By Ramese Long
1. SET AN UNREALISTIC GOAL.
Yes, set an unrealistic goal. What do I mean by that? Of course, I’m talking by healthy standards not extreme. For instance, if you have had a desire for ripped abs or defined arms, but, you’ve always been too lazy to really put in the work to achieve that look…go for it! Why? Because you will have to use a different approach simply because you’re now shooting for something you’ve never achieved. Get going and you’ll figure out the rest along the way. Don’t forget it’s a process of trials and errors.
2. IF YOU EAT BECAUSE OF BOREDOM/EMOTIONS OR GLUTTONY (that’s me), BUY LESS FOOD WHEN YOU GO TO THE STORE.
If you want it that bad, you’ll have to go out and get it at that point.
3. PLACE YOUR CELL PHONE/ALARM CLOCK OUT OF ARM’S REACH.
It will cause you to physically have to get out of bed. If you’re so lazy that you get back in bed then …“Houston, we have a problem.” Don’t be that lazy.
4. DO IT IN THE MORNING.
Your car runs better when you let it warm up in the morning, do the same for your body. If you have trouble waking up in the morning, believe it or not, this is the solution. Get up early and run.
5. PICK YOUR FOOD “CHEAT” DAYS EACH WEEK.
Discipline begins here. Allow yourself no more than three cheat days. There are seven days in a week … four “healthier” with three as optional cheat days tilts the scale in a positive direction with plenty of room for improvement.
6. IF YOU MESS UP AND CHEAT ON A “NON CHEAT DAY” SET CONSEQUENCES WHICH REQUIRE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; EXERCISE!
7. GET A FRIEND/SUPPORT GROUP OF PEOPLE IN BETTER SHAPE THAN YOU ARE.
Would you send your child to a dentist with bad teeth? I think you understand what I’m getting at.
Most of us get less sleep than we should, me included. Go to bed.
9. GET A COACH.
Professionals have them. Why wouldn’t it benefit you?
10. COME UP WITH YOUR OWN FITNESS TIP.
This may collide with tip no. 9, but that’s the job of a good coach. This forces you to think outside the box and come up with a plan, exercise or something to help you continue to create a new process.