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Have you ever started a fitness or nutrition program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. This happens to many people, myself included.  Maybe you’ve gotten bored or maybe you aren’t loosing weight as quickly or maybe you’ve had an injoury or don’t have a whole lot of time to work for.  Regardless, it doesn’t need to be that way.  Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated while living healthy.  BTW, these things you can use in all areas of your life.  Maybe you need motivation in another place.

1. Set goals – Start with simple goals and then work towards longer-range goals.  You’ll want to make your goals are realistic and achievable for where you are now.  For example, if you are working towards changing your diet, a short-term goal might be to replace one soda a day with a glass of water.  An intermediate goal might be to replace one soda and one cup of coffee each day. A long-term goal might be to completely cut out soda for good.

2. Make it fun – Find sports or activities that you enjoy, as well as try new foods.   It’s okay to mix things up and do things that you enjoy.  The more you like it, the better you’ll stick with it.

3. Make physical activity part of your daily routine –Schedule your workouts as you would any other important activity. You wouldn’t miss a Doctor’s appointment or conference with your child’s teacher, would you?  When you plan, you most likely do.  Also, you can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Be creative! Take a walk during your child’s basketball practice, take the stairs instead of the elevator at work or walk in place while watching television.  Every bit adds up.

4. Write it down – Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Sleep better? Manage a chronic condition? Put your goal AND what you’re doing to achieve it on paper.  This is an excellent way to track your efforts and will remind you that you’re making progress.

5. Join forces with others – You’re not in this alone. Go ahead and invite your family, friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise or by eating healthy.  Or, you can join one of my support groups to help keep you accountable.

6. Reward yourself  – It’s totally okay to reward yourself with good thoughts and even with gifts.  When you reach a longer-range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new songs to enjoy while you exercise or even, my personal favorite….a massage.

7. Listen to your body – Be gentle with yourself if you need a break.  Your body will tell you if you’re pushing to hard.  Don’t use this as an excuse but just an opportunity to recharge.  The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can.

Now that you’ve got a plan to gain momentum, let’s get moving with exercise and good nutrition.  You CAN do this!

In this together!

Laura

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