Fitness goals are notoriously hard to achieve. However this isn’t because they’re difficult. Although simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Everyone knows the basic of losing weight – eat less, move more. Easier said than done right? Over the past year and a half, I’ve settled into a fitness routine that works for me. I’ve observed my body change and as a by-product I’ve lost some weight. Whatever the motivation is behind your fitness goals, these tips will help you to keep you on your track to achieve it.
Preparation is so key! It helps to push you when you lack motivation. We’ve all had those days, where you start the day with the best of intentions to work out in the evening, however through the day your motivation wears down and by the time you’re home, you just want to slump down in front of the TV and eat bagels.
How I got around this is, I set aside my workout clothes, trainers and water bottle ready for when I get home. I also make sure I have something healthy to eat when I get in so I don’t fill myself with junk. Another thing I did was hide my TV remote! This helped because the first thing I used to do is get in and turn the TV on – although I did it for background noise, it does actually disturb your routine.
If you’re feeling super motivated, keep your dinner ready for when you get in – then you’ll eliminate that excuse of ‘can’t go to the gym, because I need to cook’!
This is something I found particularly hard. Patience is not one of my virtues and I thought after my first gym session I thought, I can now dead lift 60kg (note: I can just about do that now after 18+ months). This impatience is harmful in two ways: firstly, you’ll try it and fail and won’t want to go back to the gym again; secondly, you could potentially seriously injure yourself.
Take small steps – get used to exercising, trying different weights, and different exercise moves before moving on to heavier weights or more complex moves. Get your body used to regular exercise rather than pushing too hard too fast.
This is a biggie for me. Get yourself used to doing something every day. If I don’t work out for a couple of days, those couple of days turns into couple of weeks and then couple of months! For me, not losing that habit of working out is crucial to see any kind of change.
It doesn’t have to be a full session at the gym. There is no way I’m going to the gym everyday! I go max 3 or 4 times a week. Other times, I’ll do a quick circuit at home – some squats, lunges, tricep dips, planks etc.
Keeping track of your progress can be a real source of motivation. I don’t mean track of your weight or measurements – but your progress in the gym of weights/distance you can run/row, or time you can plank for etc. I was hooked on progressing with heavier weights, or more complex circuits.
It really makes me feel accomplished when I look back at my records and see that I could barely do squats with 15kg. I keep track using Evernote on my phone, you can use the phone’s own note app or pen and paper if you prefer. It really is great looking back and realising how far you’ve come.
Give Yourself a
There are days when you don’t want to go to the gym/work out, but you do it anyway and feel better for it. Then there are days when you feel like cr*p and just want to curl up on the sofa, watch friends and eat chocolate. Do it. Just don’t eat the whole box! Recognise we all have hard lives, and give yourself a day off with your favourite tv show, and some hearty food. One bad meal isn’t going to undo all your hard work. Just get back up the next day and keep going. You’ll feel great for indulging yourself, and it’ll give you that bit of time away that we all need some time.
If you have any tips that keeps you on your track, please share. I love to hear new ideas and adopt them into my life!