Do you procrastinate? Do you tend to put off things you don’t want or know how to do? Maybe you have good intentions, but let other things move to the top of your to-do list.
Although there are many areas of life that one can “put off,” the one that stands out like a neon sign is health and fitness. The overwhelming tradition of New Year’s resolutions means that Jan. 1 of every year becomes that day we’ve put off. This is the day we all get a fresh start. Everyone wants to reach their goals. So why do we wait until a new year rolls around, hoping this finally will be the year we actually change our lives for the better?
Let’s start with the obvious: why people start a fitness program. Health issues dominate the top of the chart. Many times, people say their doctors told them it was necessary. For others, it might be an important event like a wedding. Still others just decide it’s important.
Maybe you don’t fall into those categories. Then what? There are many reasons why people put off starting a fitness program. For one thing, it’s not a quick, one-day task. Starting a fitness program is starting a healthy lifestyle. It’s ongoing. It’s for life. This can be intimidating for most people, especially someone who’s just beginning.
So, what’s the first step? Start thinking about it. Ask yourself these questions: Why am I considering it? What is my life lacking without it? What are my goals?
Identifying why a healthy lifestyle is important to you will help you get started. This goes back to having a goal that lacks specifics with no measurements or time limits. Without a plan, it’s much easier to procrastinate.
After you’ve answered these questions, then comes the hardest one: How do I do this? Maybe there’s something that seems to be stopping you. Perhaps you have tried before and didn’t succeed.
We all know the benefits of exercise and that it’s important for every one of us. Try telling yourself it can’t wait another day, another month or another year.
Taking care of your body and feeling better should be the reason you stop procrastinating. If you’re really ready to do it for yourself, you will. Put aside the excuses you don’t know how to exercise, you need to get fit before you go to a gym or don’t have time. Just take the first step and get started.