Follow these 7 simple steps. It’s important to take 1 step each day. Read it; think about it, how can you make this happen? There is a lot to think about here, so you don’t need to complete each step on consecutive days. Make sure you have a clear picture for each step before you move on.
|Step 1 – Think positively|
What do you look like?
What are the positive benefits of reaching your goal?
Start to set some definitive goals.
If you want to get fit, what does that mean to you?
If you want to lose weight, what do you look like?
How much do you want to lose?
If you want to improve your health, what does that mean to you?
How would you know your health has improved?
|Step 3. ‘Mindful’ eating|
Think about what you eat and how you eat. Do you eat the same foods week-in, week-out? Is there a general eating pattern you follow? We are all creatures of habit. Lots of the eating habits we develop can be detrimental to our health. Identifying and breaking these habits is the first step to developing new ‘healthier’ habits.
Do you snack when you are not hungry?
|Step 4. ‘Mindful’ activity|
Get to know what your body can do and how it moves. Practicing Yoga and Pilates helps you be in control of how your body moves. The mind-muscle connection awakens muscles, which have become underused and weak. Being able to support your own bodyweight with strength and control is a very empowering experience. Through regular practice your body will feel strong, supple and energised. Even if you’re out walking or running, perform your activities with positive intention and purpose as opposed to mindlessly running on a treadmill while zoning out to whatever’s on the screen in front of you.
|Step 5. Improve your posture|
Modern lifestyles and inactivity can seriously affect your posture resulting in a multitude of aches and pains. Good posture not only affects how your body moves and functions, it also affects how you body looks. Poor posture can cause some muscles to lengthen while the opposing muscles shorted.
|Step 6. Plan|
Don’t leave exercise and activity to chance – plan ahead. Where can you fit activity into your day? The most frequently given reason for not exercising is ‘time’. I ‘don’t have time to exercise’. ‘I don’t have time to get fit’. You don’t need to spend 2 hours…even 1 hour a day, but try to do something every day. Use the green space you have around you. Get outside and do something active. Shake off the winter blues by raising your natural levels of serotonin and Vitamin D. Walk, run, cycle, do yoga…of course. Get your body moving and get a ‘spring’ in your step. Even a few short burst of activity are more then you were previously doing.
Congratulate yourself for al the positive steps you take to improve your health.
Go back to step 1. and start to put these steps into action. Now you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve, I will give you lots of tools and advice to help you achieve your goals.