Day #8 of The 12 Fitness Days of Christmas

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1. Practice relaxation strategies – Melt away stress with meditation or a warm bath. Pet your dog, or listen to good music.  Heck I play the guitar and find it to be a terrific escape when I need to get away mentally.

2. Wake up 30 minutes earlier – Early risers are more proactive, better planners, get better grades, are more productive at work, and are more optimistic. And get this, it may help you sleep better. Sleep experts say that the earlier you go to bed and earlier you wake up, the better you sleep.

Early in the morning is a great time to have some quiet, alone time. Time to do whatever you like, such as plan for the day ahead, write, read – the morning is your oyster! Getting up 30 minutes earlier may enable you to not be a crazy person in the morning. You can actually eat breakfast. Maybe even enjoy a less hectic commute.

Get what you want accomplished before you’re too busy to remember what you wanted to do.

What have you got to lose?

Except for the 30 minutes of sleep … but what you gain could be immeasurable.

3. Set a goal – Goal setting is a super important part in achieving results. Setting and achieving small, realistic goals will build confidence and prove to yourself that you are making progress, and are capable of achieving results.

when you start to Believe that you can do it, achieving what you want becomes more attainable. Goals also provide a focal point and can help you remember that weight loss is a process that doesn’t just happen in 21 days.  Its a grind that will ultimately yield success through consistency.

4. Make yourself the priority – Driving the kids to dance or soccer practice, making sure dinner is ready when your spouse gets home, grocery shopping, taking the dog to the vet because it swallowed your kids toy.

Sound familiar?  They’re just a few examples I hear from people…and I hear a lot of things in this department!

What they are saying to me is I’m last on the list of priorities in my life.  I don’t have time for my own health because I have all these other things I have to do.  What I’m saying is, if you’re not healthy you can’t do any of those things.  It’s time to to look at your life and make time for yourself.  Maybe spend less time watching TV, on Facebook, going to lunch or coffee with friends, and more time on your own nutrition and exercise.

About the Author John Praino

Coach John's enthusiastic approach and positive energy will get anyone excited about fitness. However it's his ability to motivate and inspire people to do more not just in the dojo but in life that gets results.

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