Jackie Wright: Get Healthy and Fit Now
May 6, 2011
Second in a three-part series
We continue this week with more “taking action” guidelines helping you to move from one step to the next in your health/fitness journey.
The guidelines this week apply to those of you who are actually taking a few steps toward integrating health/fitness into your life such as walking/cycling/hiking a few days a week or making healthy adjustments to your eating regimen. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Taking Action Guidelines
• Since you are beyond the “thinking about it step,” you may have answered some important questions from last week’s guidelines, such as how you feel about your current health/fitness situation, are you able to perform activities of daily living competently and what obstacles are preventing you from becoming healthy and fit?
• How honestly, clearly and specifically you were able to answer those questions, will directly impact your ability to complete the next step, which is setting written goals.
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• Preparing Written Health/Fitness Goals – Written goal setting is a crucial aspect when attempting to move forward in your health/fitness journey. Remember to set S.M.A.R.T. goals! Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals is smart and effective. Buy a journal to record the goals so you can review when needed.
• Prioritize Your Goals – Assign a value or number to each of your goals. There are some that will absolutely have to be completed prior to any of the others just due to practicality or feasibility. When you affix a specific and logical priority to your goals, the path to success is clarified.
• Avoid skipping steps – stick with the plan. Remember the crawl, walk and then run philosophy. It works. So, log your progress in your journal and then begin the next step. Often the first few steps are the most challenging-but keep moving ahead.
• Once your written goals are completed, it is time to take action. One of your goals may be to visit your physician and have a physical examination. This is a good place to begin if you have not done so recently. You need to know exactly where you are at from a health perspective prior to launching into a fitness program.
Once you have been given the “thumbs up” by your physician, your next step may be to contact a qualified, certified and experienced fitness professional to schedule a fitness assessment and consultation. Or, perhaps you have begun to make healthy adjustments to your eating regimen; this is a great time to set up an appointment with a registered dietitian to make certain you are on the right path. Get the facts so you can keep moving forward.
• If you find that you are not adhering to your plan, then go back and re-evaluate your goals. Often, in our excitement when goal setting, we may not have set realistic enough or truly attainable goals-so reassess and refine each one. Then, continue moving forward toward achieving your health and fitness goals.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.
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