Examine why you want to be fit
Being fit is not just a matter of not being ill. It is about actively getting the most out of your life. The risks to health come from being completely sedentary or mistaking a busy lifestyle for an active one.
Check your current lifestyle to find out if you are actually active
- Are you overweight?
- Can you climb three flights of stairs without gasping and becoming breathless?
- Do you sleep well?
- Do you relax and take time out from your daily chores?
If you have answered ‘no’ to questions above, try to correct your habits by making small changes in your everyday living. If you`ve already been exercising, these little tips will still help you sustain your level of fitness.
Use the S.M.A.R.T method to help you achieve your goals.
S is for specific.
Define your goals clearly and list them down in order of priority. For example:
1. Start morning walks
2. Eat a healthy breakfast
Making lists of things to do helps you set priorities.
M is for measurable.
It is important to keep track of how much you are progressing. Are you able to walk longer than when you started out ? Are you able to sleep better ? Are you drinking enough water? When you watch your progress you are motivated to keep going.
A is for action.
Don’t just think about it, ACT ! Once you’ve made up your mind to do something take the required action. For example,
- Use the stairs instead of the lift.
- Start that sport you’ve been thinking of.
- Do the housework with full energy.
It’s the action that takes you closer to your goal.
R is for realistic.
Don’t try to conquer the world in a day. Instead aim for small but important changes. If you are too hard on yourself, you could get discouraged or even hurt yourself. Start slowly, gradually building up the effort you put in.
T is for timed.
Set yourself a time limit. Without a time limit you may tend to forget about your goal or let it meander on for too long. Having a time limit also allows you to measure how well you’ve done in certain period of time.
Namita is a Clinical Exercise Specialist and Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant. She is currently attached to Bombay Hospital as their clinical and wellness specialist.
Look forward to the following fitness topics this week:
- Improving fitness levels
- Overcoming barriers to fitness