Trouble Shooting Your Health Plan
We’re well into the new year now – are you still on track with your goals? Whether you are, aren’t or struggling, you’ll enjoy today’s blog post!
If you followed our advice and created a personalized health plan to reach your goals, as well as use the power of writing it all down to make it more real and keep tabs on your progress, then you’re a few steps ahead of the pack. (Unless you have a personal trainer, of course!)
It’s generally a fact of life, however, that change can be challenging and you will experience a few roadblocks along the way. Here are 3 common issues many people experience following a health plan, and helpful hints to overcome them:
1) Negative thinking & attitude. Gidon recently filled in for one of his trainers and personally trained a client, who at the beginning of her program suffered from chronic neck and back pain. It was important for her workouts be fairly easy. Gidon, though, thought she might be ready to try a more advanced workout this time around, and she did it – no problem!
The issue was that she forgot where she started: she was being hard on herself, believing that she should have done even better in her workout. Gidon suggested she, “Be both proud and humble.” Pride is found in recognizing achievements; humility is found when you can recognize where improvements can still be made.
PRACTICAL TIP: When you notice you’re being a bit too tough on yourself mentally, remember where you came from and how much progress you’ve made already. And if you’re just beginning your healthy routine, remind yourself how many other accomplishments you’ve made over your lifetime. Remember all the challenging times you’ve gone through where you’ve triumphed in the end! And if you’re having a hard time with that, call up a trusted friend or family member to help remind you.
2) Forgetting WHY you want to be healthier. If you made a New Year’s Resolution, YOU may be jazzed to change your body, but your body doesn’t know it’s January. It will respond to how you treat it no matter what season it’s in, and once January fades, your motivation may, too, especially if you don’t see the results you’re looking for right away. This is why we suggest getting healthier shouldn’t be a seasonal goal.The G Force team encourages clients to have a BIG goal of being healthier in general, and to realize WHY being healthier is a benefit. Ultimately, being healthier not only helps us now, but also in the future: preventing age-related deterioration, illness and disease. Don’t you want to be able to do the simple, everyday things you do now, later in life as well?
Being healthier means more youthfulness. You don’t have to get “old,” as long as you put the work in now and develop a healthy routine. AND, it’s never too late to start. though, earlier the better!
PRACTICAL TIP: Look online for images of healthy, active seniors. Or if you personally know any, ask them if they’d mind you taking their picture. Put that image on the fridge or somewhere you know you’ll see it often. This will constantly remind you why making healthy choices on a daily basis is important and what the end result will be many years down the road.
3) Being affected by Seasonal Affect Disorder. Gidon was recently in L.A. and was surprised how so many people seemed extra friendly. Many wished him a `good morning’ as he passed by them on the way to the beach for his morning workout. When he returned to Toronto, he noticed how grumpy so many people were and was reminded that Canadian winters just suck!
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you may be like many of us and experience low energy levels and increased levels of depression. Without the sun, vitamin D levels plummet which in turn effect our entire brain chemistry. This is unfortunately a fact in areas of the world where the sun is limited for a portion of the year.
But instead of popping a pill (though good quality vitamin D supplements will additionally help), get moving your body and sweat! Exercise increases both serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain, those “happy” neurochemicals that protect us against depression and keep our energy, motivation and positive-thinking high.
PRACTICAL TIP: If you really want to make your health a priority (and why wouldn’t you? Without health you have nothing!) Get up even just 15 minutes earlier than you need to everyday. Wake up with some adrenaline! Go for a brisk walk around the block or even more convenient: do a series of floor exercises, like pushups, squats, lunges, crunches, bicycles, etc., and don’t forget the stretching! This way, you’ve given your body a natural metabolism booster AND mood enhancer, woke-up naturally, made your health a priority so you can feel good about yourself and, really, the rest of the day is pure gravy.
There you have the 3 most common challenges in maintaining a health plan, especially when you’ve just started one, and some practical tips to help you overcome them.
What are some of YOUR challenges in keeping on track with your healthy routine?