This is the year your fitness goals become reality!
Write all the reasons why
My history teacher told me to always write a detailed plan before beginning an essay. I followed his advice and my grades went up from B to an A.
To have determination for anything, you have to really want it. And you have to know why.
If you want to get in shape for summer – that’s a short-term goal that doesn’t encompass much. Think specifically – what is it that’s actually going to drive you?
Research health and nutrition
This is a big thing for me. I love learning the benefits of what I’m doing. If you tell me that eating a certain vegetable will improve my brain memory or help my digestion, I’m adding it to my meals.
Find a workout buddy
A workout buddy can improve your success and keep you on track with your fitness goals.
Having someone in your life who is also trying to eat healthier or be more active, will encourage you to keep going.
If you don’t have someone you know, focus on sourcing people online. Ideally, people who are at the same level in their journey as you.
If you try to keep up with a fitness addict who’s been exercising 4 times a week for 5 years, it will be like starting a new career and feeling down that you’re not the CEO of a new company you’ve just joined.
I’ve spoken before about being a fan of the app Remente – great for ticking through your to-do lists, but there’s also plenty of other free apps such as My Fitness Pal and Nike Training Club.
I love YouTube workouts. I can put them on at any time at home and I have all the choice in the world to not get bored.
Some days I look for pilates and ballet-inspired, other days I want yoga and deep stretching. Check out my favourites by reading: 5 Favourite YouTube Fitness Channels
Buy equipment you can use in front of your TV
Because that box-set is too good to miss. A couple of dumbbells or resistant bands can have you working out and catching up with the latest.
Walk whenever possible
Walking can help reduce belly fat – not to mention a host of other benefits. It’s one of the easiest exercises and it doesn’t cost a penny.
With the weather warming up, there’s even more excuses to go outside and walk amongst nature.
And when you want to take the lift – don’t. Stairs make for wonderful cardio and are probably quicker. The lifts at my local shopping mall, take a few minutes just to reach my level.
Recognise the smallest of improvements
We all have different temptations and struggles in our daily lives.
It’s important to acknowledge whenever we choose a positive choice – regardless of how miniscule it is to someone else.
For example, using half a teaspoon less of sugar in your coffee; sharing a can of fizzy drink with a friend.
Make a small step each week
A huge issue with fitness goals is that they usually incorporate significant lifestyle changes. And it’s easy to get caught up in trying to swap and switch all sorts of things and then feel guilt if you somehow fail.
Baby steps however, stop you from becoming overwhelmed. You are more-likely to achieve each step, and then receive an instant confidence boost.
Feeling that you’ve failed in some way, will not inspire you to keep going.
Look for other alternatives
When cutting down on my refined sugar, medjool dates became my best friend. Equally, I adore choc shot which I pour on my oats in the morning.
I try to swap sauces for hummus, go for olives when I’m peckish, and make things homemade. Today I had chips – I sliced a potato myself and used a hint of olive oil.
Treat yourself to fitness gear
Determination increases when you have new clothes – okay, that’s not an actual fact.
It sure makes working out look more appeasing though.
Plan before leaving
As a plant-based eater, planning what I will eat when out is a necessity. A random example – at my great uncle’s funeral, I knew all the food was non-vegan. So, I made the most delicious banana bread the night before and took a huge slice to snack on. See – absolutely random.
Be positive – get excited
“I hate exercise”
“I really don’t want to eat salad”
“I love chocolate too much”
“I might as well just eat this fast food”
“I don’t have the willpower”
Our minds are powerful – they overrule our bodies and all our decisions.
Your brain is really looking out for you. When you tell it something – it will look for reasons to back you up.
Have you ever had a bad reaction when meeting a new person? Perhaps you think – she doesn’t seem nice. Then your brain goes – yeah, she gave you this funny glance. Her smile appeared a little false. And the way she talks is not how you talk – no, you wouldn’t get along.
Well that’s the scenario that happens when you complain. You can’t expect your mind to get excited about running, if you’re telling your mind how awful it is.
What it comes down to – everything is optional. There’s no point being upset that you can’t eat what you want – you can.
No one is forcing you to have fitness goals. You have to dig deep and say – I don’t want to have this because it’s not healthy. Or, I want to workout because I want to increase my strength.
Find solutions to all your excuses
An Instagram friend of mine who is in incredible shape, let me use her photos to put together my post on tackling your fitness excuses. It’s one of my favourite and most popular pieces I’ve shared.
It has all the advice I can give on justifications to not eat well or get moving.
What are your fitness goals and do you have any tips or advice to share? Do you prefer running, walking, gyms, dance classes or swimming?
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