The #1 reason women give up on improving their fitness and wellbeing is a lack of time and self-motivation to get started. This is their biggest challenge when it comes to improving their overall wellbeing. Does this ring true to you?
Women tend to put others first, and themselves last. That is all fine and good in theory, but have you ever tried to pour from an empty glass? It’s just not possible. So how can you improve your fitness and wellbeing, while still effectively managing everything else in your life? Here are my top 5 tips –
1) Get up earlier
No matter what time you get up, get up half an hour earlier. My alarm goes off at 4.45am every day. Even if I’m up half the night with one of the kids I will still get up by 5.15am. That gives me a good 30 minutes to workout which clears my head and helps me to better manage my day. Research shows that the most successful people in the world get up early. Not a morning person? Take baby steps. Start by getting up 10 mins earlier than usual and progress from there.
2) Figure out your motivation and set goals
You know you want to lose weight and not feel so tired all the time – but why? Maybe you want to lose weight because your clothes are too tight. Maybe you want to increase your energy because you can’t keep up with your grandchildren. Once you know your motivation, set your goals. E.g. ‘I want to strengthen my lower back to better manage my back pain. I will know I’m successful when I can get through the day without painkillers.’ Identifying your motivation and setting goals will get you up for success.
3) Be organised
This is key if you are time poor. Pack the kids school bags the night before, decide what you are going to wear the next day before you go to bed, create a meal plan for the week ahead to avoid the last minute takeaway run or make an achievable to do list. If I am unorganised my mind is unorganised and I find it much more difficult to manage my day effectively. Do whatever it takes to make your life easier!
4) Think outside the box
Gone are the days when you need to spend an hour in the gym every day to get fit. Have you considered working out at home? It will save you time and money. But what if you need a little guidance, encouragement and discipline? Online training might be the right fit for you. Online training is going to be one of the biggest fitness trends in 2017. It is like having a personal trainer in your living room. All you need to get started is access to the internet through a laptop, tablet or mobile phone and a desire to become your best self!
5) Get expert advice
Would you skydive without the help of an instructor? I hope not! To help maximise your results in a minimal amount of time engage a health care professional based on what your goals are. Does your nutrition need an overhaul? Seek a dietician. Do you want to give up smoking? Chat to your GP. Do you want to lose weight or increase your muscle definition and strength? Find an experienced personal trainer. Seek the right advice upfront and you’ll find it a lot easier to reach your goals.
Don’t give up on your fitness and wellbeing. You can make a change and you can become your best self. Need a little help getting started? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer a range of services to get your fitness and wellbeing on track including goal setting, online and in-person personal training and wellbeing coaching. This year, make a lifestyle change!