Simple and to the point:
1. You shouldn’t go it alone. Camaraderie and support are vital in our quest for health and fitness–just ask any of Barb’s Fit U exercisers! There is indeed strength in numbers. Doing everything by yourself can be lonely and discouraging. But having a buddy — or a team of supporters — can help you to stick to it when the going gets tough. Instead of just going solo on the treadmill or bike, consider taking a group fitness class or joining a team sports league.
2. Attitude matters. The wrong group can drain your motivation and energy. Negative energy could have contributed, on some level, to their constant struggles, so it is important for you to surround yourself with positive people!
3. You won’t always see results. Ups and downs are a reality for all of us. When you get frustrated, trust that your efforts will show eventually. Your efforts are making a difference.
4. You have to train your brain. Think about what you are thinking about! When you’re out of shape and/or overweight, it’s easy to beat yourself up and lose confidence. With every small step you take towards your goals, you will begin to retrain your brain to expect success and your confidence will build. With every goal you achieve, your self-esteem with sky-rocket. The key is to just start. It’s always better to try—even if you mess up along the way — than to never try at all.
5. You have to change your lifestyle. No matter how hard you train at the gym, what you do the other 23 hours of the day matters just as much. There are no quick fixes in life, and getting helathy is not a temporary thing. It’s a series of day-to-day, meal-by-meal choices for the long haul.
6. You have to work hard. Changing your habits is hard work–not for the faint of heart. You will not be successful with a half-hearted effort or by looking for shortcuts or the easy way out.
7. You can have fun! Boredom will kill your exercise routine. Mix it up and keep your body guessing and keep it fun. Instead on going to the gym for a mindless half hour on the stairclimber, get outside and do some hiking or biking. Forgo the weight machines one day and head to a playground to swing from the monkey bars, climb, jump, run and LAUGH!
8. You have to be consistent. Healthy eating and exercise has to become a part of your daily life—even when no one sees you. And when you encounter setbacks along the way, you can’t give up. Consistency is the key. No matter how close (or far) you are from your goal — or even if you’re there already — the habits you learn along the way have to continue if you’re to be successful in the long term.