Episode 8 – Four tips you need to know to kickstart your health journey

 

I hear you.

Changing your lifestyle can seem like a major decision.

It’s scary, right! First, you have to let go of old habits. Second, is the adjustment period – the period of time that seems like walking a tight rope between “failure” and “making it.

So, does change = pain?

Well, no.

Stick with me for a second.

At first it may seem like pain, but once you get over the initial obstacles, the “change” is more of a transformation or, a right of passage for you becoming more of who you are – meaning, it’s one of your character building moments.

You’ll be better, more equipped in life, people will admire your courage and most importantly you’ll be true to yourself.

But…

As with any journey worth taking, you have to be well prepared and have the right mindset to see you through.

Are you ready to commit to doing what’s necessary?

Great!

In this article, let’s explore 4 key steps to successfully kickstart your health and fitness journey. They’ll get you going in the right direction and, for good!

 

The 4 steps to success

 

1. Identify your goal

This is the first step towards kickstarting your health and fitness journey.

No goals, means no direction. No direction means staying the same – which the opposite to why you’re here right?! So, to kickstart your health and fitness journey let’s get your goal in order.

 

Ask yourself this question and be honest,

“What do I want to achieve?”

 

Some common goals include:

    • Wanting a sexier body
    • Being stronger
    • Reducing fatigue
    • Feeling more confident
    • Being able to play with your child for longer periods of time
    • Having more energy to get more out of life.

 

Hot tip:

It also pays to drive your health and fitness goal with your “why.”

“Why do you want to improve your health?”

Hint: think of your “why” in terms of the immediate and deeper benefits, as well as the potential consequences if you do not make these changes.

 

2. Work on your Confidence

The second key factor to kickstart your health and fitness journey is to use body language hacks to build your confidence. Simple body language improvements such as, walking upright or smiling help to boost feel-good hormones and other biomarkers such as, testosterone while at the same time lower stress hormones such as, cortisol – of which too much isn’t good for your confidence.

If you want to go the extra mile in hacking your body language for confidence, try these power poses.

 

Simply hold for 2 minutes or more on a daily basis:

  • Champion’s pose – take a cue from runners who do their victory pose when they reach the finish line. This is a good one.
  • Wonder woman pose – put on your fiercest “Wonder Woman” pose with back straight and arms on your waist. Another great pose for confidence.

 

Hack your body language to build your confidence and you’ll no doubt kickstart your health fitness journey.

 

What’s the other tips to kickstarting your health and fitness journey? Read on!

 

 

3. Celebrate the Small Wins

The third factor in kickstarting your health and fitness journey is to recognize the importance of celebrating the smaller victories that come with achieving your ultimate health and fitness goal.

 

Setup yourself up with small wins such as,

  • Rewarding yourself for making better nutrition choices at each meal
  • Giving yourself some positive encouragement for bringing sports gear to work
  • Feel more alive and vital after you shift your bedtime habit to an earlier time.

 

These incremental changes – with built-in rewards – are the small steps you need to effect greater change. They will also ultimately contribute to your bigger goal in the long term. Once you nail this step you’ll kickstart your health and fitness journey in the right direction and faster.

 

4. Seek Support

The last factor for kickstarting your health and fitness journey is to seek support. As you move towards better health, there will be individuals along the way who will help you achieve your goals.

 

Let’s take a look at what they can do for you:

  • Helpers – provide assistance in finishing a task. They may also contribute complementary skills to help you achieve your goals much like teammates who help each other win a match.
  • Supporters – these are the individuals who cheer you on and push you to do better.
  • Coaches and mentors – provide a bird’s eye view of your progress and are instrumental in providing guidance, structure, and the strategies to achieve your goal.

 

It’s time to kickstart your health and fitness journey!

No challenge is impossible! Follow the above 4 key steps to kickstart your health and fitness journey. They’ll get you going in the right direction and, for good!

 

To summarize the tips again, here are the top four (4) tips to keep in mind:

Tip #1. Find Out Your Why

Tip #2. Improve Your Confidence

Tip #3. Celebrate the Small Wins

Tip #4. Seek Support

 

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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.

Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.

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