How to Get in Shape by January 1st!
When you want to double down and make the commitment to change your body, change your health and change your life…where do you begin? Here are some tips to help you learn how to get in shape by January 1st!
Begin by figuring out where you are now. What are you eating? Do you exercise regularly, or have you become a real couch potato?! Take a few days and journal what you eat. Use the forms in my new free giveaway, How to Get in Shape by January 1st. Look on at the right hand sidebar and get this important Super Guide while it’s still free.
For me, exercising regularly is an ongoing challenge. Frankly, it’s become much easier for me to eat well than to exercise on a regular basis as losing my depression (it’s been 4 years now!) has been such a miracle for me that it keeps me honest with my diet.
If you’re getting back into exercising, take it easy and start slowly. It’s better to do something rather than nothing. Did you know that even stretching for 10 to 15 minutes a day can help you in many ways? Stretching keeps you limber and helps you relax as well. If you’re not sure what stretches to do, pick up this book, “Stretching” by Bob Anderson.
Walking is a great way to get back into exercising. I’m not talking about a slow saunter either; I’m talking about a brisk power walk. Get your heart pumping!
Find something you enjoy, whether it’s walking, jogging or riding your bike and start slowly… don’t try to make up for years of inactivity by being a weekend warrior. In other words, don’t hurt yourself, or I promise you’ll fall off the exercise wagon in order to recover. I speak from personal experience on this one. Don’t do what I have done time and time again. Being brutally honest here…I go full bore at some kind of exercise to get into shape quickly and finally. I hurt myself and have to stop. I eventually get back to exercising, usually when I’ve recovered or when I can’t stand how I feel or when I realize I’ve lost all the muscle tone I was working so hard to get back.
Join a gym. If you live in a place like the northeast where I live, it can be more than a bit challenging in the winter to get out and walk or run if there’s a lot of snow to wade through.
Getting in shape doesn’t have to mean you eat nuts and berries and run marathons. You can eat food you enjoy and move in a way and at a pace that gradually gets you back into a good exercising routine.
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant