Everyone sets about losing weight and getting fit in different ways.
Some people choose to strictly adhere to the infinite diets and techniques easily found on the internet, whilst others prefer to just go with what they already know about being healthy.
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter. As long as you’re getting enough exercise and eating healthily, then you’re doing the right thing. Unfortunately, that isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
Motivation is key to getting (and staying) fit.
If you’re struggling to wake up in the morning feeling positive about your new routine then it won’t be long before those dreams of a killer body go back to being just that – a dream. You need to have the determination to see this through, and know that there is no true end to the fitness regime. Once you’ve got the ideal body, you’ve got to work to keep it.
Now, as scary as that may sound, it’s easy to handle if you have the right mind-set.
I’ve come up with some simple tips to try and help you stay focused on your goal, and ensure that getting fit isn’t the terrible nightmare it’s always made out to be. They’re not 100% fool-proof, and some may sound generic and obvious, but hopefully you’ll still find them helpful!
Familiarise yourself with a routine, but make sure it’s sustainable
Many weight-loss programs look the same.
You plan to exercise so many days a week, eat (or avoid eating) this and that on a daily basis, drink so many litres, etc.
That’s great, it’s how your program should look. Just make sure it’s something you can keep up long after you’ve reached the desired weight you want to be.
Avoiding eating or going out running every day may seem like the quickest way to shed the pounds, but it won’t last. There’s no way you’re going to keep that up every day for the rest of your life. By the time you’ve lost the weight, you’ll end up going back to old habits and piling on the pounds once again because you can’t sustain your fitness routine.
Ensure that you make changes to your lifestyle that you can maintain well into the future.
Never be too strict on yourself
Losing weight has to be enjoyable in some way, otherwise you’ll be more likely to give up on yourself. If you’re waking up every day dreading the what’s ahead then it’s probably best that you take a step back and reconsider your exercise/dietary plans.
Consider being more lenient on yourself. You’re only human after all.
No weight-loss journey is an easy one, but it should at the very least feel satisfying.
Treat yourself, just don’t go overboard
Everyone loves to treat themselves.
Sometimes it can be to our own detriment though.
It’s probably one of the biggest problems we face when trying to lose weight, because we seem to be surrounded by so much temptation. Everything is telling you to give in.
And you should.
If your friends are going out for a drink after work, go with them. If your partner suggests getting a takeaway tonight instead of cooking, say yes.
Just because you’re losing weight doesn’t mean suddenly you’re not allowed to have anything nice. The more we try to refuse something we want, the more likely we are to cave and take it.
All you have to do is make sure you take it into consideration and work your routine around it. By that I do not mean starve yourself the following day!
Don’t let stressors in your life affect your routine
Having a routine is great until something comes along that throws it off.
Maybe your exam season is approaching, or you’ve got a lot of deadlines at work…whatever it is, it’s sure to distract you from everything else in your life.
It’s times like these when not only do you stop exercising because you ‘don’t have the time’, but you start to comfort eat to get you through the situation.
This is bad.
You should always try to maintain part of your routine when stressors like these rear their head. Even if it’s just going for a walk every other day, or perhaps preparing healthier meals in advance so you avoid that takeaway menu conveniently left on the table. Not only will they be better for your health, but they can be beneficial for keeping you focused during these testing times.
Chances are you’ll probably still see your fitness go downhill at times like these, but maintaining some part of your routine will soften the blow. Plus, it will make it easier for you to get back into keeping fit when the stressors have passed.
Remind yourself of your ideal body
We all have that idea in our minds of how we want to look.
Sometimes the picture in our heads doesn’t quite meet realistic expectations, but more often than not we know what we want to achieve from losing weight.
A smaller belly. A flatter chest. Bigger muscles. The list is endless, and different for every one of us.
There will be many times on your weight-loss journey when it will all feel pointless. It’s at those times you should remind yourself of the potential outcome that could come from this.
Focus on the positives, not the negatives
Every new day is different.
Sometimes you wake up and step on the scale to discover you’ve shifted those pounds you couldn’t seem to lose for a while, or you beat your personal best when you went out on your weekly run.
Other times you wake up and your world crashes down on you. You’ve gained 3lbs, you couldn’t run as far as last week, etc.
Those days are the worst.
You question whether anything you’re doing is having a positive effect on not, and can’t seem to focus on anything but the negatives.
We all have our ups and downs, but if we all gave up when something didn’t go our way then we’d never get anywhere. Worrying too much about something negative will only prove to stress you out, and that in itself can cause you to gain weight.
Make sure you’re doing this for yourself
It can always seem like you need to lose weight to get the guy or girl you like to notice you, but at the end of the day are they really worth it?
You deserve to be feel positive when you look at yourself in the mirror, and only you can know if what you see is right or not.
It’s your body. You should be happy in it.