The first step to creating a realistic fitness plan is to assess your current fitness level. Whether you’re “off the couch” or have been exercising for some time, this is an important step to take. One way to assess your current fitness level is to take body measurements. I know what you are thinking – perhaps you don’t want to know the numbers but believe me – once you see the numbers, you may be motivated to work hard on your fitness goals. This is a good way to track both weight loss and muscle growth and development. Measure your waist circumference and record it. You can also measure your thighs, chest, arms, and rear end. Weigh yourself and if you are up to it, calculate your body mass index as well.
Again, these numbers aren’t something to feel bad about. They’re your starting point. It’s how you will measure success. Be Honest and Aware of Any Health Conditions.
Another aspect of evaluating your fitness and your starting point is to be honest and aware of your current health. If you have any health conditions or challenges, those need to be considered when creating your fitness plan. It’s always a good idea to talk to a doctor to get a thumbs-up from them, as well as guidance regarding any health challenges you may be dealing with.
How quickly do you eat your meals? Make it a habit to eat slowly. If you need to … put your fork down after each bite. Enjoy each bite. Today, I challenge you to eat with no distractions (no phone, no TV, no talking).
How long does it take to make a positive change in your life? How long does it take to improve your health and well-being? The answer is that it really only takes moments to change your health for the better. It only takes as long as you need to make the decision to take the first step toward better health.
One of the things that makes change so difficult isn’t the desire or decision to get healthy, it’s the planning and overwhelm that often comes next. Once you make the decision to improve your fitness, then what? What are the next steps? When do you know you’ve achieved success and how do you measure it? This is the power of a 21-day “Health Re-boot” challenge. This 21-day challenge gives you an idea for a day-by-day plan. You can choose to follow the plan, take the steps that are put in place, and at the end of the challenge, you will be able to measure your results. Most experts tell us that it takes 14-21 days to create a habit. All you have to do is take it one day at a time. You can do it!
Today is the day you start making positive changes to your health and fitness.To start off … here’s a question for you … what is one unhealthy habit that you have that you wish you can change?