Easter is an egg-cellent time to start focussing on getting fitter, being healthy and finding more balance in your lifestyle.
Most people we see tend to want to look and feel good as we move into the summer months. We all might enjoy the extra bit of chocolate at Easter but once it’s out the way you’ve got a great opportunity to develop your fitness and health goals.
The goals we set ourselves are wide and varied, whether it’s a clean-eating diet or spending more quality time with our families. Like all targets, some are hit, some are exceeded and some fall short of the mark. That’s why it’s important you have a clear idea of where you want to reach and you know how you’re going to reach it.
Here’s our ten-step guide to your wellbeing strategy…
Know what you want to achieve
So many people fall at the first hurdle because they haven’t thought about what they want to achieve. Establish your main drivers, just as you would if you were embarking on any form of programme. Having a clear view on what you want to achieve makes reaching your goals much simpler.
Set realistic goals
When we train hard for something we like to feel like we’re getting somewhere and achieving what we set out to do. This is why it’s incredibly important to set realistic goals. It’s a big jump to say you’re going to compete in an Ironman event before even running a 5K. And it just doesn’t have to be sport. Maybe it’s to spend time each day meditating or reducing the amount of sugar in your diet. Whatever it is, challenge yourself with your targets but make sure you’re able to reach them.
Plan how to reach them
Get your road map in place at the start of your journey. Breaking your goals out into a detailed timeline means you have something you can stick to, that can guide you. Hit your milestones and periodically reassess whether these are achievable, and you’ll stay on the right track.
Put the time in
Time is one of the most valuable commodities we have at our disposal. If you’re serious about improving your wellbeing and sticking to your plan then you have to allocate the time to do it. It won’t do itself, so safeguard your time to deliver it so it doesn’t become another broken promise.
Discipline is what turns goals into success. You have to be disciplined with your self and your team if you want to deliver on the targets you’ve outlined in your plan.
Clean up your act
Look at the habits you’ve formed and see if there are any you wish you didn’t have. Maybe it’s that extra sugar in your tea or an afternoon biscuit. Could you cut them out? Your mind and body is fuelled by what we put into. Nourish them well and they will look after you in return.
Commit to it
Commitment to the plan and strategy is a huge factor in determining success. The results might not be apparent straight away but keep persevering – if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing.
Maximise the effort
If you set out to do something then make sure you do it right. This means giving it your all and raising that bar. Go further than you think you can and keep surprising yourself. If you give something your all and can hold your head up high at the end of it, you’ll have reached the place you want to be.
Measure the gains
Tracking the success of your efforts will allow you to understand what works and what doesn’t. Make sure you have a way of measuring the activity and know the metrics you want to track – so you can smash through those goals you’ve set for yourself.
You have to enjoy doing it. Finding balance, being healthy and striving towards better well being are wonderful things. Be passionate about having them, be determined to make them succeed and do it all with the right attitude.
You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve with simple hard work, dedication and application. It’s easy to delay and it’s even easier to talk about plans. Make this the time when you stop talking, stop delaying and start doing. It’s easy to stick to the status quo but if you’re serious about making a change, there’s no better time than now.
If you like the sound of this then give us a call on 020 8003 4955 and see how we can help.