As we approach the beginning of another new year, many will be setting the intention to get back into a healthy exercise routine. Whether it is jogging, stationary bicycle riding, or attending yoga classes with regularity, the motivation to get with the program takes some determination.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Once your mind is set, the rest is easy. The challenging part is getting over the hump of doubt, impatience, and discouragement.
The following are a few tips that will help you set your mind to your goals so you may find success in making your healthy intentions a reality.
Create a mantra
A mantra is a word or group of words used to sharpen your focus during meditation. Although you might not actually be meditating when you repeat your mantra, it will still have an effect on your mind.
When you create a personal mantra, choose words that support your intention, such as “I have energy,” or “I love yoga.” Your mind will soon start believing whatever it is you are telling yourself, so choose your words wisely.
Forget your excuses
Do your best and let go of the reasons why you’ve failed to maintain your fitness program in the past. It doesn’t matter anymore because in the New Year those same excuses will no longer apply. Instead, fill your mind with reasons why you exercise instead of reasons why you do not.
One of the reasons why many New Year’s resolutions don’t stick is because people usually find more comfort in slipping back into their old habits. It is indeed challenging to break out of your comfort zone, but you must be willing to accept the awkwardness of change in order to be successful. When you understand that change is an inevitable part of life, accepting it becomes a little easier.
Hit the reset button
Too many people try way too hard in the first few weeks of January only to find themselves burned out, bored, or discouraged by their lack of progress. Giving up is not what you intended to do, so get back out there and start again. Every time you make it a point to reset your intention, you are building a thought pattern in your mind that will help you achieve your goals.
December 31st, 2012