Fake it till you make it! Becoming your very own exercise Guru!
The old adage works brilliantly in the health arena. Sure we all have this idea of us at the pinnacle of health dancing around running through a field of flowers eating a raw stalk of broccoli and loving it right? Or something like that!
Or try this one, picture yourself with a 40lb backpack hiking through the wilderness of Patagonia smile on your face and totally rockin’ the hike. Yeah!
Or running your race of choice and sailing through at the front of the pack, again with a smile on your face (this is a fantasy okay, you get to smile and win).
Choose your adventure! These things might not be possible at this moment or ever, who cares! At least we can move in that direction. Here are my top 5 tips on how to Fake it Till you Make it! Because we all have to start somewhere and the sooner you start acting like a healthy person the sooner you will be one!
1. Surround yourself with friends and people who support you!
There is no bigger downer than to be working hard towards your goals only to have someone tear you down. These people are small unhappy people. Pick the people who you choose to be with carefully and be sure to have a good grasp on whose opinions deserve your attention and whose don’t!
2. Read Books, Magazines, Blogs that inspire you!
Just like with people you need to pick and choose what media you let invade your brain. If you want to be a runner, get a subscription to running magazines or listen to running podcasts, go to the library and check out all the running books! The same goes for any activity! There is a glut of information out there from beginners to the extreme read them all! Sometimes this is all it takes to get me off my butt and out the door, or onto the yoga mat or wherever strikes my fancy that day.
3. Start the day right!
For goodness sakes eat breakfast already!! Get your fuel in so that you have the energy to both go to work, or chase the kids and get some exercise too. Skipping meals is a surefire way to not have the juice to do any activity beyond the daily grind.
4. Set a goal.
Set a reasonable goal for next week then for next month and the next and the next. Make it a very specific goal. For example perhaps 1 week from now I will walk for 10 minutes run for 3 and walk for 7 more. Now I need to do what it takes to reach that goal. Perhaps next month building upon this week I will Walk 5 Run 5 Walk 5 and Run 5. These are very specific and they need a specific date and time attached to them. You can translate this into any kind of exercise. Write it down and then set your plan to reach the goal. Invite a friend who already can do this goal to join you and help you along the way!
5. Ask for Help!
This links back to number 4. Find someone who can already reach the goals you are working towards, ask them how they do it. Ask them if they might join you sometime. The majority of the time these people are more than happy to help and encourage and offer up assistance and advice! Really most people are so excited to bring another person into the fold of the activity they are so passionate about that they will be flattered to be asked!!
The best part about these tips is that all of them are doable! You don’t have to be at a certain fitness level to start implementing right now! What are your fitness goals for next week? I would love to hear all about it in the comments section below.