Another year has come and gone, and we are nipping on the heels of 2018. This is the year you promise yourself to get healthy and fit. This is the year of your transformation.
Finally, you say, you want your strength, mobility, balance and agility back and to wear clothes that haven’t fit in years. You’ve set a ‘start date’ of January 1st to start your healthy journey. My question to you is: Why wait?
5 New Year Actions to Take Now for Your Health
Because today, this very moment, is all you have. Yesterday is long gone, and tomorrow is not guaranteed. John Wooden said it elegantly: “Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone. Define yourself as a reflection of your future, not on a focus on your past.”
Define Your Vision
Define your vision with deliberate intention. Create pictures in your mind of what you want to feel like and what you want to look like. John Scully once said: “The future belongs to those who see the possibilities before they become obvious.”
Example: the day I finally decided to take back control of my eating habits and to finally release the unwanted weight that was not serving my best interest, I started to see myself healthy, lean and physically fit.
The very first day I stood in front of the mirror after eating a balanced, nutritionally-focused diet and worked out, I saw no change. I didn’t physically see a lean body but believed if I stayed focused on the process, the body will change.
Identify Your Fitness Program
Find a workout and fitness program that works best for you. Build positive exercise habits into your day. Make it a priority. The reality is we are all busy and time is a rare commodity for each of us. But, you must always go back to your health and fitness priorities.
Prioritize Food for Health
Eat to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Your nutrition must be the focus in your daily healthy consciousness. Food choices by design must be made to continually nourish your body to create energy and maintain homeostasis within your body.
There is an old saying that your health and fitness program starts in the kitchen. You would never put cheap gas into your car, and you should not fuel your body with crappy fuel.
A necessary element to take control of your life is education – knowledge – by obtaining proper information that will move you in the right direction. Please be careful. With the advent of the internet there is a plethora of information out there regarding nutrition, supplements and fitness programs all boasting they are the magic bullet. Embrace the kiss principle – keep it simple and if it seems too good to be true, do some more research.
Hire a coach, even for three months, to get you started. A good coach will quickly learn your strengths and help to ensure what you are doing moves the needle forward.
So many times, I hear clients say I have been at my program for months and am not seeing any results. Patience and persistence will be necessary.
A coach can help to design, educate and structure a weekly plan that will finally lead to your success. A good coach will direct you on nutrition and push you just a step out of your comfort zone. The reward is a leaner, healthier and more energetic you.
I believe as we age Colin Wright expressed it best: “You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.”
So, the question again is, what are you waiting for?