New Goals…Recommit and Re-energize

26 01 2016

Have your New Year’s “resolutions” started to slip already? That is not uncommon, but it can still be very frustrating. As human beings, we have the need to be interested, entertained even, by what we engage in. For some, exercise just isn’t providing enough excitement! While I agree workouts should be challenging, that doesn’t mean exercise needs to be boring. So how can you shake things up to make them more exciting? Set some new goals!

1.   Make sure they are S.M.A.R.T.…no, not just intelligent, but Specific, Measurable, decision-making-processAchievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. See more on this at https://healthperformance.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/s-m-a-r-t-goals/

2.  Find something NEW!whether it’s something you have been wanting to try it for long while, or something you are just interested in learning more about, there is no time like the present to try.

Maybe the 100 mile Hike Challenge through WV State Parks sounds like fun, http://www.nps.gov/neri/learn/news/start-2016-with-the-100-mile-challenge-start-up-hike.htm

What about listening to a new book when walking your 10,000 steps each day. Nutrition, history, space travel, a decadent love story…what interests you? http://www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html

http://www.audible.com/

-Perhaps you need a workout buddy…so ask! Make your exercise time a social occasion.

https://experiencelife.com/article/strength-in-numbers-the-importance-of-fitness-buddies/

3.  Have your goals build up to something BIGGER. Climbing the mountain may be a daunting task, but taking the stairs gives you an opportunity to rest, reflect, and recharge. mountain stepsPerhaps you want to eventually bake, walk/run, or swim a certain distance, like in a 10K or a mud-run. Taking baby steps, like those outlined on the sites below, can make the process simpler, and MUCH MORE FUN!

http://www.swimming.org/swimfit/preparing-in-the-pool/

http://www.shape.com/blogs/ready-set-race/meet-man-behind-my-plan-6-weeks-200-miles

http://running.about.com/od/racetraining/a/10Kbeginner.htm

Stephanie R. McWilliams, MA, Health Behavior Counselor

 

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