Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Get It Together, Post Two

Happy Friday! We are so close to the end of January, and hopefully you are all a bit more organized, and are still feeling motivated.

I know that sometimes we can “lose a little steam” when working on big projects such as cleaning out your house. Give yourself a day to take a breath, regroup, and sort the tasks you need to do in order to finish. Once you power through the last of it, you are going to love the feeling of accomplishment!

Today, I want to talk a little more about getting our lives together; mainly about PLANNERS!

I’m sure we have all been there, we buy a planner with grand intentions of using it, then after a month, it’s collecting dust or is stuck in the back of a drawer. Well not this year it’s not!

First, I am going to be bluntly honest when it comes to choosing a planner. All you need is a planner set up how YOU would use it, and a pencil. Yep, that’s it.

I personally see these “DIY planners” full of stickers, colorful additives, etc. as a waste of time and money. Now don’t get all up in arms at me; if you find that these extra pieces truly help you to actually use your planner, and keep organized, that is wonderful!

Just know, if you think that going out and spending a bunch of money on a planner, stickers, and colorful pens is going to help you to actually use it, you’re most likely wrong. You are going to spend more time trying to get all these stickers in there than actually scheduling out your week and month.

When I say you need a planner set up how YOU like it, I mean the way the layout is printed. I purchased my planner from Barnes & Noble, and while it did come with stickers, I cut those pages out and gave them to my daughter.

Personally, I like tabs so I can flip to months quickly and easily, I also like that each month starts off with a full month calendar, then is broken down into weeks/days following that page.

On my monthly calendar I can see all of my various appointments, events, etc. As for the weekly/daily pages, I can easily list out the tasks I need to work on for that specific day or week. As I navigate this year with my planner, I will be using it to also focus on the social media and blog posts that need to be completed, as well as my family’s day to day schedules.

Now, how will you make sure to use your planner? That’s what Sunday’s are for! A couple weeks ago on Instagram I shared what “Self-Care Sunday” means to me. For some it may mean laying on the couch binge watching TV. For me it means sitting down with my planner, my 52 Lists Journal, and setting my intentions for the week.

I have found that starting off every Sunday has kept me so much more organized and prepared! I am able to start my week off with such amazing positivity, and it helps me to keep my motivation up.

This doesn’t mean that I only look at my planner on Sunday’s, this simply means that I plan everything out. I also make sure to add needed appointments and events to my iPhone calendar.

Being able to see all of your engagements will help you to better prepare for you week mentally, which is a great way to get your life organized! Having a better sense of clarity in our minds will help us to ease stress and feel more calm.

Take a deep breath, and get to your planner!

Taking Care Of Me

Last weekend I made such an amazing decision. I left our girls in Daddy’s able care, checked myself into a local hotel, and took some time for ME. It has been probably 6-7 years since I have done something like this, so yeah, I was way overdue.

Being a mom is so fulfilling, wonderful, and I love it. I just allowed myself to get a little lost in the routine of it all. Being a wife and mom means I am the main caregiver in the household. I simply needed to remember that it is okay for me to take time for JUST me; to rest, recharge, and do what I want to do – without interruption. I need to remind myself that when caring for my family, I need to be sure to care for myself too.

The day before I went it had snowed, like 3-4 inches of it, and when I arrived it was a little drizzly out. Being an Oregon girl, this is my favorite kind of weather when I want to just hang out and read. I loved my view, the rain pattering against the window, the beautiful trees, and the remnants of the prior day’s snowfall. My room was so clean and warm, I feel like my muscles released some tension the moment I walked in.

My plan for the rest of the stay was to read the Rachel Hollis bestseller: Girl, Wash Your Face, make sure my planner was up to date, and continue on with my 52 Lists for Happiness journal.

Basically, my plan, while very loose based and relaxed, was to just focus on me. I really needed to take this time to check in with myself and see how I was feeling. This was my time to think about what I was doing with my day to day, besides just taking care of my daughters. What is it that I really want to focus on?

I remember walking in, putting my things down and looking around the room. You know, as one does in any hotel. I took in the view, checked out the sleeping, sitting, kitchenette and bathroom areas, and allowed myself to settle in a bit. I felt such a sense of calm, it was beautiful. Once I stepped out of the bathroom I thought, “I kind of want to shower.” Then it hit me. I COULD! One thing as moms that we don’t always get to just enjoy, is showers. I know at my house it feels like another task at times; something I need to just get done quickly in the evening. It felt so good to just shower, and let the warm water wash away my tension. I got into some comfy clothes after and began reading.

The entire rest of the afternoon I spent my time with my book and snacking. Yeah, I totally took my own food and snacks, I didn’t want to leave the room at all. It was amazing to just sit in that space, both physically and mentally, the rest of the afternoon and evening. I took breaks, got snacks, and checked my phone periodically. That’s one important thing I want to share, once I settled in, I put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode. I didn’t want the distraction while there, I didn’t want to hear any notifications. This was MY time.

I didn’t leave my room until the next morning when I went down for breakfast, which was so good. I took down my journal, my 52 Lists work book, my Brendon Burchard book, and my planner. I enjoyed a warm, filling breakfast, and worked on some of my personal growth.

Since checkout wasn’t until noon, I went back up to my room and finished reading my Rachel Hollis book. Yes, I FINISHED it! I read the whole book while there, it was incredible. I even allowed myself to just lay on the bed and rest a little bit more before leaving. Since I had only stayed one night, I didn’t have much stuff, so I had packed up most of it before heading down to breakfast. I wanted to be sure that I was maximizing my time while there, and doing little things I could (like packing my own simple foods) to be sure I wasn’t busy with anything unimportant.

If you follow me on Snapchat you’ll know one of the things I have been encouraging others to do is to make their bed in the morning. It is such a great and simple way to start the day. It is one task accomplished and keeps your home looking clean and together. I made sure to pop the picture below up on Snapchat before I left, to show that no matter I am, I start my day with purpose.

My entire stay at the Home2 Suites was wonderful, and when I arrived home to my family I found myself much more relaxed. The feeling of being recharged is one I have not felt for a long time, and it has helped bring on much more clarity.

I was able to really start focusing on what I want to be doing in this world, and how I want to be showing up for myself and others every day. If you are a mom, or a person with a very busy schedule, I highly recommend you take a YOU day and check into a hotel, read, rest, relax. Focus on you and do your Life Audit and really figure out what you want to be doing with your time.

Just don’t forget, make your bed.

2018 – Year In Review

It’s crazy to think that another year is just hours away from coming to a close. We made it through another 365 days, some were good, some were challenging. Today is definitely the day to look back on how we showed up for each day, and make a plan for how we are going face the next 365.

A few days ago I finally took a little bit of time for just me. I went to my local Barnes & Noble, sat in a comfy chair, and just read. It was the first time, in a very long time I have taken this kind of time for me.

It helped me to be able to reflect and think about how I wanted to approach the next year. I mostly found myself reflecting on the last few months of this year, and how they left me exhausted, stressed, irritable, and very down.

I have loved participating in The Last 90 Days by Rachel Hollis, and really think this helped me to survive the last few months of this year. It helped me to get more active, choose healthier food habits, and really up my water intake! I wasn’t perfect all 90 days, and these last couple of weeks have been a struggle, but I was doing my best.

So why was I so overwhelmed? I was finally completely honest with myself and knew that I had taken on way too much! Each year my husband and I throw two big parties, Halloween and Christmas. Which means all the planning, buying, prepping, set up, hosting, and clean up; and all very close together.

I used to love doing these parties, but something felt off this year. It was because I was trying to be a mom to two girls (which comes with a laundry list of tasks all it’s own), a wife who’s husband has a busy schedule, trying to do daily life, work on myself, had a list of “hobbies” I was trying to work on or start, and planning/hosting various other events. It was all too much, and I felt like I couldn’t say no when people asked for help.

The last 10 days before Christmas break this year, I had over 7 events, some days with multiple events; many of which I was planning, hosting, or for which I was providing items. I’m not sure I slept, or left my kitchen. Most importantly, I wasn’t enjoying it.

I have always been the type of person who, when commits to something, follows through and does her part. I also found myself thinking, “If I don’t do it, no one else will.”

And therein lies my moment. Why must it always be me? Who says I HAVE to do any of this? What does it matter if these parties don’t happen, if we don’t host every event? Why is it always up me to get people together?

So, in 2019, I’m not doing it anymore. It’s time I actually focus on ME, I’m going to cut back on what I commit to doing, focus on my health, and really think about what I really want to do with each day.

I’m currently reading High Performance Habits by Brandon Burchard and am loving the guidance I am already receiving, especially in the areas I really need it.

One thing he suggests is choosing three words to focus on for your year. Mine are: Happy, Motivated, Organized. I want to be a happier, more motivated, and highly organized person. I no longer want to feel stressed, over anxious, and worn down.

My family deserves the best version of me, but also equally important, I deserve the best version of me!

I want you to think about what you want for 2019. What are your words? Write them down, read the often, focus on them!

Thank you for reading, and for being here. I look forward to coming up with some great content for you these next twelve months! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Life Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Turn 30

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Life is a collection of lessons. We make mistakes. We surprise ourselves. We meet new people. We have new experiences. By the time you reach 30-years-old, there is no denying that you will have experienced a number of different life lessons. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the most important lessons you should learn before you turn 30.

Career lessons

Let’s start with your career. By this point, you may have had a number of different jobs and you will understand what you really want from your career. You will have learnt a number of lessons to get to this point. In fact, inc.com have a great post on the important career lessons that most people learn too late in life. This includes the fact that becoming a leader actually has nothing to do with a formal leadership position. Furthermore, humility goes much further than bravado, your reputation is everything, and you are not going to get anywhere by trying to take shortcuts.

Health lessons

We often take our health for granted when we are younger. However, with every year that passes, we learn that we need to respect our body. If we treat it well, it will treat us well. You have no doubt also learnt that coffee is great, but too much is bad. Other lessons you should learn by the time you reach 30-years-old include the following: physical activity is critical to personal wellness, lack of sleep is never a good thing, and you will crash if you have too much sugar.

Financial lessons

You will have probably learnt a number of different lessons about your finances by the time you reach 30-years-old. A lot of people will have gotten to this stage and have already had to cope with debt and paid it off. You can find out more about this at debtconsolidation.loans. Of course, this is the sort of lesson we hope that not everyone has to experience, but it is a reality for most people today. Other people will have fallen into the trap of overspending or not having an emergency fund available. These are all lessons we have had to learn the hard way but they help us to realise the value of having a budget and planning ahead.

Relationship lessons

Last but not least, some people will have had more relationship lessons than others. After all, naturally, some of us are more unlucky in the love department than others. Nevertheless, some of the key lessons that everyone should learn include that a real relationship is built on vulnerability, trust is not built through words but rather through acts, relationships and friendships are collaborations, and the most important relationship you can have in life is the one that you have with yourself.

So there you have it: some of the lessons you need to learn before you turn 30. Have you learnt these lessons yet? The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to live life to the fullest and ensure hurdles do not get in your way.

Looking out for Your Health in Your Workplace

Workplaces might not be the most dangerous locations in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to look after our own health in the workplace. For example, it’s important to look after your posture and try to keep your back relaxed so you don’t suffer an injury, but it’s also a good idea to take regular breaks from working at the computer so you don’t develop repetitive strain injury. Taking a break is also important to let your mind relax.

With so many stressful things to think about at work, it’s important to realize that we should be focusing on how to improve our health in the workplace. They don’t need to be big changes either. Rather, they can be small changes that will make a big difference in improving our health. To give you some ideas, here’s how you can look out for your health in your workplace.

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Look out for workplace dangers

Workplace dangers are everywhere. Be it exposed wiring, loose flooring or even The last thing you want is to be contacting an injury lawyer to deal with workplace dangers, so work to fix them quickly by getting in touch with senior staff, However, if you feel like you do need legal assistance, then consider www.dolmanlaw.com/aventura-personal-injury-lawyer/ or a similar service. Legal representation is an effective way to make changes in the workplace but should be considered a last resort if your employer isn’t willing to budge.

Rest your eyes

Eyestrain is becoming an increasing problem due to our reliance on computers. It’s a good idea to stay well away from your computer when not in use so that your eyes don’t hurt, and it’s also a good idea to stay at least an arm’s length away from your computer so that you’re not too close. If you experience regular headaches and find it hard to focus, then it could be an issue with eyestrain.

Rest your hands

In addition to resting your eyes, you also need to rest your hands. If you spend a lot of time working at a computer, typing and using smartphones, then your hands will be more susceptible to repetitive strain injury. If there’s tingling, pain or numbness in your hands when you type, then it’s a good idea to change your posture or the way you type in order to find a solution to your problem before it worsens over time. If you’d like to learn more about RSI, then this article from https://web.eecs.umich.edu/~cscott/rsi.html will be a great help.

Your body is the only one you get, so make sure you look after it. There’s no use in pushing yourself past your limits if it’s not sustainable, and it’s also important to ensure that you can continue working comfortably so that you don’t end up pushing yourself to a point where you can no longer work anymore. Take it easy, look out for your health and be smart about your work.

You’ve Only Got One: Look After Your Body For Happiness And Health

It’s the summer, and warmer days and nights usually mean that you’ll be putting more skin on show to feel cool and comfortable. There’ll be more time spent outside, soaking up that vitamin D, and you’ll need the confidence and energy to keep up with all those warm-weather plans. However, for some, it can be a dreaded time (especially after a long winter) as you may not feel confident in your inner health and outer appearance. To ensure that your skin is glowing and you are a happy, healthy version of yourself; you must start taking care of what’s going on inside your body. The better you treat your inner health, the more your outer glow will benefit, and you’ll feel body beautiful all year round. The following are some tips and tricks for you to consider, and will ensure that you’re as kind as possible to yourself; both inside and out.

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Yum, That’s Delicious!

The food you’re eating will have a direct effect on your mood, how you function, and your appearance. Therefore, it’s crucial to take a look at the fuel that you are giving yourself each day, so that you can feel as good as possible both inside and out. A little of what you fancy will always do you good, so you don’t have to say goodbye to cronuts and ice cream forever (it’s not about being mean to yourself). It’s just about eating all the naughty stuff in moderation and filling up on the good things which can still be super tasty. Sugar and fast-release carbohydrates will give you an instant boost; however, unfortunately, that boost will be short lived, and you’ll come crashing down and craving more fuel in no time.

Sugary foods and soda will give you no nutritional value either; which is why they’re often referred to as empty calories (fun calories also), and should be limited to treats and special occasions. If you feel that you need a sugary hit; combine it with fiber and vitamins, and have a fruit smoothie or cold pressed juice. At least if you’re hitting your sugar craving with natural sugars, you’ll be nourishing your body with all the good stuff that comes with it, which will help your body function in the right way. You’ll need to ensure that you’re getting enough good fats into your diet so that your hair and nails will grow strong and your skin will be nourished. Avocados are a great when it comes to good fats, and the more that you eat, the more you’ll see a change in your appearance (kind of like when you’ve had a really good facial). The green pear-shaped delights are also packed with essential fiber, which is great for your digestive health, and will lead to less bloating and better body confidence when it comes to popping on your swimwear.

When it comes to food and drink, it’s really about pouring all the vitamins and minerals, good fats, slow-release carbs, and protein into your system that will allow your body to function at its best. If the inside of your body is working as best as possible, you’ll see the difference on the outside. Your eyes, teeth, hair, skin, and nails, are all fed by what you decide to eat, so bear that in mind next time you’re on your lunch break. And again, treats are great; you deserve them, but don’t make them an integral part of your diet, because that few minutes of joy could be followed by a negative effect on your physical and mental health, and your appearance this summer.

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Hmm, That Doesn’t Feel Right

It’s time to stop ignoring those aches, pains, and changes in your body. More often than not, they’ll be nothing to worry about. However, the sooner you spot and treat illness and various conditions, the quicker your road to recovery and great inner health will be. Therefore, it’s time to book that appointment with your dentist, doctor, or counsellor so that your physical and mental health are well taken care of.

Get in to the habit of addressing your issues as soon as feel a change, and don’t put things off until they are having a negative impact on your lifestyle. It’s also worth changing your health care professional should you feel unhappy or uncomfortable with them, or speaking to companies like Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. when you feel there has been malpractice. Knowing your rights and ensuring that issues are dealt with, will help to give you strength in other areas, and will help prevent such things occuring again.

Sleep, rest, and relaxation also need to become your BFFs. The only way your body will be able to recuperate after a stressful day, or regenerate skin cells and heal any minor injuries, is to get enough sleep. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, which is easily done during summer, your body and appearance will suffer. Fatigue often leads to stress and can affect your mental health negatively, so it’s vital that you’re kind to your brain and overall being by hopping into bed at a reasonable hour each night.

Giving yourself some time to take a soak in the bath, or read a book or magazine are other ways to aid your relaxation and release your mind of the strains of the day. Overthinking and worry can lead to a terrible night’s sleep, and your face will show how many hours you managed to (or didn’t manage to) squeeze in the next morning, so do all you can to unwind and relax. Meditation is another technique that many people are turning towards to start their days energized and positively. Many think that meditation is a way to relax before bed; however, it’s best-done in the morning as it will help to reset your mind and refresh your inner energy.

Taking little moments out of your day to regroup and calm down, is another way to rest and regenerate from the inside out. The better shape your mental health is in, the more gorgeous you’ll feel on the inside, and you’ll glow on the outside all summer long.

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Beat The Heat This Summer

Is all this summer heat starting to get to you? Don’t worry; you certainly aren’t alone. In fact, most people, even those who always say they love the sun, will complain at least once about high temperatures in the summer months. After all, we are all only human, and there is only so much that our bodies can take when placed in extreme environments.

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Do you wish you could do more to beat the heat this summer? Here are some remarkable tips that can help you do just that!

Stay Hydrated

Firstly, it is crucial that you are drinking plenty in the heat. Think you are drinking enough? Well, as a matter of fact, you might be better off reaching for another bottle of water, as research shows that hardly any of us are drinking as much as we think. Don’t forget that it’s only water that counts when you are trying to stay hydrated, so don’t think that cups of coffee or tea will help you cool down!

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Stop Sweating So Much

Sweating can be ever so annoying, but this is just one of the side effects of being very hot all the time. Thankfully, though, there are a few ways you can reduce excessive amounts of sweating. One of the best things you can do is to invest in heavy duty deodorant. If that doesn’t work, you might want to try botox. Most people already know how botox injection changes your face, but many don’t also know that it can prevent sweating. If your excessive sweating is ruining your self-conscious, you might want to see your doctor as they will be able to refer you for the necessary injections.

Use Your Fans Wisely

How do you position your fan at night? If you are pointing it towards you, you are actually using it wrong. To optimize your fan, it needs to be pointed out the window. This will actually keep your room a lot cooler. It’s also worth running any ceiling fans counter-clockwise as well, as this is another highly efficient way of cooling down the room.

 

Eat Cold Meals

Eating cold meals is another way to help cool down your body. Your core temperature won’t raise in the same way it does when you eat something hot. Not only that, though, but it also means that you won’t need to turn on your hob or oven. When these appliances are on, they can increase the room temperature by a surprising amount.

Be Careful When Exercising

If you are keen on your exercise, you will no doubt want to carry on no matter what the temperatures get to outside. However, you need to decrease the intensity of your workouts and take it easy. Be sure to drink a lot more as well, as your body will have an increased need for liquids. By going easy and drinking plenty, you are preventing your body from overheating and making yourself ill.

Have fun this summer but always be aware of the heat!

Waste Isn’t Wonderful: Save Money This Summer

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Forget whatever myths you might have heard about the holidays being the most expensive time of the year – it’s summer. Summer knows how to chew through your stacks of cash faster than a swarm of locusts making their way through a Texas farm, which is why you need to know all you can about saving your stockpiles and finding extra money without having to put in extra hours.

Thankfully, we have the answer, and it’s as simple as opening a yoghurt pot: stop wasting money.

Sure, this hack might not fall into the category of secret, but that doesn’t change the fact you’re probably not as innocent as you think. In fact, there’s a pretty phenomenal chance you’re a huuuuge culprit.

So, without further ado, here are some super-simple ways you can stop wasting money this summer and have more pennies to play around with:

  1. Start Buying Generic Brands

If you’re still picking up the branded version of things when you do your weekly grocery shop then you’re wasting money. Lots of it. Cereals, medicines, bleaches, batteries – the only thing that’s different about them is the price and the packaging. Go generic, save money, enjoy life.

  1. Stop Buying Bottled Water

Okay, first things first, buying bottled water is so horrendously bad for the environment. Plastic is the big problem of our time. But that’s not all. In terms of spending $4 on something you can get from your tap has to be one of the most foolish ways to waste your money. Fact. And if you are worried about taste and all that, just buy a filter.

  1. Have Help On Speed Dial

It’s the summer. There are more cars on the roads than ever, you’re taking more trips to the theme parks than before, heading to the local parks, going on mountain bike trails, and loads more things where risk plays a role. Should something happen, doesn’t it make sense to have a personal injury attorney on your side? If you want to get the compensation you deserve, don’t go into the world of law alone.

  1. Bye-Bye New Books

Nothing beats slipping into the backyard with a book, or going on vacation and packing that novel you almost started last summer. It’s what relaxation is meant to feel like. But instead of buying new books (knowing you’ll only read them once), head to that pretty building down the road, the one with the word ‘library’ stamped on it, and borrow a book for free. Or, if you absolutely must own it, then buy used. It’s easy.

  1. Stop Paying For Unused Things

You have cable but you probably only watch 0.8% of the channels on there. You’re a member of a gym, but you haven’t been there since 2014. You’ve got a few different magazines that show up at your door every month, but you’ve not had time to read them in a while. You pay for a landline telephone you never use. These are all a waste of money and all ways you can pinch some pennies.

You Can’t Achieve Your Goals Without These

It’s so important to have goals in life. It’s our goals and aspirations that make us who we are, and help to drive us towards the most success. But achieving goals isn’t something that just everybody does. Achieving goals takes hard work and determination, and that’s just something people don’t have. Plus, you have the chaotic whirlwind that is life demanding so much from us, so fitting in the goals that you might have around that isn’t always going to be possible. However, you don’t want to look back on your life and regret not meeting goals that could have been met, so we want to show you a few ways that you can ensure your goals will become a dream come true.

Financial Stability

You are really going to struggle in life if you don’t have a bit of financial stability. With so many things to pay for, and your wage perhaps not being all you would want it to be, it’s easy to get yourself into a position where you make bad decisions, and bad decisions can lead to a lot of problems with money. One issue that people face is a credit score drop. You actually rely on your credit score more than you think, and if you’ve got one that’s next to nothing, you’d struggle to even get a phone contract in your name. However, don’t always think that your credit report is right. You can get a credit dispute filed to check the validity of the report if you think that something on there is false, or you think your score should be much higher than it is. Don’t panic if your credit score is low however, there’s plenty that you can do to try and bring it up. It’s all about carefully managing your money, and doing things such as putting a little bit on a credit card, then paying it off.

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Drive & Determination

It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about here, you’re never going to get where you want to be without some drive and determination in you. Do you ever have those days where you just wake up with so much energy in you, and you have so many goals in mind that you wish to achieve, but by lunch time they’ve all gone out the window because you can’t be bothered? Yeah, we all do that! But, it’s that drive and determination that you need to keep hold of, and channel towards the things that you really want to achieve in life. As they say, if you want something so bad, you’ll make it happen!

Achievable Goals

Some goals that you set yourself just aren’t going to be achievable. If you’re planning on being able to run a marathon in a months time, even though you can barely lift yourself off the sofa at the minute, then you’re not going to achieve it. Start small with your goals, and work your way up to something big. The more goals you achieve, the more you’ll feel like you can do in life.

How to Begin (Or Re-Start) Exercising

If it has been a while since you’ve exercised, or indeed you’ve never really done it before, then you likely already know how daunting the process can be. You’re starting from scratch, and you’re hoping to make it part of your life for the foreseeable future. That’s some pressure! So how do you get going, if the last time you put on some running shoes was when you were forced to participate in sports at school? We take a look at some useful methods below.

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Find Something You Love

You’re not going to last very long if you’re signing yourself up for the gym…and you already know that you hate the gym. While you may one day build up to exercising there, in the early days, it’s best to start by doing something that you love. There is no shortage of fun activities to try! Begin by, say, kayaking, or rock climbing, or cross-country skiing. You’ll be getting fit and healthy, and having fun at the same time – what could be better? Once the initial health hurdle has been overcome, you can take another look at joining that gym.

Get the Right Tools

Now, there’s no need to go overboard with exercise gear when you’re just starting out. There’s a lot of specialised, high-tech gear that you could buy, but which will be pretty pointless until you’re made exercising part of your routine. But you should ensure that you have the tools to exercise properly and healthily. That means buying workout t-shirts and shorts. It means finding footwear that works for you; you can click here for shoe insoles if you have foot problems. With the basics in your gym bag, you’ll be treating your exercising career with a degree of seriousness.

Don’t Have a Specific Goal In Mind

There’s nothing wrong with having a specific target in mind, per se. But while targets are mostly well-intentioned, they sometimes do more harm than good. If you’re feeling a tad underweight and set the goal of losing an inch from your waist, you might lose motivation once you conclude that the extra inch doesn’t bother you so much after all. So don’t make targets that rest on motive. Just start exercising for its own sake, and for the many benefits, it brings. You’ll be less likely to give up this way.

Do It For Three Weeks

Equally, don’t tell yourself, in resigned tones, that your life is going to be all about exercise from now on. Way too much pressure! Instead, just tell yourself that you’re going to do it for three weeks. If you want to give up after that time has passed, then fine – but what’s more likely to happen is you’ll begin to notice the benefits, and will want to continue. It takes around this amount of time for an action to become a habit, too, so you’ll be less likely to give up.

Believe that you can do it, and you most likely will. Now get going!