summer body


"New Year, New You" exercise motivation has fizzled, but summer is soon approaching and some of us need a  "resolution recharge" to get our bodies ready for the beach! 

#1:  GET A BATTLE BUDDY:  Research shows that we can be up to 80% more successful with our health goals when we solicit an accountability partner (if not 2 or 3!). We suggest you make a pact with a couple of friends. Share your short-term health goals with your accountability partner (for example, I want to walk 2 miles 3 days a week) and ask them to check in with you weekly (or daily if you need it) to check in on your goal progress. Group accountability is great too! Social media has tons of online support groups specific to every kind of health and fitness goals. I would suggest to try and find a smaller group or put together one of your own private Facebook accountability group with people you know. 


#2: CHANGE THINGS UP: Mabey you stopped going to the gym because you were just frankly bored with it. I mean, who doesn't feel like a hamster in a wheel going nowhere when running on a treadmill. Research some more creative ways to workout that are available in your area. Have you ever tried indoor rock climbing, or taking a pole dancing fitness class, or shook your booty in a Zumba class? Mabey you are more of an outdoorsy type. You can sign up for a kayaking class, or find some local trails to hike.  If you are looking forward to a workout because it is new and exciting to you, the more likely you are to do it! 


#3:  STOP LOOKING AT THIS AS A "DIET":  The word "diet" implies "punishment", "restriction" and "temporary". This is why all diets eventually fail. Start looking at it as a "lifestyle change".  If you start thinking yourself as a "healthy person" rather than "a person who is trying to be healthy" it can make a big difference with your motivation. When you look at that box of donuts in the office and think "I can't have that. I am on a diet". How does that make you feel? Not very motivating huh? The mindset shift to looking at the donuts and thinking "I am a healthy person and that is not supportive of my health goals". Now that sounds like a person who empowered by their journey and focused on their goals! 

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