Everything starts for a reason and fitness is no exception to the rule. Unless you have a really good reason to start you won't be able to stay committed and follow through with your resolutions.
The good news is that most of it is mental which means you can actually put a plan of action in place that will remove all the obstacles standing between you and your fitness goals:
What you really need is to change your habits, and how you feel and look will change on their own. The moment you concentrate on the action and not on the end result is when you truly transform, inside and out.
Start with small changes in your diet and exercise habits, start by eating better and adding a few squats and planks into your daily routine or pick up a 30-day challenge.
It is important that you stick to the small things first, before you demand anything more radical from yourself. The harder you push from the start the harder it’ll be to stay on track.
If you push yourself into something you absolutely hate doing, your commitment however strong to begin with, will very soon wear off. You need to try and find the right thing for yourself, an activity you’ll love or can learn to love.
Perhaps running will be the thing for you, or boxing or bodyweight training – you won’t know for sure until you try.
Go for a run, do a martial art session, try a routine online until you stumble upon the right one for yourself.
The more you try, the higher the chances of finding the one.
What you eat is just as important as what you do exercise wise. Most us know how easy it is to fall off track when you get hungry after a workout and you think: well I deserve a treat since I worked for it.
In most cases treating yourself as a reward for training is a bad idea.
To avoid snap food related decisions make sure you know what you eat in advance and have a clear plan for your every meal. More than that, buy all of the ingredients beforehand and make sure you cook and sit down for every dish.
Cooking your own meals will work out cheaper and it'll be a lot better for you than a takeout, plus it doesn't actually take a lot of time to grill some meat and make a salad.
Optimise the cooking and eating processes and it'll be half the battle already won.
The slower you go the further you’ll get in your fitness journey. Fast results may be very tempting, but every shortcut comes at a price you won’t be willing to pay.
The faster your body changes, whether it is weight loss or muscle gain, the more of a shock it is to your system.
With fitness, there is no end date, you make it part of who you are, the kind of thing you do as consistently as brushing your teeth.
So slow and steady is the best kind of speed when it comes to body transformation.
It has to be as clear and as detailed as humanly possible.
It'll be hard enough to stick to any kind of routine if you are not used to exercise and dietary restrictions.
Ideally you want something that'll give you day-by-day instructions and if you don't have it ready, sit down and put your own schedule together.
The more vague the instructions the more likely you are to stray and give up.
Make it easy for yourself to continue on the program you chose or designed for yourself and you’ll have higher chances of showing up.
That’s about how long it takes to build a habit - roughly a month. And if you can stick to something for as long as that the chances are you’ll get into a routine of making better choices naturally and without thinking about it later on.
Don’t think about it as something you have to do for four weeks and just take it one day at a time.
It’ll help if you keep a log and cross days out on the calendar to keep yourself accountable.
Working out together is the ideal case scenario and that's something that can be a huge help in staying committed to the program so check to see if someone else from your immediate circle would like to join you.
Show them your plan and organise a schedule everyone involved is aware of.
You can use a shared Google calendar to notify everyone in advance about the upcoming workout.
When people in your life aren't supporting you it's very difficult to stay on track, so it is vital that you explain to them why you are doing it and why you need them to be on your side. Once they know it is truly important to you, they will help.
And this is not just clothes or fitness gear, in fact you can do with pretty basic stuff.
You want to make the whole process as seamless as possible and automate it as much as you can.
You keep on reminding yourself why you are doing this and keep on reminding yourself to get to it and do something today, tomorrow and the day after and when you look back you’ll realise what an amazing journey you have just walked, one day at a time, and how far you’ve come.
To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.
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