OK, so it's April. How are you doing with that New Year's resolution to get fit? A good majority of people who create resolutions have given them up by April.
If you let your resolution slide by, think about these tips from Harvard Medical School on how to get back on track without beating yourself up over failure:
- Imagine yourself exercising. Recall the aspects of exercise you enjoy most.
- Come up with a tantalizing reward to give yourself when you meet your first goal after resuming your program. (Shoe Diet anyone?)
- Line up walking partners for your next few outings.
- If completing your whole exercise routine seems overwhelming, mentally divide it into smaller chunks, and give yourself the option of stopping at the end of each one. However, when you reach a checkpoint, encourage yourself to move on to the next one instead of quitting.
- Rather than focus on why you don't want to exercise, concentrate on how good you feel when you've finished a workout.