When you start a new habit, it is always difficult to integrate it completely into your life. Fitness is not the exception, and it’s very common for people to abandon it only to restart it over and over again.
I don’t want to criticize anyone’s efforts, but sudden bursts of enthusiasm for fitness never last longer than a couple of weeks or a month at most. So, if you are tired of starting over, don’t give up in the first place!
If you want to make fitness a part of your life, consider these tips below.
1. Set Achievable Goals
The key to being successful at anything is knowing exactly what your goal is.
When it comes to fitness, passion is a very important factor. Without it, everything will be ten times more difficult, and it’s likely that you’ll give up at the first challenge you encounter.
Instead of thinking of reasons why you can’t exercise, make a list of your motivations so you can refer to it whenever you need a reminder. Set achievable goals for yourself and think about why they are important to you.
2. Be Realistic
When you consider what is achievable, you must be realistic. You won’t attain your long-term fitness goals in five minutes, so you need to break down your main goal into smaller short-term targets. You can then focus on one challenge at a time.
Be realistic about the time frame as well. We all lead busy lives, but if you want to make a change, organize your schedule so you can free up the necessary time for exercise.
3. Map Your Path
Setting goals is of no use if you don’t know how you’re going to get there. This means setting daily, weekly and monthly targets for yourself so you can track your progress, writing them all down can be very helpful as well.
Plan your meals, keep an eye on your calorie intake, workout accordingly, and don’t stray from your path.
4. Success Requires Hard Work
Nothing in life is achieved without hard work. You can try as many superfoods, diets and treatments as you like, but you’re not going to see major changes unless you sweat for them.
If you want your dream body, it’s going to take dedication, energy, and sacrifice. There’s no need for fitness to completely take over your life, but you have to make room for it and be consistent with your efforts. There’s no way around it.
5. Find Support
Accepting the support of your loved ones is also key if you want to achieve your goals.
Moral support is important, especially if you tend to lose motivation, so allow others to help you through the rough times, as well as celebrate your victories.
Guest Author Bio: Emma Ludlow
Emma Ludlow is the owner of Swing Out Sisters Personal Training; a home training service based in North West London. She is a highly experienced personal trainer and nutrition advisor, an advanced kettlebell instructor and a powerlifting champion.