The new-me mindset does not only happen after January 1. Efforts to improve oneself can come about with any change from moving to a different place to switching your career. These events are big enough to prompt you to think about the kind of lifestyle you are living.
For those who want to have a fitter 2019, here are some ways you can set yourself up for success:
Stay close to areas of activity
Living a more active lifestyle means participating in sports or other athletic activities. Most of these physical activities require the right kind of space. A studio is needed for dance and yoga classes. A court is needed for sports like tennis and basketball. Even something as simple as power walking and jogging requires a park or trail.
While you can try doing yoga at home or running around the block, the purpose of the athletic oriented spaces is the community. You can be held accountable for your attendance. They can encourage you to do more and go farther. And at the very least, the company can help you in cases of emergencies. Going on that morning jog alone, even with a cell phone, can be dangerous.
You look for these spaces near your home or close to your work. Try out different setups to get the most efficient way for you to exercise. You can choose to alternate your spaces. For example, go for a morning jog at the park three times a week. In between, you can take aerobics classes after work.
Equip your home with the tools you need
When there is a specific sport or skill you want to develop, give yourself the opportunity to do it during your leisure times. Create a personal gym that carries the basics. Avoid dealing with equipment that may need extra assistance or qualification you don’t have at the moment. Reserve using them for visits to the gym. Keep your space simple, to maximise the use of what you have.
Now, not everyone can work out and train well at home, for those people, it’s all about making the activity recreational. For example, if you want to be a swimmer, but struggle to find the drive you can find large houses to rent with an indoor pool. There will be no excuse for not swimming every day. You will also have the extra space for the equipment needed for cross training like weights and exercise balls.
Sign up for events in advance
If the first two do not prompt you to do more, sign up for events that require prior training, like a marathon. Paying and signing up for a slot makes use of times you were motivated to fuel the times when you aren’t. It also presents a goal in mind besides being healthier. Having a fit body is a long-term goal because it takes a while for the results to show. It is months of proper diet and exercise. When you are the type that focuses on results, it is hard to stay motivated. Finishing a marathon or joining a cycling tour are smaller goals you can use to build up to your main one.
Everyone can always be a little more active. It is the small steps today that can improve your health and self-esteem tomorrow.