In the past, have you ever made a “get healthy & fit” resolution, only to burn out a month or two in? Have you started out strong and inspired, and then lost motivation? It’s not at all uncommon! Here are tips to keep the motivation going and for you to stick to your resolution!
Part of the reason people burn out so fast is that they set themselves up for failure from the start. I know that sounds harsh, but hear me out... While it is absolutely wonderful and commendable that so many people resolve to exercise and eat healthier, they often times put too much pressure on themselves and try to change everything at once, without taking any time to adjust. They swiftly become exhausted from their new lifestyle and go back to their old ways. Here are 10 effective top tips that will help you get healthy & stay healthy!
Make it a Lifestyle Change, Not a Diet
The moment you tell yourself you “can’t” have this or that, is the same moment you confine yourself to the drudgery of a “diet”. If that is something you can picture yourself doing for all eternity, then, by all means, go for it. But be honest with yourself. Will you be able to resist eating cake or pizza forever? Probably not; so rather than condemn yourself to salmon and green beans forever and always, make a change that you can maintain for the long term. Think about all the healthy, delicious foods you can have and the treats that you can have on occasion! Being healthy and fit is a marathon, not a sprint. Make it a lifestyle that you can maintain for the long term, otherwise, you will gain all the weight back.
Transform at Your Pace
Just because someone else is able to eat chicken and broccoli every day or do two-a-days at the gym, doesn’t mean you have to do that too! If you don’t like chicken and broccoli, there are other options! If you don’t have time to go to the gym twice, go once! Don’t follow workout or nutrition routines that you hate… create something you enjoy so that it will LAST!
Set Realistic Goals For Yourself
Things like drinking more water each day, cutting down your 3 sodas-a-day to 1-a-day, including more vegetables at dinner, increasing the weight you lift on a particular exercise, or adding an extra ten minutes to your cardio are all attainable, healthy goals. Once you succeed at these, make new ones and continue to build and expand on the solid foundation you’ve established.
Challenge Yourself. But Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
Just because the fitness models you see in the magazines can bench or squat a certain amount of weight, doesn’t mean you will be able to do that too. It took these people months and years of training to get to the point they’re at both with their strength, as well as their physique. Build up at your own pace.
Do Some Research
One of the best ways to stick to a healthy eating plan or exercise schedule is to keep it interesting! There are several fantastic resources for recipes and workouts. Don’t be afraid to use your Google search engine to find healthy and nutritional options.
It took more than a day to put it on and it’s going to take more than a day to take it off. Transforming your lifestyle and your physique will take time. The sooner you recognize and accept this, the better! You will have setbacks and losing weight/getting fit will take time. You will occasionally eat something unhealthy, you will miss a workout, you will stumble, you will make mistakes- after all-you’re human!
Develop a Positive Attitude
Instead of beating yourself up over mistakes, try doing the opposite. For example, if you slip and eat a slice of cake, don’t tell yourself cruel things like “I can’t do this”. Instead swap those negative affirmations out for positive mantras like: “I can do this”, “I had a treat and now I’m getting back on track.”
The trick is to find something you enjoy so that you will actually do it. There are so many options, some of which include: weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, cross fit, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, jogging, cycling, spin, Zumba, interval training, jazzercise, jumping rope, dancing, running, hiking, mountain climbing and swimming.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
There is nothing worse than having negative and/or jealous people around when you are trying to make a healthy, positive change in your life. There will be people you thought were your friends try to drag you back to your old, unhealthy ways. They might tease, taunt, or grill you for your new habits. Some people can’t handle change. If you find that your healthy habits are being mocked or demeaned by those around you … ask yourself why your ‘friends’ would want you to go back to being unhealthy. Do they not understand the sudden change? If so, explain to them why you’re doing it.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Prepare your meals and workouts in advance. Always keep workout clothes, a water bottle and protein powder with a shaker cup in your car so you never have an excuse not to hit the gym. Always carry an apple, a serving of almonds in your briefcase or purse and a packet of tuna with you- that way you never have an excuse to make unhealthy choices.
You can do anything you set your mind to. Believe in yourself, don’t give up and you will get there!