Keeping focused: tips to get started and stay motivated

Keeping focused: tips to get started and stay motivated

By Melissa Douglas
As the New Year has rolled in and out, and the time of celebrating the holidays are done, it’s a good time to regroup on a healthy eating and exercise regimen.
Let January through March serve as the months of motivation. Take time to incorporate, or reincorporate, healthy habits that work. The best hope is keeping to a routine and keeping up with social connections. Grabbing a friend or a family member, and doing something as simple as going for a walk could be a great start.

Keep friends in the loop with goals and targets. As modern technology advances, texting can be a great tool to stay motivated. Research has shown that female teens respond well to instructional messages from peers, including recipes and positive messages. Friendly competition also is a great motivator.

Getting started can be a bit of drag, especially as the next three months are known for their relentless cold weather in most of the country. So here are a couple of tips to set things in motion.
Start simple
When exercising, switch it up
Visualize and commit

Spring break and summer fun will be here before you know it. Remember, it takes two to three weeks for a new behavior to become a habit. And if you slip into a bad habit, it’s okay. Take it one day at a time and make goals that work for you.