Everyone’s health needs are different. With all the advertising coming at us each and every day, from television to the internet to billboards and gyms, it’s easy to get pulled in to health plans that simply aren’t right for you. The commercials for these methods show astounding results (50 pounds lost! 50 pounds of muscle gained!), but that plan may not work the same for everyone.
Each and every body is different, and therefore it makes sense that each and every individual needs a different sort of health plan. The ones advertised can offer a great starting point, sure. On top of that, it’s up to you to find your perfect rhythm, diet and fitness plans to becoming your best you!
Answering a few of these questions may just be the best way to get started.
What do you truly enjoy?
Start here. What health-related activities make you the happiest? Does jogging soothe you? Do you love power-walking with friends? What about cooking up delicious meals? Take your health-related passions (or even those things you don’t really mind doing) and make it a goal to incorporate those activities into your daily life.
Is this something you can keep up with?
The best intentions are only as good as how you enact them. Making huge, lofty goals is all in good fun, but often they become difficult to keep up with. Picking smaller goals will make your regimen addictive, always on your way to the next tangible goal. On top of this, be sure that the goals you choose fit into your daily life accordingly. If you work until 9pm, for example, the goal of nightly workouts may not be so realistic.
Are you surrounded by a positive, supportive group?
Having a core group cheering you on is one of the best motivators towards success. If you enjoy exercising or cooking alone for some downtime, get involved with reading blogs that offer great tips and a community of like-minded people striving for the same achievements.
How do you feel?
Check-in with yourself every once in a while. When schedules get busy and time is limited, it can be easy to run through the motions without giving new routines a second glance. Are you feeling revived, amped up, and rejuvenated from your health plan, or does it have you feeling super sore and sluggish? Giving yourself a little mental check-in could make all the difference in continuing your newly developed plan.
Are there ways to better this for you?
Once you’ve nailed down a great routine, don’t stay stagnant. Take time to reflect upon what you’re doing well in achieving your goals and what you aren’t enjoying so much about your routine. Remember, this is YOUR plan. If you don’t like something, change it!
How do you design your life around health and fitness? We’d love to hear your tips and tactics!