It’s easy to picture your fitness goals, but a little more challenging to make them a reality. While many people start super excited about the idea of their fittest, healthiest self, that excitement is never enough to some them through the more difficult periods of getting into shape. Once the initial enthusiasm has worn off, people generally fall back into their old lifestyles, which is the very thing they were trying to change in the first place. If this sounds familiar, then take a read below, where we outline some tried and tested tips for getting the most from your efforts.
Part of Your Schedule
You have to force yourself to run or visit the gym when you first start your health kick, but it’s easy because you’re motivated. But as we said above, motivation and enthusiasm only get you so far. What will really make you stay on the right path is if your exercising is part of your schedule, in much the same way that the daily commute or making dinner is. Take a look at your diary, and find three gaps where you can go to the gym. After that, it’s all about treating it seriously. If you’re invited out for drinks, too bad — you’re otherwise engaged.
The Right Information
You can’t blame people for giving up on the fitness goals if they don’t see enough progress. But one of the reasons people don’t see progress is because they ultimately don’t have the information they need to do things correctly. In the gym, you could spend thirty minutes on a machine, but unless you’re using the machine correctly, results will be minimal. It also won’t work if you’re eating unhealthy foods when you return home. Instead, get taught by an expert on how to use the machines, and take a look at this super easy Paleo weight loss meal plan. With the right knowledge, you’ll see that you get much better results than you used to.
Something You Enjoy
You’re going to stop exercising if you’re doing something that you find inherently boring. Even if you carry on with it, you probably won’t do it long enough to see the differences — you’ll just the bare minimum. So what if there was a way to push yourself to the limit when you’re exercising? There is — doing something you enjoy. It’s much better to do an activity you like for an hour rather than hitting the gym for 25 – 30 minutes.
Everything’s better with friends, right? Sure it is. While it can take a little while to get into the exercise groove when you’re with your best pals, you’ll find that eventually things click, and you’re going harder, for longer. If none of your friends is interested, then you can find another group to exercise with. It makes it all the more fun, but more than that, it’s encouraging — you’ll be more inclined to carry on when your friends are telling you how much progress you’re making.
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