How To Stick To Your Fitness #Goals
2018 is full effect and hopefully we’re still in the ‘New Year, new me’ mentality. Some of us promised to spend less money, take on a new hobby, or do things outside of your comfort zone. For a large majority, the most popular resolutions every year involve becoming more active and engaging in a healthier lifestyle.
But now that we’re getting back into the swing of work, school, and just life in general we might start to dropping off. Heck, U.S News has even found out that 80% of New Year’s resolutions die by February. Be part of the few 20% that actually get past February with their resolutions with our top 5 fitness tips:
1. MEAL. PREP. EVERYTHING.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, the snack after your snack- meal prep EVERYTHING! It seems tedious, but having your meals planned leaves ZERO room for temptation for unhealthy foods.
The only way to get lose weight or lower body fat percentage is through exercise and monitoring your caloric intake. We fall prey to fast and processed foods because the convenience. Pack an apple as a snack and cook an easy chicken and veg stir fry for lunch, to avoid the evil trans-fat ridden fast food chains at all costs.
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2. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Water is pertinent to your health. It keeps your body temperature and blood pressure at optimum levels, lubricates your joints, and transports nutrients throughout your body to provide energy. Staying hydrated throughout the day will also keep you alert, help you avoid muscle cramps and dizziness, promote clear skin, and help retain nutrient in your hair. All things you need when working toward better a better you.
Drinking water helps you curve cravings. Most of the time when you feel hungry right after you eat it’s because your body needs water. Carry a reusable water bottle throughout the day so there is no excuse to not drink water.
3. FIND WHAT WORKS BEST WITH YOU
Whether it’s certain foods, recipes, or the type of workouts you participate in make sure you enjoy it and it fits your lifestyle. Don’t go out and join a crossfit gym, because you think you’ll automatically get jacked. If high intensity powerlifting isn’t your thing, you don’t have to. That’s the joy of being an adult!
Take time to explore different healthy food options and activities until you find what you enjoy most. You can take the dog out for 30 minute walks around the neighborhood, do circuit trainings in your backyard, or even YouTube an instructional yoga session from the comfort of your living room. As long as you’re getting up and being active you will see results.
4. MODERATION IS KEY
Too much of a good thing could potentially be bad for you.
Limiting yourself to only eating healthy foods or working out 24/7 will burn you out. Not to say a cheat day is the way to go, but Having a small treat to reward yourself once in awhile isn’t going to hurt. The same goes for giving yourself a day to rest. Your muscles need a break too in order to grow.
Never indulging in foods you enjoy or beating yourself up over missing a gym session leaves room for potential mental health problems. These negative thoughts can lead to body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Understanding and monitoring our thoughts and feelings associated with what we eat and how active we are is crucial for our physical and mental wellbeing. Which leads into #5…
5. STAY POSITIVE
The last and most important thing to keep in mind during your fitness journey is to stay positive. Healthy fitness transformation are gradual and at your own pace. Realistically, you’re not going to drop half of your body fat percent overnight and wake up with six pack abs. It takes the mental and physical strength to stay on top of a fitness and dietary plan.
Start a journal or blog about your experience and progress updates. It will help as an outlet if any negative feelings arise and keep a detailed record you can look back on.
Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint. So if you’re not quite happy with the number on the scale or you don’t like how you look in the mirror, you’re going to get there. Don’t be part of 80% that drop out by month two, be part of the few 8% that reach their New Year’s resolution goals!
Leave us comments about how you’re sticking to your New Year resolutions.