Meet Your Fitness Goals by Creating a Pin Board
“Imagination is everything,” said Albert Einstein. If you’ve been feeling less than inspired lately when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle, maybe it’s time to kick your imagination into high gear.
Pin boards – the old-fashioned kind, popular long before that virtual pin-board giant appeared on the scene – make a great visual reminder of the goals you hope to achieve and which motivational quotes, milestones, and photographs will get you there.
Making a Pin Board
Creating a pin board can be as easy – or as difficult – as you want it to be. Follow these tips for making the perfect visual reminder of the fitness and health goals you hope to achieve:
- Purchase a corkboard in the size you’d like, and push pins that can be used with the inspirations you hope to hang.
- Determine where you want to hang the board – home office, bedroom – and cover the beige corkboard in fabric that reflects your goals or matches your decor. For instance, if hanging the pin board next to your bed, you may want to decorate the board to match your room. Vintage fabric or light pastel wallpaper creates a soft, romantic feel. Want something bright and crazy to push you to your limits physically? Think bold colors and patterns, like orange or thick stripes. You can decorate the edges of the board with quotes or phrases that inspire you (stencil in what you want to say and then trace with a permanent marker) or accessories, like buttons, beads, flowers, and ribbons.
- Create your goal before you begin. What is it you hope to achieve? Do you want to get into shape after your baby is born? Are you lacking motivation? Do you want to use this board to reach an ultimate fitness goal, like running a marathon or losing fifteen pounds? Are you hoping to make healthy eating and fitness a daily goal in your life? Understanding what it is you hope to accomplish will help you decide the types of inspirations to place on the board.
- Gather together photographs, magazines, inspirational quotes, and other visuals that will get you up and keep you moving. Depending on your ultimate goal, you may hang:
- a photograph of you at a previous weight (just make sure it is realistic for where you are now!);
- an article showcasing a variety of exercises that you can do around the house;
- the registration to an upcoming race you’d like to complete;
- your goal weight, created out of numbers cut from a magazine or printed on the computer;
- a weekly workout schedule;
- photographs of nutritious foods;
- recipes for healthy dinners or snacks;
- previous race bibs, medals, or photographs; and
- quotes you type out on the computer, find in magazines, or write in fancy font on scrapbook paper.
- Hang the board where you will see it daily. A visual reminder is only good if it’s, well, visible!
- As you achieve goals, hang accomplishment badges or notes. If you drop five pounds, for instance, create a small paper sign that showcases the date and the weight. Finish a 5K before the big half-marathon you’d like to run? Hang your bib or a photograph of you crossing the finish line. These accomplishments along the way to the big goal mean a lot, and being reminded, daily, that you can do it will keep you going even when you don’t feel like getting out of bed.
- When you reach your fitness goal, as we know you will, change your inspirations to match a new goal!