It's officially spring, my friends. In my opinion, the holiday season feels like it was just yesterday. In reality, we're already a quarter of the way through 2014. Was 2014 supposed to be your year? Your year to take control over your diet? Your year to finally dedicate yourself to a life of fitness? Your year to achieve everything you've ever wanted and dreamed?
You may have already fallen off of the resolution train, but don't fret! It's never too late to hop back on. With these simple five steps you'll be able to keep your fitness goals top of mind in no time.
1. Write Your Goals Down
Write your goals down on a piece of scratch paper at your desk or on sticky notes in your bathroom. However you keep track of your goals, make sure you place them in a location where you will look at them frequently. Every week, re-evaluate your goals and make adjustments if needed.
2. Workout Any Chance You Get
If you are a busy working woman like me, you know that time is of the essence and working out sometimes gets put on the back burner. Don't let this happen to you on a daily basis. When you have a few spare minutes, get creative and figure out ways to exercise even when you're doing mundane tasks (i.e. squat while you're brushing your teeth, do crunches while watching TV).
3. Make Conscious Decisions
If you take a look around you, you'll realize that there are many ways for you to make smart healthy living decisions. For instance, how many times have you taken the elevator or escalator instead of the stairs? Don't forget that there are simple ways you can get your blood pumping without being inside a gym or lifting weights.
4. Tell Someone About Your Goals
Accountability is one of the best ways that you can achieve your goals. Tell your mom, dad, spouse, best friend, coworkers, etc. When you share your goals with others, you're more likely to keep on track. When I tell my fiancé my fitness goals, he tends to ask how I'm progressing at least once a week. He holds me accountable for my actions and is honest with me when I need to buckle down and focus.
5. Reward Yourself When You Reach Milestones
You're working hard, so every time you reach a milestone in your fitness goals, don't forget to reward yourself. The reward will be a motivator to keep at it and focus your energy on achieving your goals. My favorite rewards include having a fancy latte at the end of the week, having a second glass of wine, and taking a short getaway trip for the weekend. No matter what you decide, make sure it's something that you vary week to week to keep things interesting.
Nicole Kennedy is a healthy living blogger and publicist living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Nicole's blog, Simply Nicole, documents her daily life occurrences as she balances working full-time, blogging, training for races, practicing yoga, eating healthy and planning her wedding. You can connect with Nicole via Facebook and Twitter for real-time blog updates, tips and tricks to living a healthy lifestyle, and more!