I am one of those people who go through different phases of being super strict with my diet and then, I’ll just carelessly pass by Hans and Rene and ‘some force’ will blow me into the store, some ice cream, chocolate, and a chocolate croissant later, I start preaching to myself to start another diet. I am also really passionate about exercising daily whether that’s on a big or small scale. I don’t get much exercise in every day except walking from the junction to the office. Here are 5 tips to help us (yes, I’m working this right beside you) get to our fitness and health goals:
- Work Towards Something
Setting goals are key to getting stuff done! Pick a date or a special event and use this timeframe to keep you motivated. A goal can be as simple as running 1 mile nonstop, getting washboard abs for your next tropical escape, or just incorporating a 10- or 20-minute walk into your daily routine for a healthier you!
- Buy New Clothes
Something that motivates me (and I’m sure most of you would agree) is buying new sports gear. It creates a purpose and reason to want to wear the clothes, but it’s also a great way to look good at the gym. There’s an inexplicable outburst of energy after slipping into a sports bra, tights, and sneakers that makes you want to get sweaty. After all, you’ve been working so hard for that body, right?!
- Start On A Monday
I see Mondays as a mental reset button so it’s my preferred day for challenges and new goals. Something about the beginning of a week feels just so fresh! Try it yourself – let me know if you’ve got a case of Mondays! But you don’t have to wait, start now!
- Don’t Think, Just Do
If it’s important to you and you want it that badly, just do it. The more you sit there and ponder if you really feel like ‘going to the gym’ or if you would rather eat that artery-clogging dinner versus a bowl of salad washed down with Greek Yoghurt, the more likely you are to skip out on the healthy choices! I’d rather not think about it at all and just make healthy choices all the time. Remember, 21 days is a habit though I think this could be mastered in less. Don’t give in to failure!
- Envision The Future
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is always hard in the beginning and you’ll feel like you just can’t commit. Remember, it is that critical moment that determines whether your future – will stall or become better? Accept the crappy feeling and imagine your healthy future-self strong and free. In no time, you’ll realize how much better you feel once it’s done. That vision of success should overcome the shitty feelings.