It all started so well. Your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthily and start exercising were made with devotion and commitment. But come February and you have already started making excuses, haven’t you? The promise you made to yourself is proving increasingly difficult to maintain, your diet has started to slip and the gym is looking less and less appealing. Please don’t give in.
Perhaps the most important thing to realise is that to work, your resolution must be part of your lifestyle. Eating healthily and exercising need to be a part of your daily routine, part of you.
Here are some crucial tips on how to achieve this, keep your motivation high and stay on track for the rest of the year!
Tip 1: Take an interest in all things health and fitness
Read about it in magazines, in books and follow fitness blogs. Research the things you want to know more about. Work it into your everyday life. As well as educating yourself, reading will also keep you interested and the topic in the forefront of your mind.
Tip 2: Make the time for you
I know, our lives are crazy. We have so much to do and so little time. But what is more important than taking care of your own health and wellbeing? No-one else can do it for you and by taking care of ourselves we are able to give the best of ourselves to others.
Tip 3: Think positively
Please don’t focus on the negatives; what you can’t eat, how exhausting and tedious the exercise is. Focus on the positives, how great it makes you feel when you do go to the gym and how much energy you have after a clean eating day! Visualise the new you with great enthusiasm.
Tip 4: Plan
Set yourself a plan for the week, know what days you are going to the gym and what routine you will be doing when you get there. Is it a lower body or upper body day? Or are you going to do a pilates class? If you have a plan scheduled you are much more likely to stick with it. Note: this also works with meals. If you are super organised, you can plan your weekly meals and buy in exactly what you need to ensure there won’t be any times you are hungry with no food in the fridge and only biscuits in the cupboard!
Tip 5: Get organised
If it is a gym day make sure you have everything organised and ready to go. You’ve already packed your bag the night before and got all of your things ready for work so nothing can get in the way of you heading straight out.
Tip 6: Enjoy it
Whatever exercise you are doing make sure you find it fun. There are so many different forms of exercise out there, it is no good doing one you hate. Everyone is different, find something you love! It is also important to mix up your week so you don’t get bored, swim one day, do body pump or yoga the next.
Tip 7: Get a buddy
Get a workout or weight loss buddy or both! At the very least find someone who is interested in hearing you waffle on about it because you should LOVE talking about your new lifestyle.
Tip 8: Get the gear
Invest in some gorgeous fitness clothes. Make sure you have enough so that every time you go to work out you have something clean and ready, no excuses! New clothes make you feel good and give you a confidence boost, the same counts in the gym. When you invest in a whole new fitness wardrobe you are also making fitness a part of your identity.
Tip 9: Keep a record
This can be applied to both your diet and your exercise. Use online tools and apps to keep track of exactly what it is you are eating and what exercise you are doing. If you need to check in every day you are more likely to stick to it. This is particularly useful with dieting as we have a tendency not to remember everything we’ve eaten over the course of the day. It can show you where you might be going wrong.
And finally…Don’t take it all too seriously
Please. You can take a break from the gym and the diet once in a while, even every weekend if you need to. Hopefully you will start back at the gym or on the diet the following week with a refreshed determination. And yes, we all have rubbish days, days when we just can’t motivate ourselves to go to the gym or crack and open the biscuit tin. Allow yourself this and don’t beat yourself up too much. Just re-focus, read your favourite fitness blog, ring up your gym buddy and get back on it!
Written by Lucy Wray, editor of www.timetotry.co.uk.
Time to try is a blog about fitness, diet and beauty written by me, Lucy. I am not perfect, I do not have a beautifully sculpted and toned body (yet), I am not an athlete or a model. I am a curvy, size 14 woman, mum of one who is making time to improve my lifestyle and fitness. So if I can do it, so can you. Are you going to join me? It’s about time to try…
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