We’ve all been guilty of it before. Why is it that whenever we talk about starting our health and fitness journey, we immediately reach for the phrase ‘I’ll start on Monday.’ New Year’s Resolutions are always full of people pledging that this year they’ll start going to the gym or finally stick to that diet. It’s great to have goals, but you only get results when you start implementing action. What we need to start getting comfortable with, is the word ‘now.’
The Power of Now.
It’s time to embrace the power of now! And no, I’m not talking about spiritual enlightenment, I’m talking about action. Studies show that some humans receive the same amount of satisfaction from talking about completing a task as they do from actually completing it. This means that when we talk about buying that gym membership, it’s almost like we are already checking it off our list without actually taking any positive action towards change! It’s time to stop living through our goals and start living in them.
3 ways to get started today!
- Keep it simple!
You can still set goals! They are great to have, we just need to start making them feel achievable. Break them down into daily or weekly challenges that you can check off as you go. Rather than saying ‘I want a six pack’, maybe start with ‘I will do 50 sit ups this morning’ or ‘I will go to the gym this afternoon.’
- Find a workout buddy!
A great way to keep yourself accountable is by making plans to workout with a friend. It’s harder to cancel when there is someone else counting on you. Plus, it might just make it a little more enjoyable.
- Make a meal plan!
One of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy diet can be time management. After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is have to plan a meal. A great solution is to set aside one day a week for all your meal prep. Plan your meals, purchase the ingredients, you can even make meals ahead of time and pop them in the freezer. The idea is to make as little work as possible for yourself during the week, so you’re less likely to go for take away instead.
The most important thing is to be kind and realistic with yourself. If you miss a gym session, that’s OK. If you really feel like a pizza, that’s OK too. When you are actively working towards your goals, rewarding yourself with downtime and cheat days it is healthy and normal.
Just drop the excuses and stop waiting for Monday. The time is now!