by Blayne Soriano, Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach
I urge people not to wait to improve your health. Coaching for more than eight years has shown me the best time to show up for yourself and take care of your health is right now, not the new year or a few months from now.
Make sure to know the “why” behind your goal. Why do you want to feel better, why do you need a change, why is it important to you, etc.?
The answer could be wanting to pick up your grandbabies or push them in a stroller, or having a healthy heart because you want to see your daughter get married one day.
The “why” goal is stronger and more powerful then something such as “I want to lose 10 pounds.” If you don’t know why you want to take care of yourself, it’s harder to stick to your goal.
Write down your goal(s) so you can see them; create small habits to implement them into your day-to-day life. Whether sticky notes placed strategically around the home or a collage on your phone screen, help yourself visualize your goals.
For instance, I may have a note on my mirror that says “hydrate your body every day,” or limit your caffeine. I can implement this by not going to Starbucks for that second cup of coffee, refilling my water bottle instead.
Start with taking one habit away you know isn’t good for you. Then start creating one that will be good for you. This will be different for everyone.
For example, if someone has a glass of wine every night with dinner but is trying to improve their health, changing a bad habit would be limiting that to maybe one or two glasses a week instead of seven throughout the week. Instead fill, your cup with a carbonated water or fancy water with fruit or something that makes the bad habit into a good one.
Another example would be staying off the computer or phone at night before bed. Trade it for reading or journaling — you need to make sure you get enough sleep instead of binging a show or scrolling social media.
Lastly, find a community that supports you. No goal is a bad goal!