As the second semester begins, it brings about a new beginning, new aspirations, and that’s right, new goals! After being off of our usual routines from school during the holidays, it’s easy to fall into a funk of not working out and eating junk. Yes, we all do it at times, but consider this your kick in the rear to get back at it! There’s no time like the present, so why not start now by reading this article. As we get into routines and repeat the same action for a certain number of days, we tend to form habits. The habits can be positive or negative, but during the holidays we tend to form more negative health habits rather than positive. In this article, we will get after ways of breaking the bad and building the good.
Step number 1: Identify what you do on a regular basis. Is it that espresso in the morning with the extra pump of sweetener? Maybe the afternoon pop with dinner, or even staying up too late at night which makes you crave sugar more and less likely to be active the next day. Knowing what you do on a regular basis will help you know which things to cut back on or what to add in.
Step number 2: Decide where you want to go this semester, and take actionable steps to get you to that end goal. Maybe you want to drink more water this semester, get more sleep, lose a few pounds, or gain some muscle. I have good news for you: you CAN do it! The only person in your way of becoming the person you want to be is you, so be your own best friend and support yourself in your goals by doing small things each day to get you closer. When you break down your goals to what you can do on a daily basis, they will be closer and closer within reach with each day. I would encourage you to set a few deadlines for these goals and make sure they are measurable. Remember that article I wrote on goal setting? You put it up on your refrigerator right? No? Well that’s ok because I’ll give you a quick low down on how to set some quality goals. Make sure they are S.M.A.R.T.! This stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely! Do this, and I have no doubt you will achieve anything you set your mind to.
Step number 3: Go get it! Now that you know what you want and you’re ready to start a positive routine for yourself, hustle, grind, and go get it! Your sacrifice today will translate into your success later. Then once you get that goal, tell me about it! I love hearing about people accomplishing what they set their minds to and who knows maybe I’ll even feature you in my next article. Dream big kids, and get back at it.
Your certified personal trainer,
Kylie DeWees NASM-CPT
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