Top Fit Tips for Reaching YOUR Goals

Happy Monday!

I hope everybody had a great weekend and is looking forward to a fit and healthy week :)

Monday is usually synonymous with starting anew: we start new diet, workout programs, lifestyle changes, etc. First off, you really don’t have to start over every Monday! If you find yourself seeking some lasting lifestyle changes, here are a few tried and true tricks to kick it into gear:

  1. PLAN AHEAD. How many times have you heard me say this? It’s only because it’s true. Take the time each weekend (it takes about 3-5 minutes) and plan out your workouts and meals. This way, you have them set. If you say “I’m going to try…” life will get in the way. If you make a date to workout, it will get done. Why? We all love to mark things off the to-do list. :)
  2. Set your workout clothes out the night before. Nobody wants to dig through their bundle of clothes each morning. Inevitably, your alarm will go off late or the kids will need a ride and those clothes will have to wait. So, set your clothes out the night before so you are ready for ALL the day may bring.
  3. Put your workout shoes in your way. Place your shoes where you’ll literally trip over them. This sounds silly, but it’s a great trick to get moving. Those shoes will taunt you until you get up and get it.
  4. Place reminders around the house. My half marathon training schedule hangs over my coffee pot. I put it there because it is a prominent place in my kitchen and I see it all day. This is where determination and dedication are grown into habit.
  5. Set reminders on your phone. Set a reminder every hour for drinking your water and set one once a day for your workout. It will get on your nerves, but it WILL change your daily habits.
  6. NEVER, and I mean never, underestimate a great playlist! Good music will get you up for and through any workout. I have a few songs that rotate freely, but right now I am really digging songs by Lacrae, Toby Mac, Britt Nicole, Newsboys, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Saul Williams and of course, all my 80′s classics! LOL
  7. Pack your food the night before. You won’t have time in the morning and good intentions will not make time move faster. Pack the night before and feel better about yourself in the morning.
  8. Have snacks on hand at all times. Almonds can stay sealed in your car for a while and are great in a pinch, like traffic. You can also keep sliced veggies in your purse (just remember to take them out if you haven’t eaten them!) and THIS is where protein bars, or cereal bars such as Kashi, are a huge help. Think like a boy scout and always be prepared.
  9. Slash calories by ordering a-la-cart at lunch. Pre-prepared meals at common fast food places usually have the cheapest and less nutritious foods. Order your chicken and a side salad. Nix the bread from the sandwich and have them cut the chicken into the salad. As long as you ask nicely, most places are happy to comply.
  10. Keep your goals handy. PLace your goals where you can see them. In your house, in your car, on your back porch, etc. Make sure you are clear with your goals and that you have set SMART ones. Whether you want to drop 20 pounds or cut 20 second off your run time, YOU CAN DO IT if you put in the work on a consistent basis.

I hope these 10 tips get you started towards better health and wellness TODAY!

Until next time, have a healthy day :)

Michelle

Nutrition for the Next Generation