Easy Tips To Get In Shape This Summer

By: Tracy Benham

Depending on where you live, spring is almost over and summer is here!. Either by now, your New Year's resolution to become more fit is an ingrained part of your daily life, or it was forgotten as quickly as the leftover fruitcake from Christmas. Either way, it doesn't matter nor does it matter if you made any resolutions at all. Today is a new day and new possibilities.

Whether you think you can or you can't you're right applies to living healthier and becoming more fit. If you think you can, you will find a starting point. Choose a starting point and begin. If you think you can't become healthier or more fit, you are going to be one of the many who choose to think about the concepts, but you are not going to ever find that starting point.

Ah, but as I was saying, spring is upon us and with the change in season comes the advent of spring fever. It feels like new hope, as if everything old is new again. Like that expansion in your waistband: it's only a few miles of walking and no brownies for a while say three to eight weeks.

Most people find it takes about three to four weeks to start forming one new habit. Don't expect to nail this overnight. According to various studies, it takes 30 -60 days for the acquisition of a new habit.

In three to eight weeks, your brain will have a sticky note on the bulletin board of your memory, and you won't have to think about making that new activity /change in eating habits a priority.

I don't know about you, but for myself and many of my clients, when there is a decision to change eating habits, it's something that must be a central conscious thought. Here's an example: One of my clients decided to cut mayonnaise/salad dressing down in his diet. To do this, he could have other condiments like mustard or ketchup on his daily lunch sandwich, but no mayo/salad dressing. When he first started out, he reported that he reached automatically for the mayo when he went to make my sandwich for the next day's lunch. He not only had to remember he wasn't using mayo on sandwiches any more, but he also had to remind myself why just so he could stay motivated.

After a couple of weeks, and a few different kinds of mustard, he still had to remind myself to grab the mustard, but he no longer needed to pep talk me into doing so. Yes, he missed the mayo at first. But he reported he was beginning to enjoy the various mustard's more and this is big he was feeling good about sticking to a change, however small it was.

That's all success is; little steps along the way to achieve your overall goal. C'mon, it's spring anything is possible.

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