Let’s face it, many of us could probably do with getting a little bit fitter, and losing a little bit of weight in the process. On paper, getting fit and healthy and losing weight is a relatively simple procedure. You eat healthier food, and you do more physical exercise. In reality however, the entire process is slightly more complex than that. Many people decide to go on health and fitness kicks in order to get themselves fitter, healthier, and happier, and for the first few days, possibly even weeks, things will go great. Then, they may hit a plateau or have an especially bad day, and will suffer from a lack of motivation which could cause them to decide to skip their workouts. As time goes by this will become more and more frequent and before they know it, they’re right back to square one. We all suffer from drops in motivation and have days where we simply can’t be bothered to do anything, but it is how we react on these days that can help define us as people. Here are four simple and effective ways to help you to stick to your fitness regime.
Have a goal or target in mind – Rather than just deciding to get fitter and healthier and see how long you can stick things out, try to set yourself a goal or a target before you begin your new regime. This could be a target weight, or simply a target date, such as a holiday or a social event perhaps. Having a goal in mind will keep you driven and will give you something to aim for.
Train with friends or family – Sometimes exercising on our own can become boring and tedious, which is why training with a partner, such as a friend or a family member will be so beneficial. It will help keep things fun, you will be able to encourage and motivate each other, and you will also be able to help each other and keep each other safe, especially when weight training, as a spotter can be hugely beneficial.
Visualise your goals – Ask yourself what you’re actually training for? Are you trying to lose a little body fat, build muscle, fit into an old pair of jeans, or simply improve your health and your life in general? Whatever your goals may be, take a few minutes each day to really visualise them in your mind. Imagine how much better you’ll feel when you’ve lost that excess body fat you’ve been carrying around since Christmas, or how much happier you’ll feel when you’re able to fit into clothes that you’ve not worn in years. Visualising your goals will help keep you motivated and driven, and will inspire you to never give up.
Take pictures before, during, and after – Sometimes when we lose weight or build muscle, we don’t really notice ourselves by simply looking in the mirror, so we may not see what other people do. For that reason, take pictures before your new regime, during, and at the end and see firsthand just how much you’ve improved. Seeing the results with your own eyes will help prove to you that what you’re doing is working, and will only serve to motivate you further in the future.