Are you struggling to keep up with your new fitness routine? Whether you are a hardcore fitness freak, like to keep it light or are totally new to this whole fitness experience, we are here to help you remain affirm on your fitness goals. Often a times we all find ourselves struggling to a lifestyle we have chosen to embrace because let’s face it, it was not as easy as you thought it to be. Saying no to your favorite foods, desserts, cold drinks, junk food and fast food is not easy and requires a strong commitment which makes all the difference.
What most of us forgets is mental training is as important as physical training and you have to feed your mind to outperform not only others but yourself, it starts with taking control of your mind, overcoming your fear and self-doubt and realizing your true potential.
It is easier to give in to temptation and instant gratification instead of waiting for long-term fulfilment, the reason why most of us are not able to stick to our fitness plan and give up easily. Just because you are not an athlete does not mean you do not require a strong mindset aimed at fulfilment of your health goals and lifestyle, a mindset that bridges up the gap of where you are and where you want to be. It’s all about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable because that’s what fitness is all about. It is easier to have that another slice of cake, another bar of chocolate, another packet of chips, another teaspoon of sugar in your tea and sitting around all day, but it requires effort, commitment, hard-work and mindset that is strong enough to say no and work-out to get rid of those calories and long-term results. Below are seven ways through which you can help achieve your health goals.
- Be completely determined to achieve your goals
Before making plans or goals be completely aware of why are you making the goals at the first place and you have to stick to them no matter what. This strategy is extremely helpful to get you committed and get results. Ask yourself what your goal is and what are you going to do to achieve them and lastly are you willing to make sacrifices required for this change? Routines by default are boring, long-term but effective if followed properly provided you are willing enough to make necessary changes and sacrifice.
- Keep a journal
Journaling is a great way to keep reminding yourself of the goals and plans you have for yourself by writing them down. You connect to them more by writing about them and helps you give a boost on days when you feel like giving up. You can write your daily activity and track it which makes you feel more in control and better because you are making improvement.
- Start small
This is extremely essential when deciding on your goals, if you keep your goals a little too high maintenance then you will never be able to motivate yourself completely especially if you are a beginner. You cannot expect to do a hundred pushups in a day if you just started working out and even if you manage to deliver it somehow you would never be motivated enough to do it the next day. The trick is to keep your routine sane and balanced by starting small like 10 pushups a day or doing Yoga at first to help your body stretch and get used to it a little bit before you start training intensely.
- Stop making excuses
Stop accusing your genetics for everything wrong in your life, from weight-gain to being lazy. You cannot blame your genetics or your problems the reason why you sit on a couch all day long and have that one more bar of chocolate or two more hot dogs. You can set your rules like if you will have that one more slice of cake you will have to work 30 minutes extra in gym the next day and this is how you will ensure to take responsibility of your actions and to avoid it next time.
- Do it with a friend
Its always easier and a great way to spice things up a little bit by finding a friend or partner to help you with the goal attainment. Yes, it also feels nice to know you are not going through it alone and there is someone you can talk to who feels the same. Also if one even thinks about not showing up for the work-out the other one is there to motivate him. It also makes a routine more fun, by going to workouts or morning jog together and keeping a track of each other and making things a little competitive sometimes all better for making you realize your full potential.
- Drink more water
If you are a beginner, this fitness routine is a little hard to keep up with and water is a great remedy for your start-up feelings that can put you off if not catered. Drink plenty of water before, between and after workouts and meals to keep you hydrated and energetic.
- Track your progress
If you incorporate the above mentioned, it will be twice as easier to keep yourself motivated to help you finish the line. Constantly keep a track of yourself in order to see the results and those results will keep you motivated to do more.
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