BOOM… the New Year begins, the festive celebrations wind down and clarity starts to appear… You are fat and out of shape! You have an eagerness to do things differently this time round – especially regarding health and fitness.
Ok then, let’s get going.
First… take some action. Basic, simple action. This is key. Doing something now is the only jump start you need. Don’t worry about thinking things through or planning things out or making things perfect. That’s for later. NOW… just do something physical. Walk, hike, clean your desk, clear out the fridge, hit the gym…. Anything. Just do it as soon as possible.
As you dive into this initial activity, stroke your ego. Praise yourself for taking action. Really notice your vitality as you move your body.
Leave something on the table. DO NOT over do it on this first effort. End the first activity with a feeling that you COULD do more and WANT to do more. But do not workout to the point of exhaustion.
The first effort should be light and invigorating. A taste of a healthy, sustainable activity.
This year… we are going for CONSISTENCY.
Regular activity is better than sporadic activity if you want real results. So, ease into this routine gently. Over enthusiastic efforts can lead to exhaustion or injury which will stall your progress.
Notice your desire to be more active and fan this delicate flame to keep yourself motivated. AND, resist over training.
After a few deliberately gentle workouts, you will feel some pleasant sensations.
Intentionally notice anything positive. Make a “note to self” and plan to work out again as soon as possible. Make room for your physical activities. Block out time to train your body.
Hire a trainer.
Now that you’ve got the ball rolling, it’s time to get some professional help. Hire a trainer to assess your fitness level and design a workout plan that is flexible and fun.
Make a commitment.
Constantly re-commit to this active lifestyle with vigor and enthusiasm. Over time, your identity and self image will change for the better. For now, just start.