Have you made a new year's resolution to get fit, eat well and lose/gain weight? Are you following through with your resolution or have you given up? Do you feel as if you're under a lot of pressure and cannot keep your resolutions? Are you overwhelmed and not sure where to begin? Have you tried the same fitness and food plan but can't stay on track? Lets talk.
I take on a holistic approach to fitness and health which addresses the body, mind and spirit. The body, mind and spirit are not seen as independent entities and what affects one affects the others. For example, if you exercise and follow a fitness plan, but do not eat well, you will not see the results you've hoped for.
"From the perspective of holistic health, fitness requires regular physical exercise, healthy, peaceful eating, good mental health, positive social-emotional experiences, and attention to our spiritual needs. When we are “fit”, our body, mind, and spirit are in tune with one another" (Ian Wallace).
Before we tackle nutrition and other aspects to a balanced life, I want to introduce you to 5 ways to stay committed to fitness.
5 Ways to Stay Committed to Fitness
1. Have fun
If you do not enjoy hitting the gym and running on a treadmill, don't sign up for a gym membership because let's be honest, you won't be going 3 months from now. Change your perspective of what exercise really is (it's a necessity and is enjoyable) and have fun with it. If you like to bike, bike around your block for at least 30 minutes. If you have kids, take them outside, run around and jump a skipping rope. Do something that you enjoy and gets your heart pumping. It doesn't have to be about lifting weights or running a marathon.
2. Schedule exercise as a high priority
Ever find yourself saying "I will workout once I run all my errands or if I have enough time after work"? It's time to change your attitude. Physical activity should be a high priority because it is proven to lower risk of developing diabetes and cancer, enhances cardio respiratory health and helps manage stress and depression. So lets bump up exercise on your priority list and get moving. You might even notice you are more productive, have more energy and think clearly after exercising. Only good things come from exercising.
3. Set achievable goal
When we set achievable goals, we are more likely to stay on track and accomplish our goals. Start small and gradually set more challenging (yet achievable) goals. You do not want to overwhelm yourself and drain your energy.
4. Take a class or join a group
It's always more enjoyable to take a fitness class with a friend or to join a team. You are more likely to achieve your goals because you have others to support you and help you stay on track. Working out with a friend is also a great way to stay connected and help your relationships thrive.
5. Get outside
If the weather permits, take your workout outside. You'll get your much needed dose of vitamin D while breathing in fresh air which helps to calm and clear the mind. Do yoga in the park, bike, walk or play ball with the kids. There are a variety of activities you can do to get your heart pumping and build strength and endurance.
Reminder: Don't be so hard on yourself. We are all human and sometimes we want to skip a workout, eat a sweet treat or binge watch our favourite TV show. And that's okay. If you feel to tired to workout, listen to your body, it might be telling you to take a break and restore your energy. If you are craving a sweet treat, snack on something that will help curb your cravings like almonds or apple crumble bites.
Now, take a moment to think about what type of physical activity you find enjoyable and let's set some goals!
Have a wonderful week and don't forget to move your body and thrive!