Exercise is about doing something good for yourself — something that makes you feel good. But to truly make holistic improvements in your mood and overall health, you need to complement your gym time with some time outside of the gym to focus on your mental health. Whatever your specific goals and aspirations are, there’s no time like today to focus on your health and wellness. In honor of Self-Improvement Month, the National Director of Fitness at Youfit Health Clubs, Raphael Konforti, has compiled some tips that will help you feel better – inside the gym and out. Follow these tips and try to make small improvements each week. It will add up to big results.
Clear Your Mind to Prioritize Your Goals
We all have a laundry list of things we want to improve on in work and our personal lives. Setting goals can easily get out of hand as we think of everything we want to do! Each goal you set will take genuine and realistic effort and it’s impossible to do everything. Before setting any goals take 10 – 20 minutes (or however much time you need) to clear your mind. Set aside your phone, turn off the TV and get in tune with your thoughts. Really dig in. What do YOU want to improve? What is most important to you? Forget goals you’ve heard others say, this is about you. Make sure what you put your energy into is something you’re the most passionate about.
Look At A New Way to Set Goals
How motivated we are depends a lot on how we perceive goals. If a goal seems really challenging it may be hard to find the motivation to get started. If it doesn’t seem challenging enough, you may end up writing it off as not being that important. If you set a goal for yourself though it’s obviously important to you and that’s what matters. Rephrasing or rewording your goal could be the trick you need to reaching it.
For example, let’s say your goal is to attend a boot camp class three times a week for the month. If you miss out on one day you might feel like you’ve failed already. Instead, try saying “I will go to 12 boot camp classes this month.” It’s virtually the same thing but it brings the bigger picture into play. Every goal is part of some bigger goal that adds even more value. This version also give you more flexibility.
Setting Realistic Goals
Be honest with yourself. We get so caught up looking at what we want the end result to be that we forget about the journey. Every big goal starts with accomplishing small goals. Setting smaller goals isn’t being less ambitious it’s being realistic and setting yourself up for success. Once you’ve knocked out a few small goals you’ll have a much better idea of the time it takes. Change takes time so give yourself permission to adapt over a few weeks or even months! Let’s say your goal is to lose weight and improve your diet. Instead of saying you’ll eat only healthy meals everyday, start by committing to eating at least one healthy meal per day. You can always overachieve your goal but at least you’ll be set up for success.
Celebrate the Small Victories
Any day that you find time to do something for yourself is a win! Celebrate the process changes you make along the way. Every visit is a victory. One fun way to celebrate your progress is making a calendar where you can physically check off small victories and see the small victories. Think of it as a self-improvement board game that has the best prize every, the satisfaction of success.
Research has shown that the people you surround yourself with have an immense power to influence your mood, attitude and perspective on life. If you surround yourself with people who have similar goals and ambitions, you will all be much more likely to succeed. Attending boot camp classes or YouGX classes is a great way to put yourself in a positive atmosphere with a group of people who are just as motivated as you are. The energy and accountability the group creates is palpable. The energy and motivation within a group setting is contagious. Be sure to set yourself up with some type of support group or partner like a YouCoach or a class to keep you motivated.
Self improvement can be a tiring topic. We’re examining ourselves and looking for ways to get better but we also need to focus on what we’ve already done. Try starting each day with positive self talk by writing in gratitude journal. Write down three things each day. It can be things you’re grateful, proud of, people you’re happy to have in your life — whatever it is it will add positivity and motivation to your day.
While every day is a good day to focus on self improvement, use September to step back, set appropriate goals and make positive change. YOU got this!
Do YOU have any tips on ways to self-improve? Share them in the comments below!