Among the most popular New Year’s Resolutions from 2017 and 2018 are:
Financial: save more money
Weight loss: become more active
Dietary: eat healthier
Self care: get more sleep, quit smoking, etc
Self development: Read more, pick up a new hobby, etc.
In this month-long series, I will highlight a common resolution each week and offer tips based on my experience as a Certified Health Coach. Let’s begin with the weight loss resolution: become more active!
One of the biggest resolution mistakes is setting unrealistic goals. So, if you think that you are going to go from zero to six times a week at the gym and lose 30lbs in four weeks like on The Biggest Loser, then I really want you to step back and think reassess. Think of it this way: “I want to lose 30lbs and not keep it off”; SAID NO ONE EVER. If this is your end goal, then GREAT. But I have to tell you that research supports that long term weight loss should be approached with a slow but steady pace. Let me offer you these additional tips to help you get started!
One of the biggest mistakes in the fitness world is getting into an exercise routine with the intention of losing, and after some time passes you notice yourself hitting a plateau. Remember it’s always calories in, calories out. You may need to attack your weight loss via diet, exercise and other lifestyle healthful habits.
Related: Overcome the Weight Loss Plateau
I confess that I greatly empathize with those who juggle all of life’s responsibilities. Unfortunately, until you make health and exercise a priority and make time for it (just like everything else in your life), it just won’t happen. Wake up early to go for a jog, do an exercise tape on your lunch break, hit the gym after work or take a few walking breaks several times a day while at work. Sometimes you just have to take the time where it is even if it’s just a little bit at a time.
Accountability, Support and Motivation
I’m going to be frank here. You are going to have to take back the power of your habits and find the key ingredients to your success including motivation, support and accountability. Believe it or not, often times these three ingredients come together rather than just one by one. Just because your spouse, coworker or friend couldn’t join you in your workout doesn’t mean it can’t happen. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to tune into your WHY, cultivate a good support system and find the type of accountability that keeps you going. Discovering these three ingredients may require a bit of digging, which a certified health coach is trained to support you in. So do not be afraid to seek this type of support in your journey!
Peak Energy time
Part of creating a regular exercise routine is learning not to repeat old behaviors which can lead you right back to the same pattern of self defeat. You need to ask yourself, “When is my energy and motivation highest?” You may begin to notice that you really have lots of energy first thing in the morning or around lunchtime. This little observation can help you start planning the optimal time for your workout and as a result lead you to decide how and where you actually need to exercise.
Marketing Assistant for Pinnacle Bank, Abbey Benson shares, “Since determining that my energy is highest mid-day, I have successfully committed to at least three days a week for at least thirty minutes on my lunch break, whereas before, I was consistently lacking motivation for my at home evening workouts. Now I am more focused at work and feel like I am actually living the life I’ve been dreaming of for so long.”
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey