Coach Erik here:
We’ve all been there. We take a break from our fitness and wellness habits during the holiday season and resolve to turn it “on” in the New Year.
The question is, how can we make our resolutions stick when our New Years momentum begins to fade? My offering today is my top 10 tips for living the fit and well in 2013 and beyond.
Tip #1: Make your health and wellness a top priority. Have a plan. Schedule time for yourself. Guard your time fiercely.
Tip#2: Have a compelling “why” for taking consistent inspired action. If your why is big enough the how will show up for you.
Tip#3: Maintain a positive attitude. What we think about we bring about. Keep it positive.
Tip#4: Engage in exercise that is fun and compelling. Stop working out and start “Playing Out.” Make exercise fun.
Tip#5: Let go of judgment, shame, and guilt associated to your body and your actions. Instead of “failure” consider there is only success and learning (you get to set the rules of the game!) Consider you are perfect yet unfinished. Nothing needs to happen for you to feel love, joy and success NOW. Happily achieve versus achieve to be happy.
Tip#6: “Nuke” your scale and instead concentrate on how you feel. People often come to fitness because of they way they want to look. They stay because of the way they want to feel.
Tip#7: Let go of “have to” and “should” and dwell on “get to” and “Must.”
Tip#8: Actively feed your mind with positive books, people, and media. Surround yourself with positive energy.
Tip#9: Nourish your body with healthy, energizing foods. Notice how your food choices make you feel. Decide how you want to feel and ask yourself the question, “is this choice serving me or stealing from me?” (energy, health, well being etc.) Choose foods that serve your health and wellness.
Tip#10: Seek happiness and Joy in the daily journey of fitness and wellness. Give yourself permission to feel alive and “arrive” every day!
Take away: I invite you to make every day your January 1st. Know that every moment is a new beginning filled with endless possibilities. Resolve to make fitness and wellness a joyful, judgment free lifestyle and not simply a means to an ends.
Now that is a resolution that sticks.
Live Fit and Be Well,
Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, blogger and author of the book, LIVE FIT AND BE WELL: A Personal Transformation Workbook.(Amazon: http://amzn.to/t3z97A) In addition to training for life, he is a 13-time marathoner and 5- time Ironman Triathlon finisher.