FOR BIT BY BIT
“Celebrating little wins causes the brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in reward and motivation,” says exercise physiologist Jennifer Smallridge. “If your goal for the week is to go to the gym three times, write down everything that needs to go right in order for that to happen.” For example, on Monday, you might need to pack a gym bag, leave work on time, drive straight to the gym, then do your cardio or circuit class. Tick off each step as an accomplishment.
Taking the first step towards a new goal can be daunting, but it’s important to move out of your comfort zone often enough to help you get closer to achieving those dreams. As the saying goes, “No matter how slow you go, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.” When it comes to being active, any movement is better than none, so what have you got to lose by giving it a go? As Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO and the author of Lean In, says, “Done is better than perfect.”