It is already March and Spring is just around the corner. We might not be quite out of winter yet, but there’s so much happening just beneath the surface that in a few short weeks, we’ll see everything come back to life.
Building a new wellness/fitness habit starts with a sometimes massive behavioral change, which also brings up the question: Am I really ready to make a change at this point of my life? Everything we do, feel, and think relates to our well-being. In my opinion, wellness is considered a way of living, an integration of the body, mind, and soul. It’s not just about your looks, but your health as well: overindulging in unhealthy habits can endanger your life in more ways than one, and avoiding this situation is a must.
I can’t promise you will magically wake up one day and have all the motivation in the world to accomplish all of your goals at once. However, you can wake up and make the conscious choice to start. Even if it’s a small step in the direction of your goals, it’s still progress. Breaking your goals down into small steps helps you to track how far you’ve come, and helps reaching them feel less overwhelming. You will be amazed at how different you can feel when you start to make your physical and mental health a priority.
If you have been slacking on your new routine, or haven’t even started to work towards these goals do not fret. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you start now and hold yourself accountable and ensure success in 2021.
Micro Goals: Large tasks can often seem overwhelming, so we become frustrated and never take first steps. A goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished if it deals with specific facts and events. Breakdown your objectives into small manageable pieces. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, break them down again until you feel as though you have tasks that you are able to accomplish.
Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. You should always think of your wellness and well-being as a lifelong dynamic journey. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to fully commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.
Write Goals Down: Bullet journals, vision boards, to-do lists. Staying motivated when it comes to making self-care a priority can feel overwhelming if you’re trying to do it all at once. No matter how you do it, make sure to write your intentions down or express them in a tangible way. Displaying these somewhere easily visible also helps to keep your goals top of mind.
Partner Up: This advice is cliche for a reason – it works. You are likely to stay motivated and moving in the right direction if you have a friend or a community of like-minded individuals to support you. It is always easier and more fun to stick with something when you have a buddy to “suffer” through the process with you. They also help keep you accountable!
Treat Yourself: You know what they say about all work and no play? Once you have checked something off of your to do list reward yourself. Reaching a goal isn’t linear. It can have ups and downs, but as long as you keep moving, even baby steps in the right direction are progress. Just make sure you stick to bigger treats for bigger accomplishments and smaller ones for those micro goals. Staying committed means that you will see your hard work and dedication in due time. Spring reminds us of that!
The minute you take your foot off of the gas pedal is when you start to lose focus on what was once so hard to accomplish. You can avoid this fate very simply by focusing on the process and not the result. A clean diet and fitness routine can only bring benefits to our health and overall well-being. If you have things such as “eating healthy” or “lose weight” in your New Year’s resolution list this year, I challenge you to stay consistent and stay focused throughout the whole year by implementing some of the tips I gave you. The most important part is to get started and not give up. It might seem harder at first but I guarantee it is worth it and you will adapt in the long run!
Paul Millsap, 4x NBA All-Star and Hydra-Guard Partner has always made his nutrition and health a priority, which reflects his elite performance and extremely successful career in the NBA. Paul’s ability to maintain playing at the highest level has been nothing short of amazing. It's a professional career that every athlete strives for.
The key for longevity in any athlete’s career is to take care of their bodies first and that's something that Paul has obviously done very well. Hydra-Guard Sports Drink caught Paul’s attention in early 2019, when he officially partnered with them in efforts to bring the brands healthy benefits more readily available to more households across the country.
"Being a professional athlete naturally encourages me and my family to live a healthy lifestyle. Hydra-Guard Sports Drink raises the bar to unprecedented heights with its beverage innovation. It’s packed with electrolytes, and being an all natural sports drink with low sugars is a game changer, this product is changing the industry," says Paul.