With so many fitness programs accessible to us it’s easy to become bogged down comparing features and benefits without clarifying what’s most important to us at the start. Ask yourself some reflective questions and keep your answers uppermost in your thinking as you
What am I looking for? What have my preferred activities been to this point? What else is going on in my life right now? Am I pursuing a major change or a minor adjustment? How will I fit this into my schedule? What will I be able to give up to make time for this new pursuit? Why am I motivated and interested in my physical fitness and eating habits at this particular time? What kind of exercise makes me feel good? Will I like it well enough to stick with it long-term?
Another thing to take into account when dreaming up a more desirable fitness lifestyle is where you’re at today. How do you feel about where you’re at now and what would you like to change or improve? What areas of your nutrition and exercise habits are you happy with?
What areas would you like to feel better about?
Wherever you are, if you’re genuinely content or happy to stay in your current shape, then you might look for a very different type of program than someone hoping to make some major changes in their level of fitness and health. Think this through before spending too much
time and energy exploring additional or alternative programs and lifestyles.
Your overall level of health and fitness reflects your typical living habits. To alter these will require deep-seated motivation and intent. In other words, you really have to want to do it. Zeroing in on what you’re strongly interested in will form a reliable bulwark for the dedication and self-discipline you’ll need to get underway and build momentum. You’re not going to remain committed to lifestyle changes for long if you’re trying to please someone else or because you think it’s trendy or politically correct.
While it’s important to find something you enjoy, it’s also critical to consider your goals and what you want to achieve. If you really want to strengthen your bones, for example, swimming won’t be a good exercise for you no matter how much you love doing it. If you dream
of bigger biceps then ballroom dancing competitions won’t help you get them. Do you want to improve your wind so you don’t get out of breath after climbing the stairs? Do you want to strengthen your legs to enjoy some backwoods hiking?