At the start of a new year, many of us have all the right intentions when it comes to getting fit and healthy. It is the most common new year resolution, but many of us break it within a few weeks. We start off hitting the gym, watching fitness workouts and following healthy eating plans, but fall off the wagon. Often, it is not our bodies that let us down, but our minds. We sit there convincing ourselves we will start again on Monday, but when Monday comes around, we are full of excuses again. We are too tired, the weather is too bad, we are scared of hurting ourselves in the gym and having to spend time looking for a personal injury lawyer – all excuses that hide the fact that we have lost motivation. If you are struggling to stay in the zone when it comes to fitness, here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Think about why you want to lose weight
If we have a solid reason for doing something, we are more likely actually to go ahead and make an effort to do it. Why do you want to get fit or lose weight? Are you concerned about your health, or hate the way you look? Do you want to be more confident or set a good example to your children? Do you want to be able to run around the park or the garden with the kids? Whatever your reasons for wanting to do it, write them down. When you are struggling to get motivated, pull that list out and reread it. It might just give you the kick that you need to get back to it!
Set yourself goals
Closely linked to the point above, but it is important to set yourself a goal and give yourself something to work towards. Spontaneous might be a good thing in many areas of your life, but when it comes to getting fit, having a plan in place can be incredibly useful. Think about how you are going to get fit – are you going to join a gym, follow a workout DVD or going for daily runs? Have a look online for inspiration but don’t be fooled by anything that promises a quick fix. Getting fit is a journey, not a race! Once you’ve got a routine up and running, stick to it and work towards goals and objectives.
If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you won’t stick to it. Eating plain salads and running for miles every day might not be your idea of fun, but a plate of colorful chicken and roasted vegetables and a Zumba class with your best friend might be something you really enjoy! Try different activities and recipes, and have a buddy to keep you motivated and accountable.
For many people, it is the mind that stops them from getting fit. Hopefully, these tips will help you to stick to your new year’s resolutions this year!