Have you ever noticed as the temperature drops, so does your motivation?
The idea of curling up by the fireplace with a good book or movie sounds a lot more appealing than fighting the cold and heading for a walk, hike, or to the gym. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us! Check out our 6 top tips on how to stay your healthiest during the fall and winter. What do you have to lose? 😉
ONE THING AT A TIME
One of the biggest mistakes made is trying to accomplish too much at once. You may have a goal to lose weight, cut back on sugar, go to the gym or yoga more often, and get more sleep. But slow down and focus on one goal at a time. When you try to obtain several goals at once, you can start to feel anxious. And if you fail to succeed at one of your goals, it may make everything feel like it’s a failure. This can lead to negative self-talk, which can negatively affect you and lower your chances of achieving any of your goals.
We may suggest only one goal at a time but we do feel goals are important. Setting a goal will improve your chances of reaching your desired outcome and inspire you to keep going. It can be easy to get derailed. With images of the super fit all over the internet, Instagram, and in magazines, it’s easy to feel inspired and a little envious. Yet basing your goals off of these images, aren’t productive or practical. It’s a sure fire way to lose motivation and give up.
Create goals that are applicable for you. Make them measurable, specific, and with a time frame. According to WebMD, it’s best to have a S.M.A.R.T goal. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Want to learn more about making a SMART goal? Check out WebMD’s article “S.M.A.R.T Weight Loss & Your Fitness Device”.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Doing the same thing every day can get, well, boring. Don’t get in a workout rut. Shake it up from time to time. If you’re a gym goer, try taking a studio class instead. Loyal yogi? Try a dance class or even a pole dancing class once in awhile. Make it one of your goals to switch it up a few times a month. Not only will this help you feel more motivated to work out but an added bonus, you can meet new people and make a few new friends!
TAKE A WALK
Did you know that taking a walk is a great low intensity alternative to jogging? It is! Walking is not only low intensity and easier on the ligaments, it also has a myriad a surprising benefits. According to Harvard Health, walking can counteract the effects of weight-promoting genes, it can reduce the risk of breast cancer, it eases joint pain, boosts the immune system, and even helps tame your sweet tooth. And the best thing about it? You can do it almost anywhere!
GET A BUDDY
Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of working out solo? Grab a friend, significant other, or family member to join you! You can motivate each other and keep each other accountable for your own goals. Plus, working out with a plus one feels less daunting and can be a little more fun than doing it all alone.
FUEL YOUR BODY
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of the holidays is the food! Indulging in treats, is a huge part of the holidays. While you don’t need to ditch the indulging, just be mindful to maintain balance. Reach for some veggies with your chips when eating dips. Bring a few plant based & low sugar treats to include in your feast. Try a few antioxidant rich berry desserts to go with the pecan pie and shortbread cookies. Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up for indulging! Don’t let one day, throw you off. Don’t let it get you down. Just get yourself back up the next day and feel good about yourself.
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