Better weather, more opportunities to get outside to move.
Yet, each season presents its own unique challenges to sticking with an exercise plan. And, each year the same season can present different challenges than the year before.
If the word “goal setting” seems boring or scary – or just too “serious” for summertime – I can relate! Yet, we need them!
Without goals we can be like a seashell tossed by the waves with no direction.
“The beauty is in the details” Unknown
1) Imagine yourself on labor day weekend – how would you like to feel at the end of the summer? What do you want to have accomplished? When you look back on the summer on Labor day, what will you be most proud of/ happy about?
2) What will you need to be doing regularly to make that happen? Brainstorm a list of ACTIONS you would be taking that would lead to a true Happy Labor Day feeling great about summer 2015!
3) What supports can you put in place this week? A written schedule? A plan of action? A commitment to action with a friend?
4) What boundaries will you set up to keep yourself on track with these actions each week of the summer? Boundaries are healthy reminders in your environment that will keep you from straying too far from your goal. It is easy to get distracted this time of year – keep your goals safe with lots of supports around you. Tracking exercise? Using a pedometer? A sign by the coffeepot to remind you to exercise each morning? Ask a friend to check in on you each week?
5) What are you most motivated to start today? No time like the present…. lets get moving!
If you need some extra accountability, feel free to post or email your goal.
I will check in again on Labor day (and probably during the summer too!)
Keep Moving, Be Well… Happy Summer!
These weekly emails are general guidelines. These guidelines apply to patients who are cleared by a physician for the type of exercise described. Please contact your physician with any concerns or questions. Always report any symptoms associated with exercise, such as pain, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness or fainting, to your physician.