This one goes out to everyone trying to incorporate better health choices into their regular routine. These past few months, just a little before New Year’s, I decided it was high time that I took my training for the World Championships seriously, if I even want a chance at being a good competitor. Many people at the beginning of the year decide to make a New Year’s Resolution. Many of those resolutions include eating healthier, exercising more, and getting more rest. These are just a few examples of the prime New Year’s Resolutions that are made every year. Now, the question is whether people actually stick to their goals or if those goals chosen become too difficult for most to handle.
Sadly, many people are unable to stick to their resolutions as they either were too difficult for a beginner or they come up with excuses of ” life got in the way”, “it’s too hard”, “I’m beautiful just the way I am”, etc. All these reasons are more than capable of being true, but they also shouldn’t be an excuse for you to quit. We all are more than able of bettering ourselves in something to a certain extent. I believe that no matter how skinny, fit, healthy or whatever the case may be that you are, you always can do something more to better yourself and improve yourself farther.
One fun and exciting way that I have found helps me keep myself motivated is by having a healthy competition. This doesn’t require anything expensive or buying extra equipment if you choose not to, but for the purposes of what I am trying to achieve in my life, I asked for and received a FitBit for Christmas. This tool allows me to see how many steps I take throughout my day, how well I’m sleeping, and also, compete with my friends who also have a FitBit!
This past weekend I was in Orlando, FL., for a dance competition, while one of my best friends Caro, was also in Orlando for another opportunity. During our trip, we both went to theme parks with those we were traveling with. We decided it would be a fun idea to challenge each other on our FitBit devices to a step challenge to see who would take the most steps throughout our trip. This not only was a motivation for both of us, but it was also so much fun! It was a way for us to workout together while not physically being together. It’s a new and innovative way that technology has entered our lives to assist us in becoming a more healthier and fit version of ourselves!
If you are struggling to get motivated or train harder at whatever sport you are doing, I suggest maybe getting together with a friend. When you have someone with you, you both are more likely to push each other to do your best and want to see who can do the better job of the two. This is a great form of encouragement as sometimes you may be on top, while others, your friend will be. This is also a great way to see where your weaknesses are and what it is you personally need to work on. You both can always ask each other for help and guidance while also spending time together.
So what are you waiting for?! Get up and get moving! Make every day of your life “One of those HEALTHY days!” Being healthy and fit isn’t a fad or trend, but a lifestyle.