Working on you is the most important project you have. Whether it’s improving nutritional habits, exercising regularly or living a more balanced life, there’s only one of you. There will only ever be one of you. Making the most of your life each day is the goal. Aren’t you important enough to make yourself, your health and your life a priority?
Of course you are. So why do you fail when it comes to one of the most important things in your life? Actually, there could be many reasons you fall short in your quest for better health. Pinpointing your goals and identifying what’s keeping you from achieving them is the key to success.
Your goals could be very specific: losing a few pounds, looking great for a special occasion, preparing for an athletic event or addressing a medical concern. Perhaps your goals are simply life-long healthy habits. Once you’ve written down your goals, identify what keeping you from achieving them. This is when you need to have a heart-to-heart talk with yourself.
There are many reasons fitness goals fail. One of the main reasons is underestimating how hard it is to change a pattern or habit. It’s all about making many small changes that collectively make a big change. Exercise should be a non-negotiable part of your life. You don’t need to be a fitness saint. But when you accept fitness isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, you’re more likely to stick with it for life.
Exercise and fitness programs can be intimidating. Strong, lean and perfect bodies aren’t the goal. Being the best you can be is. Fitness goals can fail if you don’t know how to achieve them. Learn the four cornerstones of fitness: cardiovascular (gets your heart pumping), flexibility (stretching and lengthening muscles), strength (build muscles and core) and nutrition (giving your body the nutrients it needs to thrive). Ask a personal trainer to help you learn how to exercise, achieve your goals and avoid injury. Walk into a health club where you feel comfortable and picture yourself belonging.
If you’ve been riding the started and stopped roller coaster of fitness, you already know the benefits of exercise. But there’s an underlying reason you stopped. Realize your health and fitness goals are for life. Schedule time each day for exercise. Make an appointment you can’t miss. The more it becomes a routine, the easier it is. By making exercise fun, you won’t want to miss out. Fitness goals fail not only because you don’t make time for yourself, but also because exercise becomes boring or just another task on our to-do list.
A healthy lifestyle is a choice. If you’re someone who’s had or have serious medical concerns, lacked self-confidence, put others ahead of your needs, lived a “too-busy” life, lacked energy or wished you could be happier, then, today’s the day. Today’s the day you stop procrastinating about the most important project you have — you. Like Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Take the shot.