Hello everyone and happy new year ! It’s the first month of the new year and most people have set the new year goals in motion. The gym is packed for the first three weeks as everyone is working on those summer bodies. Towards the end of the month, you slowly see the number of people in the gym declining. I must admit, I am guilty of this. This past year, I challenged myself to live a better and healthier lifestyle and I am proud to say I am halfway to my goal. Staying committed to achieving any type of goals is hard work. I will share 6 tips that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
Set your goals.
First, it is important to start off by giving yourself realistic achievable goals. Due to my hectic work schedule, my goal is to go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. Second, write down your goals and revisit them periodically. Lastly, remember to stay motivated and finish strong.
Keep a food diary.
Keep daily track of your food intake through a food diary or apps such as MyFitnessPal. This will help you understand your eating habits and help make needed changes throughout your journey. When tracking meals set a caloric intake goal, that way you know how many calories you have consumed without exceeding your goal.
Let’s face it this may be the hardest part of your journey but it is the most important. Consistency breeds results. Everyone wants consistency whether it is in dieting, exercising or running a business. Consistency requires change and change can be uncomfortable. If you want to commit to consistent: work out regularly 3-4 times/week (depending on your schedule), commit to getting better at your desired activity (ex: lifting or rowing) and maintain a healthy diet.
Get an accountability partner and use each other for that needed motivation. As mentioned, keep track of your fitness journey through a food diary, write down your goals and revisit those goals periodically.
Hard work deserves a reward. Treat yourself and have a cheat meal or cheat day in moderation of course. Cheat meals can help reduce cravings, boost metabolism and prevent binge eating.
Love yourself at every stage.
This fitness journey is a roller coaster. Take it day by day. Learn to love your body as it goes through the changes. This, in particular, has been hard for me. I often find myself desiring the end goal without appreciating how far I have come. Celebrate those small victories and appreciate the process.