We develop strategies for managing our finances or as part of our jobs – well it’s just as relevant when it comes to your health and wellbeing. Here’s a simple four step process to developing your own Health and Wellbeing Strategy:
- Assess where you’re” at – can be as simple as weighing yourself, measuring your waist, and noting where you feel tight, weak or need some work. You could supplement this with body composition analysis.
- Set some goals – make them SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. For instance, lose 4 kilos and 1 inch from my waist in 4 weeks.
- Develop a nutrition and exercise – plan including some consistent days and times to train – this makes it easier to organise yourself and means you’re more likely to eat well and to train.
- Monitor your progress – check in regularly against the your goals and plan – celebrate success! Make adjustments to your goals, plans and execution.
TIP: No matter what your goals make sure you include a mix of exercises that train the mind, body and heart – some weights or functional training, cardio, and stretching or Pilates.
Sounds easy, right? For some, this is all that’s needed – they have the motivation, knowledge and skills required – but for many of us, we need a little bit of extra help to get started or to stay the course. Here are some more tips to help achieve your goals.
- Mix it up – variety is the spice of life and the same can be said for fitness. Variety is not only great for all rounded fitness but great for keeping you mentally stimulated and motivated.
- Train with a friend – can be a great way to get started in the gym, motivate each other, and keep each other accountable. It’s harder to ditch when someone else is relying on you.
- Take some group fitness classes – fast, fun and structured workouts with great music and comradery. You’re more likely to turn and train harder in a group.
- Get a personal trainer – get some professional help with assessing where you’re at, setting a plan, exposure to latest trends and someone to help motivate you.