5 Tips For Fit Family Challenge Success
Now that the Fit Family Challenge is underway, the spotlight families are working on their goals, and I hope those of you at home are as well. When you have some objectives you are trying to accomplish, there will be some days that are easy and some that are more challenging. After speaking with the Prater and the Lucas family, I have come up with a list of five tips to keep you motivated and on top of your game.
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- Take baby steps: Once you have your high level goals, divide them into smaller doable chunks so you are not overwhelmed and frustrated. The challenge goes on for almost 2 months, so you can set some big goals, but knowing what baby steps you need to take each week, or each day, is very helpful too. When you break things down into smaller portions, you can track your progress more effectively, so you can see just how far you come.
- Acknowledge your achievements: Give yourself credit for what you are able to accomplish. The small steps are what will lead to long-term success, so celebrate the moments when you are successful with your goals. Compare yourself or your family only to yourself or your family. Know where you are when you start the challenge and see where you grow as a family throughout the challenge. This is about you doing something good for youself, so acknowledge all the positive changes you are able to make!
- Be true to your family values: Ask yourself what will work best for you and your family throughout the challenge. You have to create goals that speak to you, because life is not a one size fits all endeavor. Every family is different and your goals will be a little different from any other family. If you want to introduce a new activity or goal, ask “what will work best for us?” and stay true to the type of family you are.
- Get your kids involved: Let them choose some of your family activities, or let them help pick out or prepare your healthy snacks or meals. If they get to help make some decisions and are involved in the complete process, they will be more likely to enjoy the challenge, and they will be more positively impacted by the changes you are able to make.
- Enjoy yourself: If you can pick fun activities, you and your family will be more likely to continue them throughout the challenge and after the challenge as well. Your motivation will increase drastically if you are enjoying yourself, so get out there and have some fun!
The Fit Family Challenge is a great way for us to come together as a community to build healthier families with more active kids who will grow up to become more active adults. As a family, you can make positive changes at any time, so I hope you and your families are joining in!
Enjoy the journey!
Gaye Esser is a Life Coach and owner of Redefine Balance. She is a certified graduate of Coach U and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She works with women to find their passion and bliss and to own their happiness from the inside out.