There’s still a month left before Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. This is a perfect time to reassess your fitness goals and reflect on progress and successes. Your assignment this month? Finish the Summer Reflect, Revamp and Renew project. You can also take this time to catch up if you’ve fallen behind or jump on the bandwagon if you’re just joining us.
My Small Step Philosophy: A fit life is attained by making small, realistic and sustainable changes in food consumption and exercise over time. This allows a person time to create and hone new, fit habits that then become adopted and integrated into her everyday life. The result is a person who is living a fit lifestyle each and every day, making her healthy and strong for a lifetime. I have used this philosophy to create my One Small Step blog series. Each month, I give you one healthy change to work on for that entire month. Sometimes it’s a diet change, sometimes an exercise change and sometimes one of each. The idea is to concentrate only on that one change for a month so that it becomes ingrained into your daily meals or weekly exercise routines, making you able to take on another small change at the beginning of the next month. Just discovering the series now? No worries, the Small Step changes don’t need to be done in any particular order and are independent of one another. You can begin this month, follow along the rest of the year and incorporate what you’ve missed next year. Here is what we’ve accomplished thus far:
- Take control of your daily calorie intake (January’s portion control)
- Practice planning ahead to minimize high calorie meals and maximize opportunities for exercise (February’s plan ahead)
- Use strategies to manipulate your environment to avoid falling back into unhealthy habits (March’s accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives)
- Improve the quality of your food choices and quantity of daily activity (April’s substitutions)
- Revisit healthy habits of the past when we were slimmer and healthier (May’s go old school)
- Add strength training and more fresh produce to your bag of tricks (June’s +1)
And, if you’re taking a vacation this month, check out my tips on how you can enhance your vacation experience by injecting it with a fitness philosophy. Vacations are about rejuvenation and discovery, take this opportunity to include fitness in your summer plans and reflect, revamp and renew your way to a fit and happier lifestyle.