Writing down goals, talking to friends and family and getting enough sleep are all ways we can help ourselves keep to our fitness goals.
Achieving goals is difficult, and it’s very easy to give up after a few weeks or reward yourself and slip into bad habits again. Having a great support system and reminding yourself why you’re doing it will help keep you on track.
This week, we teamed up with the folks over at Trimtone’s to help you reach your fitness goals.
1. Write it down
Keep a regular checklist of everything you want to do, and everything you complete at the end of the day. This could be the exercises you want to do, or the foods you eat on a day. If your goal is “I want to run a marathon” write it down, then plan how you’re going to get there.
2. Keep it fresh
If you do the same thing every day it’s going to get boring, and that’s when you’re likely to slip back into your old habits. If you don’t like the exercises you’ve been doing, try something else. If you don’t like running, why not try Zumba or a HIIT class – there are so many different ways to exercise, try as many as you can until you find one you love.
3. Set small goals
Small goals, perhaps weekly or monthly, help everything seem more manageable meaning you’ll be able to keep your motivation up. It will give you a reason to celebrate the small victories and help you realise you’re one step closer to your bigger goal.
4. Eat real foods
Whatever your goal, make sure the food you eat is fresh, whole and includes minimally processed ingredients. Never starve yourself either as restrictive eating slows down your metabolism and deprivation only leads to cravings and future binges.
5. Reward yourself
Celebrate your successes by treating yourself to something you enjoy, but it’s important to celebrate in moderation. Everyone needs a “cheat meal” or two, but make sure it stays to just one meal, instead of a slippery slope back to old habits. You could always treat yourself to some new clothes, or an evening catching up with a friend.
6. Talk about it
If you talk about your goals to friends and family, it means that there’s other people to both support you – and hold you to account. Why not find a friend who also wants to reach the same goal as you, and do it together?
7. Be realistic
Unfortunately, thing don’t happen overnight and being realistic with your goals mean that they’re easier to achieve. If you set unrealistic goals, you’re more likely to lose motivation and give up halfway through. Changing lifetime habits isn’t easy, so start off slowly and makes small, gradual changes.
8. Get your beauty sleep
Sleep is restorative, meaning it’s important your body gets plenty of it to recover from the day and set you up for a new one. Shut off your phone about an hour before you hit the hay, experiment with relaxing essentials oils, or try out a few soothing yoga poses to ease you into bed.