That little word just kept staring at me. I can list a million reasons, tips and ways to make yourself stay fit and healthy, I am good at lists! But just one? That was a little harder.
I started thinking back to my big resolution. I am pretty familiar with the whole New Year’s resolution thing, especially those that are about doing something big health wise since I became a runner as part of my New Year’s resolution in 2008. I wanted to do something different that year and I wanted to go big. I wanted a challenge, a lifestyle change, a goal to work towards and a new passion to thrive on. I found running, I started training, it clicked, and I haven’t stopped since. It has become a part of who I am now.
As I sat here typing this brainstorm out, the one tip just appeared on my page.
Make it a part of who you are.
Whatever your resolution or goal in the new year is needs to become a part of you. Being healthy isn’t about a fad diet or a going crazy for one month exercising as much as you can until you get burned out and stop. Being healthy is about a lifestyle change, making health a habit, a priority and something you just don’t think twice about anymore, then it will become a part of who you are.
So how do you make something a part of you?
Make yourself passionate
Find something you are passionate about or at least something that you are excited for and you will actually follow through with. Whether it’s a form of exercise or healthy food, find something that peaks your interest and go with it! You might even surprise yourself with what that might be.
I never thought running would be something I was passionate about, I always hated it! But I took the risk and found something I was excited about, that challenged me and it didn’t take long before it turned into a passion.
Make yourself accountable
Tell people your goal or resolution, don’t keep it to yourself. When others know, you really will want to succeed and you will commit to it. Even more importantly then being accountable to others, make sure you are accountable to yourself. Keep yourself in check, don’t accept excuses, and just get it done.
I signed up for a marathon with a training group to raise money. With that fundraising commitment came a sense of obligation to do what I set out to do. I was asking people to donate money to support me and I didn’t want to let them down. I told them what I was doing and I kept them updated on my progress (the whole reason I started this blog), which all held me accountable to my goals.
Make yourself challenged
Find something that challenges you, that pushes you and that isn’t necessarily easy and remember anything worth having is worth working for. A challenge makes you stronger, makes your fight harder, and makes the sacrifices worth it.
I like to be challenged. I like to push myself and to find out what I am made of. I had no idea if I could run a marathon when I signed up for that first one. I was scared, I was intimidated, but I stuck to it and challenged myself every day to get out there and get the training done to get to the start line prepared.
Make yourself successful
When you find something you are passionate about, that makes you happy, that you have fun with and that challenges you, you will find your success. Your health resolutions will turn into habits, which will turn into a lifestyle and you won’t have to think twice about being healthy because you will have made healthy a part of who you are.
How have you made your resolutions or goals a part of who you are?
What are your tips to staying healthy in 2011?