Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
We know how important it is to remain on track of our healthy eating and fitness routine. No matter how committed you might be, life can sometimes throw a wrench your way and completely sidetrack you. Here are some tips that can help you recommit and climb back on that wagon!
- Set a goal and a reward. Not all of us are natural athletes, so we need to motivate ourselves in order to remain on track. By setting goals and a reward system you are more likely to be driven towards success. The goals can be as simple as increasing your time at the gym or on the treadmill by an extra 10 minutes. You can also register for a race or a walk. The reward can be new music, new workout clothes or shoes, a manicure or a massage.
- Release the past and embrace the present. Don’t beat yourself up for having fallen off the wagon. That is wasted energy that you can be putting into your new and improved routine. Starting over gives you the opportunity to introduce one that is designed for who you are today, not who you were back then.
- Make yourself a priority in your own life. We often sacrifice our own health and wellness because we think we are being selfish taking up time to choose healthy foods and exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth. By taking care of yourself you are being responsible, working towards remaining healthy and not becoming a burden to others. You are also setting a great example and teaching others how to treat you. By caring for yourself you send the message out to your family, friends and co-workers that you value yourself and your health and if you can do it, they can too.
- Be kind and rewind. Watch your internal dialog. Feed yourself positive messages and repeat them to yourself as often as possible. You are the president and CEO of your body and your life and you deserve to live a Fortune 500 life!
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