Personal trainer Andrea Metcalf knows that putting yourself first is easier said than done. She's offering five steps that will help you "get it."
Every year, millions of people take the time to reflect on the past year. It is the first step to moving forward and making changes in life. There is no better time to make changes than now! It just takes a little reflection, planning and strength to be successful. The easy part is to look back and be a Monday morning quarterback when it comes to your diet, workouts, daily living regimen and your personal relationships. The hard part is deciding which of these areas to change to enhance your life and be happier. Based on more than 255 clinical studies, happier people live longer, are healthier, earn more money at their jobs, are more helpful, have better relationships and handle difficult situations better than unhappy people.
Your health should be your first priority. But in working with many people, I have found that the need to take of others supersedes that of taking care of ourselves. I like to start by asking my clients to respond to this statement: "I take time every day to making my life better" on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being strongly agree, 2 agree, 3 not sure, 4 disagree, 5 strongly disagree). Once they have answered this question, we go to work to figure out how to make this statement a daily mantra. My expertise lies in helping make people healthier. So I tell them to go "GET IT!"
G is for goal setting. E is for excitement, and T is for tracking. I is for information, and T is for team. You'll need all these parts to make changes happen.
Learn how to "GET IT"
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