Hope your weekend is going amazing so far. Hopefully the first weekend of Summer has been kind to you. It sure is over here, but today we’re not talking weather. It’s all about fitness motivation today.
This was a guest post I received from Michelle, who has recently taken an interest in inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle. She has tons of knowledge in the health and fitness industry and since everyone asks her about her healthy lifestyle, we thought it would be great for her to share her amazing knowledge with all of you!
With that being said, welcome Michelle.
Talk is cheap in the world of fitness, and just about any person can say that they want to get back in shape. Many people plan to lose weight, and those people often lack a clear plan on how to turn that goal into a realistic result. One of the most common problems is trying to lose all of the weight at once. Individuals can experience burnout, and they can quit their diet before real results come about. They might hurt themselves by trying to do too much too quickly, and they might just grow bored of their routine. If you haven’t been active for a long time, trying to run a 5K can be extremely difficult on all parts of your body. The better approach is to start slow with your fitness routine, building up strength and stamina over the course of time. If you are serious about getting your body back into top shape, then you should create and follow SMART goals.
S stands for Specific. Too many people go vague when they put together a plan. If you are serious about getting into shape, then you need to have a specific goal. Do you have goals related to body measurements? Do you want to improve certain muscle groups? Do you have a poundage goal?
M stands for Measurable. In order for goals to work out, you must be able to measure the results. Come up with goals that you can easily measure.
A stands for Attainable. Some people start out with goals that they can never achieve in a given amount of time. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds in a month, then you will almost certainly fail, as the only way to do that is to cut off a limb. You need to ensure that you are working toward something that is actually possible. Don’t set the bar too low, though, and be sure that your goal is something that will lead to a worthy result.
R stands for Relevant. Make sure that your goal is relevant for where you are in life. If you are in your early 20s, then you might think about fitness goals relating to sports. If you are getting older, then lowering your cholesterol might be the goal.
T stands for Time-Bound. Your goal must have some tangible time measurement. Without knowing the time frame in which you need to achieve your goal, it can be very difficult to stay focused.
June is the perfect month to get out there and improve your body. With the first day of the month being National Healthy and Fitness Day, and with the right plan, you can get your body back to the top.
Use an inspiration board to help plan your goals. Here is an example:
* I love reading inspiring quotes on Pinterest. This one is from Live Gourmet. So simple, but so true!
* Nutrition is also something I need to work on for sure. Eating poorly is taking an effect on my energy levels during the day. I’m looking for a long-term improvement, not a temporary fix. I’m looking to experiment with healthy recipes and swapping bad snacks for healthier options. I plan to cut back on those tempting sugary cocktails, and opt for a fruity-smoothie version instead. I found a great recipe from Bar10der. Makes for a fun alternative to water or tea. I may even try them as an afternoon pick-me-up, or a power breakfast. There are thousands of great healthy cooking resources out on the internet. For example, have you ever tried a Mediterranean Paleo Pizza? I have not. But I found the recipe, and I can’t wait to try it.
* Everyone has his or her own source of inspiration, but to me the outdoors is my inspiration, so I’m using this as the anchor of my motivational board. As part of my initiative to spend more time doing activities outdoors, I’ve started to learn to golf at Atunyote, a New York golf club near my work. I usually golf 9 holes, it’s nice to be able to spend most of the time walking. What I like about it is that it’s a leisurely sport, nothing too strenuous.
* I would like to start running more. I’ve read from a lot of resources online about a great Couch-to-5k program that would be perfect for me to start with. It involves a mix of walking and running which is great for beginners. Hopefully by the start of fall, I’ll be ready to sign up for my first race!
What’s your healthy inspiration?
What’s your SMART goal for this Summer?
Have a beautiful Sunday, friends!