• James Hollywood

12 Keys for the Journey!

Hello Blog Community,

Happy New Year to each of you. I know by now that you are ready to begin tackling your new year's resolutions and I pray that you achieve each of them with great success. However, I know that beginning to do something is the hard part, but once you start and dedicate yourself it will become a habit. Remember that before you start an active lifestyle it is a journey and not a race. Therefore, take each day and every moment, one moment at a time and always be gentle and kind to yourself and others. Take a moment and dive to explore the 12 keys to any success for life and your active lifestyle.

1. Forget the Fads

Fads like diets, exercise fads come and go. When you think about a new workout, ask yourself: Is this something I enjoy doing?

2. Be Realistic

Any activity must fit into your schedule and situation. If you don't have time to get to the gym or if you hate running, it's time to look for some new activities.

3. Make a Commitment

Write down some important reasons for being more active. Share your written or verbal promise to be more physically active with your friends or family.

4. Start Slow

Making drastic changes can be a recipe for failure. Small changes can make a big difference. Pick one change like walking more and make it a habit.

5. Be Consistent

The human body responds well to consistency. If you decide to walk more, make walking part of your daily routine -rather than an occasional activity.

6. Stick With It

Research suggests that it takes about 21 days for a behavior to become a habit. If you want to start walking more, make a plan to walk 30 minutes a day for 21 days!

7. Be Flexible

Life is full of surprises and plans often leads to change. If you can't get out in the morning fit a 30- minute walk until a lunch break or go out before you have dinner.

8. Be Creative

Make a list of all the possible ways to fit a 30-minute walk into your schedule- like walking a dog, walking with a friend, walking to the store or walking around the mall.

9. Make a List of Options

It's always good to have options like indoor ideas when it's cold. Make a list all the way you like to move, so you always have a fun option.

10. Plan for Activities

There is always too much to do in our busy lives. Make room for fitness in yours by putting activities on your schedule like walking from 7:00 to 7:30.

11. Forgive Yourself

If you miss a day of activity, it's no big deal. Just put on your shoes and get your walking in today. The goal = at least 30 minutes of activities 5 days a week.

12. Congratulate Yourself

Becoming more active can be tough. Just think how long you will be sitting around. Give yourself a big pat on the back for increasing your physical activity.

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