How’s that New year’s resolution working out to get fit in 2016? Give up yet? Hanging in there? Fortunately you can start again today! There’s been so much in the news lately of people dying of heart disease, it’s really sad because it’s preventable.
As we age we need to put effort into staying fit, but its more than just an unhealthy lifestyle that can kill you. What’s the use of being spiritually strong if your body is going down the crapper. Your health is your wealth. There are people in the hospital right now begging God for the opportunity you have now to be healthy.
You don’t notice good health until it’s gone. It starts in your mind. Every battle or challenge begins in your mind. Make a decision to live long and live strong. If you can see it you can do it. Professional motivational speakers will often tell people to first visualize success in your mind get a picture of where you want to go.
Next create a vision board and hang it up in your house where you will see it. Put your goals out in front of you. This works with anything you want, a new career, new house, new body, marriage and family. You notice in weight loss commercials they give you a vision of what you can be.
They will show you the end result of weight loss with a woman with a slender body, healthy, happy and smiling. You see her and say yes, I want to look like that. Success is a formula it doesn’t just happen. There has to be a method that is in place.
You don’t see the hours and hours of preparation pro athletes put in to become the best. They are not just showing up on the court. Repetition, repetition, repetition. What habits are you exercising to bring you closer to your goal? If there are none, Take Action Today! What habits am I exercising to keep me fit? I’m glad you asked. I exercise on the elliptical at least 3 times a week for 20 to 35 minutes.
I habitually drink water Monday through Friday and give myself a break on the weekends. It’s only two bottles of water everyday but habitually that adds up to 40 bottles a month. My skin is clear and glowing and I receive a lot of compliments on my skin. My diet has changed dramatically.
Red meat once or twice a month, is my new normal. But in actuality I hadn’t had red meat in about 3 months and didn’t miss it. Until last week that is, it was my birthday and I had a steak dinner to treat myself. But my new daily drill is, Breakfast: banana, yogurt, cereal, Lunch: chicken Cesar salad and chicken fried rice, or some variation of salad with something light.
Sometimes I may have a light third meal but most times I do not. So I’m doing like 2 meals per day and that is becoming my new normal. The water suppresses my appetite so that I’m not hungry and don’t snack constantly. Your body will get used to changes quickly. I get plenty of rest. It takes effort. Some days I wake up I don’t “feel” like going to the gym. But I put on my exercise clothes and go whether I “feel” like it or not. Funny thing is after I workout I feel great and the results motivate me to keep going. My energy is high and now I feel like a rocket that can go to the moon!!! Prepare for take off!!!
- Get moving, exercise your body, start slow and build up
- Change your diet
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of water, it’s the fountain of youth
- Be patient. It takes time to change your mindset and settle into a new routine
Change your mindset for fitness in 2016
- You have to want it! Your success will only be as strong as your desire. You have to be mentally and physically ready to maintain a permanent change in your health.
- Remember it’s measured in increments. Celebrate small successes along the way. Even if it’s 3 pounds, it’s 3 pounds of success, loose 3 more. A steady drip of water will burn a whole rock.
- Consistency is the key. You are what you habitually do.
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