We’re almost at the end of the year again and I know that most of you are already reflecting on your resolutions and trying your best to set “realistic” health and wellness goals. Ideally, we want to be healthier next year than we were last year, but we’ve all had our own reasons why things like this aren’t always very easy to achieve.
Health isn’t the easiest to maintain. We have time constraints, money, professional and social aspects of life that hinder us from going to the gym regularly or working out more than once a week. But let me just clarify to all of you that next year, it doesn’t have to be an extremely sweat-inducing hour of workout for four to five times a week. Why? Let’s be honest, the more we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, the more the goals are harder to achieve. After a week or so of constant working out, the more it feels exhausting to our already busy schedules and the more it gets harder to do.
At the end of the day, the feeling of having achieved something is good because it can motivate you to try again tomorrow. Which is why it’s okay to start with at least 10-minutes of workout daily. You won’t feel guilty for letting your health fail because you know that 10-minutes aren’t really that much compared to an hour daily. Always choose a workout style that is engineered to work for a short period of time if you really can’t fit an hour. With that, you can still feel and see results. The quick yoga session that you do every morning can lead you to sit up straighter, at night you might be sleeping better because of your workout routine. There are studies that say that 10-minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise can significantly improve brain function. Plus, your mind and body don’t change overnight so if you choose to celebrate the small successes, you are setting yourself up to do better the next day.
Mind Over Body
Whenever you feel like you’re struggling to do your workout days, it’s more of a matter of the mind than the body. When you’re sitting there, thinking of a million reasons why today isn’t the day for you to start your workout, then you’re battling with the matters of the mind. Get yourself going and you’ll find the excuses less tempting. There are immediate benefits of working out and it’s not just about losing weight. Your mind becomes sharper, your self-esteem higher, deeper sleep, better mood, and a rosier glowing skin. Instead of coming up with a million reasons not to work out, redirect that feeling into something positive.
They say that it can take about 21 days to form a habit. When in reality and on a scientific basis, it takes less than 21 days and everyone will have different results. On an average, it takes about 2 months or 66 days for a healthy habit to stick.
Now, ask yourself. Is it really realistic to commit to 3 to 4 one hour classes for 2 months? Especially when it involves travel and enough time to shower before work? It can be a yes to most people, but not for all. Success hinges on setting the right expectations for yourself. If you keep on making plans and resolutions that don’t stick, you might want to opt for something a little smaller for starters. If you miss a day, don’t be too hard on yourself. Move on and keep up the next day.
There’s a wide variety of fitness materials that are highly available online these days. All you need is either your smartphone, TV, a computer and your body and you can improve your fitness levels for the upcoming years. Nobody is expecting you to lift a hundred pounds or win a 5k run. Instead, you can focus on taking care of the body you have now by using baby steps to get there. Find a work out that you love and enjoy. Maybe 10-minutes won’t be enough if you’re really having fun!