Getting organized, motivated and taking small steps is what we believe will lead to greater fitness in the long run!
We at Fit to Inspire are not into resolutions – to us, they feel like a set-up for failure. Instead, we’re thinking about REVOLUTIONS. All it takes is a tiny bit of organization, and the payoffs are huge – fitness becomes reality and the well-being it brings radiates into everything else in life.
Right now, we’re super-inspired by Olympia Dukakis, who recently told FTI: “Fitness is important, because it gives you a will to engage in life.”
In the spirit of Better Fitness = Better life, we’ve compiled a wellness shortlist. These 10 points are your fast track to higher energy, creativity, stamina and patience (bonus: extra sanity and focus). Tape it on the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on your dashboard, wherever you’ll see it often. We promise that, once you start, you’ll see a ripple effect so fast, you’ll wonder why you ever put off a personal revolution in the first place.
- Begin and end your day with silence. Take a 3-minute break from being busy. Reflect. Prioritize. Acknowledge the value of fitness.
- Take baby steps. Make LESS time for fitness, more OFTEN. Don’t get trapped by grand-scale New Year’s fitness regimens and goals. Just put on your shoes and give it five minutes. Then, if you have time, five minutes more.
- Put it in writing. Mark your calendar now for weekly fitness.
- Who cares about trends? Do what you love. You are more likely to stick with a physical activity that you enjoy. Is it walking, zumba or a triathlon?
- Treat yourself. Take advantage of sales and promotions and buy new workout gear. Try some of these things we love. Keep your gear easily accessible: on the chair by the bed, by the door, wherever you can grab them easily.
- Pair up. Having a fitness buddy averts procrastination. Plus, it’s more fun!
- Commit. Sign up for one event before June (or more if you want!). Having a goal – a distance, a date, an event, a tennis partner to beat – is highly motivating. Your health is already a supremely worthy cause; having an additional one makes it about something bigger.
- The power of NEW. Pick a new activity, try new moves, test new equipment, source a new playlist to keep your adrenaline flowing.
- A family affair. Go for a family Sunday hike, swimming lessons or a paddle – everyone benefits.
- Eat mindfully. Pay attention: food affects energy levels as well as mood. Try to eat ‘clean’, and cut down on processed food. Try planning a weekly menu (good for balance, as well as your bank account).