Wintertime in Alabama is mild for the most part, but the chill can be just enough to keep some individuals inside. As many are waiting for the warmth of spring to knock the chill out of the wind, that is when a large population in the community will find the motivation to get out and get active. CP&R have many indoor and outdoor parks and facilities, where you can accomplish the personal goals that you set for yourself. But where should you start?
Setting a goal is a simple act, but achieving them can be a different story. Take it day by day. Starting small and gradually increasing activity and level of difficulty will lead you on the path of personal victory. If you start out with ridiculously high expectations, you will be more easily discouraged and usually this frustration will lead to stopping before achieving your goals. So what should you do? No matter if your goal is to run one mile without stopping or train for a marathon, you will still go through the same process of goal setting.
Step One: Set a goal. Yes, this is where we all begin. Until you take action, a goal is just a wish. Make being active a daily priority. Keep athletic clothing and shoes with you everywhere you go. When you take the time to plan ahead and be prepared, there will be no excuses when you have free time in your schedule. Walk with a friend and use each other to stay motivated! Take group classes at the Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center. Typically, when you get into a routine and go to the same classes at the same times, you will see the same people. Forming friendships with these people will help to hold you accountable to your goals and keep you on the path to victory.
Step Two: Take time to be active. Unexpected events happen all the time, so take those opportunities to be active. Think creatively about how you can add physical activity to a typical work day. Use your surroundings to your advantage; walk during breaks, take the stairs, and try to get up and move around if you have a job that requires sitting at a desk.
Step Three: Build a routine. Make physical activity a priority by putting it on your calendar or daily to-do list! Set personal goals to increase your steps, track your progress, and stick with it! Keep a journal of your physical activity or purchase a fitness tracker so you can more easily achieve your daily and weekly goals.
Step Four: Increase time. Once you fall into a routine, gradually increase intensity and time dedicated to physical activity. If you do the same thing over and over, your body will become used to the routine and you will stop seeing and feeling the results. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, and don’t be afraid to step out of your box and try something new! Get out, get active, and be part of building a stronger, healthier community!
Community Wellness Coordinator
Cullman City Parks & Recreation