and brush that bump right off. Others will come, and you’ll be ready to push past those, too!
So, make today the day you stop making excuses about your fitness for good. Remember, those excuses are just sinister thoughts that are trying to make you quit! I’ve had them myself, but I’ve learned to banish the inner bad mouth-er and charge on ahead. No matter what your age or how set you are in your ways, you can be as fit as a fiddle! Just start small, be flexible, and remember—you are worth it!
Kate McKay is a transformational speaker, coach, fitness guru, entrepreneur, and mother. She recently released her first set of e-books; launched her 28-Day “Living Fabulously Fit, from the Inside Out!” program; built a multi-million dollar company from the ground up, and is a single mom to three. Kate recently competed in a National Fitness Bikini Competition and placed in the top three at the age of 50. For more information, visit www.kate-mckay.com