Since making my resolutions early this month, I’ve been averaging 2-3 days where I set aside time to be active. This has mostly looked like a 30 minute walk outside or on my home treadmill.
My last walk was on Saturday. I have a change of clothes in my car right now and had every intention of heading over to the fitness center today for a quick walk.
But…it’s cold outside.
And so my excuses begin. Maybe I need to read this post a few times.
I’ll try again tomorrow. How do you stay motivated to exercise in the cold weather?
Many people assume that just because I’m in the health field, that I must follow the healthiest lifestyle there is. I have seen countless bags of chips or candy disappear under a desk when I walk in a room!
Well, let me break the spell. I’m human. While I love learning about health and wellness and helping others adopt healthier habits, I’m not always perfect and following my own advice. Admittedly, my fridge is stocked with fruits and veggies, I avoid fast food and I’m pretty fond of yoga, but there are some things I could be doing better.
So, why am I doing this?
1. We all know the basics to staying healthy: eat right, move more, manage stress, etc. It’s one thing to know what you should be doing, but another to know how. I hope by recording my experiences I can help with the “how to”.
2. I want to practice what I preach. I do believe in modeling the behaviors I hope others will adopt.
3. I have a family history of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions. I need to prevent/slow/reverse what genetics may have in store for me down the road.
4. I need to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. We all get in a rut, with routines, foods, exercise, etc.
I hope this blog will guide and motivate those who are also embarking on New Years Resolutions. I’ll be posting my experience, along with resource and tools several times a week from now until the end of February 2013.
Will you join me?
So, here they are. A glimpse of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013.
1. Move more. I’ve been active my whole life. In elementary and junior high school I danced and played basketball, in high school I played tennis, in college I started going to the gym. Somewhere between working and raising a family, a consistent exercise routine fell to the wayside.
2. Less mindless snacking. I love snacks! Overall, what I’m eating is not all that bad, it’s more that I find that at times I’m eating when I’m not really hungry.
To increase my chances of success, I figure I’ll need the following:
1. Small attainable goals
What are your healthy resolutions for 2013?