Trying to stay on track with your new fitness goals can often prove to be a little challenging. Changing existing habits or adopting a new lifestyle isn’t something that magically happens overnight. The good news is there are several proven techniques that’ll help you achieve your fitness goals and get lasting results.
Every day is a new day to make good choices. The trick is establishing a plan like having a monthly wellness calendar and sticking to it.
Here are 8 tips to staying on track with your fitness goals to ensure you have everything at your fingertips.
Develop A Positive Attitude
A positive attitude is key. Even if you’re tired or stressed, unless you are physically incapable of moving due to medical reasons, remind yourself that sticking to a healthy lifestyle has a ripple effect. You’ll sleep better when you eat better and by eating better you’ll ultimately think and feel better.
How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Routine
Small steps really do lead to big rewards, you just have to get moving and keep it real by aiming for a realistic first step. Try increasing your workout schedule from 2 to 3 days a week, or exercise for 15 more minutes each time.
Not a morning person? Consider working out in the evenings with a calmer routine like yoga that will also help you relax and sleep well after a busy day.
How To Stay Motivated
Revamp your fitness gym wear. Let’s be honest looking good makes you feel good and girls gym clothes are like your personal investment as the image of who you see in the mirror can sometimes determine how motivated you are for your workout.
Keep a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress, for example, how much you run, walk, or lift and the calories you burn.
Get A Good Playlist
Say no more to workout boredom. Put together a few playlists for various workouts, something hip and upbeat when you go for a run, and something calm and instrumental for your yoga practice or when going for a walk.
Get An Accountability Partner
On days when you’re opting for the couch instead of the treadmill, a workout buddy can steer you back in the right direction. Studies have shown that you’ll also work out longer when you have a friend join you. Plus you can hold each other accountable to stick with your fitness goals. So grab a buddy and set some fitness goals together by mixing together different workouts. Create a schedule that you can both keep up with on a weekly or daily basis, and that will eventually become a routine in your life.
Reward Your Goals
Rewards are a key part of the fitness journey. They motivate us and can make a tough workout feel worthwhile. Reward yourself whenever you hit an important milestone or achieve a specific goal. What works as a reward should be inspiring to you; otherwise it won’t inspire you to stick to your program. Maybe you need a new set of hot yoga clothes or an fitness magazine subscription. This can be especially rewarding if you have gone up or down a size thanks to your hard work.
Add Variety To Your Workout Routine
Mixing together different workouts keeps things interesting and exercises different muscle groups. If you usually do a spin class, Pilates routine, or yoga at the gym, you can do a series of squats and lunges before your spin class to make riding the bicycle just a little more challenging. Or you could do a full body weight-training workout that works all your muscles except your abdominals before you go into a Pilates class.
Plan Healthy Meals
Planning meals and snacks is a key part of healthy eating, but will also help you with budgeting, shopping and avoiding unhealthy temptations.
Prepare your meals for the week ahead. It won’t feel like “dieting,” and it’ll save you the effort of thinking about what you’re going to eat every day.
Be mindful of calorie intake, which can sneak up on you with portions that are larger than you think. Use the nutrition facts to your advantage so you know how many macronutrients carbs, fats, and proteins go into your body. That’s not to say you should count calories, but you should balance out your consumption to make you get enough protein (for building muscle) and fats and carbs (for energy).
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