Fit Tip: Knowledge + Action Is Power
We live in a media-savvy world, and information about health – some legitimate, some dubious – is in abundance.
You probably read magazine articles or scroll for tidbits on your smart phone about how to work out better, eat smarter or lose those extra pounds. But what are you actually doing about it?
Sometimes the information overload creates a lull in productive activity, so let’s look at three simple, fuss-free steps to get you the results you need.
1. Move Beyond the Learning Phase
While knowledge is a powerful thing, don’t make the mistake of thinking your good intentions count toward a calorie burn. If you spend more time reading about how to get fit than actually moving your body, you’re stuck in the learning phase. It’s time to stop procrastinating and trust the tools you have to start taking steps for your health.
2. Skip Out on Perfection
Perfection is a stall tactic. Maybe you’re waiting to lose 10 pounds on your own before you join a gym. Or you’re putting off eating healthy until you can afford to only buy organic. Realize that this type of perfectionist thinking will make you stuck, not bring you luck. Nothing big and drastic needs to happen in your routine. Small changes are what really count in the game of health.
3. Execute an Action Plan
Knowledge is only power when combined with action. With 2014 winding down, it’s time to make an end-of-year action plan. Write down five goals and get to work! Here are examples to get you started:
- I will add strength training to my workout routine instead of just cardio
- I will make three meals a week from my latest healthy cookbook purchase
- I will keep my body fully hydrated and always reach for water
- I will stand instead of sit for half of my day at work
- I will actually use the juicer, blender or food processor taking space in my cabinet
- I won’t buy any more fitness DVDs until I start sweating to my current collection
Congrats! You’ve made it to the end of this article, now what are you going to do with the information?