Sunday Thoughts (2 quick tips)

“Ugh.”

That’s what I used to think.

I’d see super fit people milling about, seemingly on top of their health programs and always active and just think… “Give me a break already.”

But instead of just stewing in it, I started reading, and watching and talking to people.

And I eased some of their healthy habits into my own life.

Guess what? It worked.

And as I sit here looking out at a new week just around the bend, I’m not going to give you a laundry list of all these things that help others…

No, I’m going to share just 2 things that I think will help you.

Because they help me.

Now, there might be a dozen healthy habits you can try in your life that will make a big difference. And there could be countless other “tips” to try to make these things stick. Really stick.

But if you master these two, you’re well on your way to accomplishing anything you want.

Ok, let’s get to it.

Tip #1: Plan ahead.

If you’ve decided that regular exercise is important to you (and you should), then schedule it. And stick to it.

A walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the gym should have as much priority in your life as a meeting, coffee date or dinner plans.

And when you schedule it, plan out your week, with blocks that are “you-focused,” it takes one decision off your hands.

Because you’ve already decided it’s important.

Reduce the number of decisions, and you reduce what’s called “decision fatigue.” The “should I or shouldn’t I” merry-go-round.

You should, because you planned to, and you shouldn’t think twice about it. Just get on with it.

Tip #2: Be kind to yourself.

This is especially hard for people. You need to stop putting yourself down if you slip up, or doubt creeps in.

An over-the-top guilt trip harms you more than a cookie or a handful of chips.

Think about this. If a friend came to you and asked you if they should try a new exercise or go for a bike ride, but they were hesitant… what would you say?

You’d probably tell them, “Give it a try. I’m sure you can do it. Just see what happens.”

Shouldn’t you be at least as kind and helpful to yourself?

The end of the weekend is upon us. We have a brand-new week ahead. Why not sit down, right now, and plan out a couple brisk walks, or something else active.

And then when the time comes… stick to the plan.

Then when you’re done, give yourself a pat on the back. Like you would a close friend.

Do these things enough and they become second nature.

And you start to discover the healthier, happier you that you deserve.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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