Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Making Fitness A Lifestyle

As a Life and Wellness Coach, I am very passionate about helping my clients to incorporate fitness into their lives.  I take great pleasure in watching them transform their attitudes and their bodies as they become more active.  But, even the most enthusiast individuals go through periods when they just don't want to train.  So, how then, does one make fitness a lifestyle?

Although I am often asked this question, I do not think there is a simple. one-size-fits-all answer.  People go through various stages of motivation and change.  I believe that, ultimately, one must be driven by internal motivation in order for any change to be long-lasting.  External forces,  such as a spouse insisting you lose weight or a doctor giving you health warnings, may help you gain momentum on your quest for fitness.   However, they will not keep you motivated when the going gets tough.   You must find activities that you enjoy and are passionate about, and you must find compelling reasons for incorporating fitness into your life.  (I recommend that you take the time to evaluate what is motivating you.  Then, write out your goals and reasons for wanting to achieve them.)

That being said, be prepared to make some sacrifices.  Obviously, you will  need to budget time to workout.  Perhaps, you will need to eliminate or limit your television viewing time.  Maybe you will need to get up earlier or train on your lunch break.  If you have found the proper, long-term motivation, these things might be challenging but you will approach them with enthusiasm because you have your eye on the long-term goal!

If you would like further assistance with your life and fitness goals, please contact me at 732-842-3515 or coachjenna@formulaforexcellence.com.   I am here to support you and help you find the proper motivation.

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