We’ve all been there. New Year’s Resolution, birthday promise, summer panic…”this is it, I’m really doing it this time…I’m gonna start working out. I’m gonna lose this weight. I’m gonna tone up. I am DETERMINED to have that sexy beach body!”
5:00am alarm goes off & first thing you think is “What the heck was I thinking?? It’s still dark out!” You hit snooze 15 more times & before you know it, the only time you have left is to get ready for work, class or just to begin your life for the day.
You say, “I got this tomorrow. Tomorrow’s the day. I’m really starting tomorrow!”
Tomorrow…5:00am…that obnoxious alarm goes off once again…”It’s still dark out! Ugh, I’m so tired, couple more minutes then I’ll get up”….now you’re frantically running around rushing to get ready for your day & so, the pattern begins of promising yourself you’ll “start tomorrow”.
What if I told you I could give you a few simple tricks that would change your entire life & it all starts with one second of your time? Would you give it try?
Let’s break this down:
One Second– it takes one second to open your eyes & wake up
Tip: keep mints by your bedside & pop one in your mouth right away, the sugar in the mint will excite your brain and the mint itself will liven up your tongue’s taste buds and nerve endings helping you to arise.
One Minute– it takes one minute to get out of bed
Tip: go to sleep with your workout clothes on. It’ll shave tons of time off your “getting ready” process. If you love your pj’s too much & can’t bear that separation then have your workout clothes already picked out & laid across the foot of your bed or by your door with your sneaks, keys & phone (which would also be your alarm more than likely…see what I’m doing here? You’d have to get out of bed to turn your alarm off 😋)
One Hour– it takes one hour to get to your Tribe, workout & get home
Tip: have an accountability partner or workout buddy. Knowing that someone is going to meet you there or will be waiting for you to show up helps motivate you to get there. You don’t want to be that person who overslept or was too lazy to get up & get there when they did it. “If they can do it, I can do it!”
One Day– it takes one day with one 30 minute workout to be proud of yourself
Tip: thanks to social media like Facebook & Twitter, you can boast about your accomplishments—tell your friends that you were able to do a push-up (correctly! 😁) for the first time in your life or you completed a full 30 minute conditioning session without having to stop! These are huge accomplishments & any family & friend of yours would be just as stoked & proud of you as you are of yourself!
One Week– it takes one week to maintain commitment & for your body to adjust to it’s new schedule
Tip: schedule your workout for the week as if each one is an appointment. You’re more likely to follow your morning workout routine if you write it down.
Bonus Tip: exercise frequency is most strongly related to three things: appreciation of your body, a focus on how it feels & satisfaction with what it can do. So, remember how good & accomplished you feel after those workouts & stick with it!
One Month– it takes one month (or less) to see results
Tip: set reasonable & attainable goals. Think climbing steps to reach that final & ultimate goal. It can definitely be reached but lets take each small goal (step) at a time first & you will see quicker results such as, that perfect push-up or your endurance is up & you can now keep up with your children (or out-do them!)
Or a phenomenal result, that everyone loves, your clothes are fitting looser & before you know it, you will have reached that final destination of your goal you never thought was possible.
One Year– it takes one year to make a lifetime transformation
Tip: You worked this hard, to get this far, to turn the old you into this awesome new you…don’t stop! This is the easy part, maintaining. Keep your schedule, keep your tricks & tips you have used to keep motivating yourself all this time & you have your new lifestyle…a healthy, fit, bad-ass you!
Creating a habit and healthy lifestyle takes time, but the decision takes a matter of seconds. And once you’ve made the decision you just need to act. NOW. Or forever find yourself in the spiraling circle of doom. Act so you can find the results, find the strong, find the YOU that you have been searching for!
–Christina and The Fit Tribe Team