Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting Fit with Kids Week 4-Wrap Up

Four Easy Steps To Great Health
Great work on the last workout everybody. We had fun coming up with an animal inspired workout that trained the full body in an interactive way. This will be the last week for the adults and kids workouts. Next week we will develop workouts for adults (which can be done with kids, but are more focused for adults). This last article, of the first series, we want to talk about you and your family. 
As we all know, your health is important. But it is common for us to put other priorities in front of it. Why do we do this? Time? Stress? Lack of Motivation? Here are the easiest steps to reprioritize what is important in your life and to really make a healthy lifestyle something your entire family embraces.
Write down each of these questions and answers somewhere you can see everyday.

Step 1) What is my current state of health?
If you do not know, go to a doctor. Take a baseline assessment of yourself. Things like your weight, body fat percentage and record it along the way. We recommend once every two weeks.

Step 2) What are your goals?
Be specific. It can be to lose weight, gain strength, reduce your blood pressure, etc.
It does not have to be a huge goal. It could be as simple as losing 5 pounds. But quantify it. If you want to get stronger, how so? Maybe a new push up record or more muscle tone? Whatever it is, be specific.

Step 3) How am I going to reach these goals? And by when?
You need to hold yourself accountable if you want to reach goals. Plan out how you will reach your goal. What will it look like? Will you walk everyday? Will you  begin cooking healthier food? Be specific about the steps to your goal and make realistic dates where you can check in and see how you are truly doing.  This is where you can compare to your baseline and continue your first measurements.

Step 4) What Will I Enjoy?
Enjoy what you are doing. Initially, you will be creating a habit to exercise or eating better or both. But, eventually it will become a natural part of your family’s lifestyle. Add variety to your exercise and pick activities you enjoy. If you do not know what you like, try everything and ask friends or family if they have any recommendations. Or us at Chapel Hill Training. We love working with families.
In the end, remember why you are doing this. Taking care of our bodies is crucial and should not be brushed over. Do not wait until it is too late to make a difference in you and your family’s life.
Write down your own whys? Maybe you want to make sure you see your great grandchildren. Maybe your family suffers from heart disease and you want to make a change. Whatever your why, remember it when the voice in the back of your head is saying to quit.

Please ask us how you can implement these steps into your family’s life. They will thank you for your attention to their health and happiness.

In health,

Justin Hardy
Chapel Hill Training
400 West Rosemary St. Suite 1003
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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