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.
The holidays are now well behind us and some of us have started to struggle with our broken resolutions. If you fell off the wagon before you were even comfortably inside, relax, it happens to the best of us. One of the reasons resolutions fail is because no one can change a lifetime of poor habits overnight. This is why your first mission to ensure success is to decide to not give up on yourself.
Once you are armed with that relentless commitment to yourself you can make choices to create and support your new lifestyle. Here are some suggestions to get you started and keep you motivated:
Get out of your own way. If you are struggling with weight issues do yourself a favor and join a weight management program. You don’t need to be obese to join. I have returned to my program when I was only 10 pounds over because I did not want to get any heavier. The program is not just about losing weight but learning how to feed your body in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Move your body. The simplest and most cost effective exercise you can do is to walk. Start off by doing a 30 minute walk and slowly work your way to covering more distance in that 30 minutes. By moving your body you will not only tone and lose weight but you will also be releasing stress that has been proven to hoard fat.
Be honest and kind to yourself. Don’t work against yourself. Engage in an internal dialog that helps you stay on track. Recommit every morning to a day of healthy choices and then just put yourself on automatic pilot. Slip-ups are normal and you should plan for them. Don’t skip meals or over-exercise to make up for it. Just reset and move on.
A healthy lifestyle is not a temporary program – it’s a long-term commitment to yourself. By adopting healthy habits that match your taste and lifestyle you will set yourself up for success.
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