Set yourself fitness goals
What has held you back from achieving your fitness and health goals in the past?
Some questions to ask when starting your own fitness assessment:
- Did you finish the year fitter than you started?
- Did you meet your 2014 fitness News Year's resolutions?
- Are you happier with your weight now than at the start of 2013?
- Overall, would you give yourself a dietary pass mark for 2013?
- Would you give yourself an 'alcohol intake' pass mark for the year?
- Are you currently happy with what you see in the mirror?
- Are you currently happy with your fitness level?
- Are you healthier than most people you know who are your age?
- Does your health and fitness allow you to lead the life you desire?
So, how did you go? There are nine questions, did you say "yes" to more or less than half?
If your health and fitness is an important part of your life, as so many of us claim, you should be aiming to improve the way you feel, look and move each year. Sure, it all gets harder with every passing year, but it's not impossible.
There are plenty of examples of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who are as fit and healthy now as they've ever been. They may not have the potential to run as fast as they once could, or jump as high as they once did, but they are looking after themselves better than ever and reaping the rewards.
Feel great at any age
I think one question in the above list is a particularly important one. Are you healthier than most people you know who are your age?
Change to her nutritional plan (diet) (reduction in portion sizes), a commitment to being active on most days of the week and a level of consistency. No magic pills, no fancy expensive exercise machines, no Hollywood diets, It comes down to simple, commonsense healthy living.
Are you healthier than most people you know who are your age?
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What barriers are in the way?
Now let's focus on those of you who didn't make the 50 per cent mark in our quiz. What happened? Let's look at the possible barriers to leading a better lifestyle and some possible solutions.
Barrier 1: Not enough time
A lack of time comes down to a lack of desire or a lack of smarts. What could be more important than being healthy?
Not much, right? So if work gets in the way of you exercising or eating well, isn't it about time you looked at your priorities?
It's a fact that you will work more productively if you're healthier and fitter, you'll have less sick time and you'll be in better spirits for clients. So, was that extra 30 minutes spent going through emails time well spent? I think not.
Barrier 2: Lack of motivation
This is an excuse and a weak one at that. A lack of motivation, once again, needs to be overpowered by desire. Stand in your undies in front of the mirror and see if you're happy with what you see. Go for a run in the park (maybe with the kids) and see if your lungs feel like they're about to collapse. You'll soon feel motivated to turn things around.
Barrier 3: I just don't know where to start
There have never been more options at your fingertips. There are personal trainers in most parks, gyms in almost every suburb, websites dedicated to every form of exercise known to man and exercise equipment stores in every shopping centre.
How to start isn't nearly as important as the starting itself.
Do it today. If you're still stuck, starting in early February we'll be having weekly workouts on these pages to point you in the right direction.
Barrier 4: I feel too tired
If this is your barrier, I have a little mantra for you. "You have to use energy to create energy." This doesn't even necessarily mean exercise. A daily 30-minute walk to start the day will make a positive difference to your energy and life in general, in a matter of weeks. Every day you spend inactive is slowly sapping you of your vibrancy, energy and enthusiasm for life.
On the wall to stay on the wagon
We all need a constant reminder of our goals so we don't lose sight of the bigger picture. Psychologists often recommend making a pledge and sticking it up on the wall as a constant reminder. Fill in the gaps of our pledge below, cut it out and stick it in a prominent place where you will see it every morning. Good luck, and here's to your fittest and healthiest