(Re) Creating Your Successful Fitness Practice
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 || By Grenita Hall-Scott || PhD, NASM-CPT || SPONSORED CONTENT
All of us have been here.
It’s January, and you are committed to becoming healthier and fit. You enthusiastically run down your checklist:
- Gym membership…check!
- New workout outfit and shoes…check!
- Update status with a selfie on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter boasting of how committed you are to “getting it in” before or after your work day…check!
- A plan to create and maintain a realistic, successful fitness practice…well…umm…darn.
No worries; it’s already March, but you can do this! Below are five simple steps to help you create, or recreate, your own successful fitness practice.
“To Thine Own Self Be True” — William Shakespeare
- KNOW YOURSELF
- Be ambitious, yet realistic. Will you really rise at 4 AM for boot camp classes? If the answer is “no,” then don’t sign up for it!
- Set goals that are specific to YOUR needs, not the needs of others who may workout with you. Sorry, you have to be a bit self-centered in this respect.
- Work hard and be patient; it takes 2 weeks to feel a difference and 4-6 weeks to see one!
“I haven’t failed …I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work”—Thomas Alva Edison
- MAKE PEACE WITH THE ‘GHOST OF FITNESS PAST’
- What happened in your past that is contributing to your present views about exercise? Deal with it! You won’t be able to move forward until you have a positive outlook on what is required of you to become more healthy and fit.
- Stop beating up yourself about past attempts at exercise. Revisiting past failures can squelch your motivation.
- Focus on situations in which you have been successful.
“It takes a village to raise a child”– West African proverb
- CREATE A SUPPORT SYSTEM
- Be accountable to others; it will help you succeed.
- Have reliable, committed workout partners. They MUST have the same enthusiasm as you!! Make workout dates, and take them seriously.
- WRITE IT DOWN! Keeping a log regarding exercise sessions and caloric consumption will help you keep track of your progress, as you can revisit what you did or didn’t accomplish. In addition, journaling is a great way to clarify and evaluate your thoughts and feelings and reduce stress.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”–Joseph Addison
- BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER
- Compare the latest fitness and health information to stay informed.
- Get the most of out of your group fitness classes and/or trainer. Let them know what you want at the onset of the relationship.
- Take responsibility for yourself. You have to own your part in improving your health and wellness; not rely on others to “fix you”.
- BE POSITIVE
- Expect success and a positive result.
- Try something before you say you can’t do it. Please!
- Make time to exercise! There are 168 hours in a week — 56 for sleep, 40 hours for work, 14 hours for commuting and 35 hours for eating leaves 23 hours … Will you please take 6 for yourself? VFP
Dr. Grenita Hall-Scott, a Maywood resident, is the owner of Culture Fitness LLC. She has over twenty years of experience developing and implementing wellness and fitness programs for diverse populations in the Chicagoland area, Florida, the Bahamas and Jamaica. Connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/culturefitness1) and at firstname.lastname@example.org.