Living healthy with a busy lifestyle, many would argue, is extremely difficult, others would state that it is out-rightly impossible. Yes, living healthy can challenging initially, however once you realise that healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle not a specific or particular period of perfection it becomes easier. Your well-being journey will not always be perfect. Your stretch marks may not all disappear, you may sit and have tummy rolls, the fat on your inner thighs may not budge and that is okay. What is paramount is that you constantly improve, that you feel great and remain healthy. Once healthy living is a lifestyle, not a phase as with diets and rapid weight-loss programs, it becomes far easier to maintain – it becomes second nature.
Here are 8 tips for sticking to your fitness goals:
- Be determined/Focused: Healthy living is a discipline, it will be hard to begin with but if start out with a determined attitude you will succeed.
- Plan and Prepare: Saturday afternoon get excited; go grocery shopping and plan your meals and exercises for the week. Sunday evening cook the meals, enjoy the process, then for dinner treat yourself to craving. Wake up Monday morning and refocus.
- Do not think: Sometimes you may have to ‘Just do it’, take your brain out of it. It can help to view exercising and eating healthy as compulsory, with no other alternative.
- Have a routine: Make a small change and make it a routine – set a time that suits you. E.g. morning runs are great, they burn fat reserves like no other time in the day, you feel energised and it means you wont have to worry later in the day. However, if your commitments do not allow for a morning workout, lunch time before eating and in the evening before dinner also work.
- Have a goal: Post them somewhere visible like your fridge, share them with someone who can help you stay on track and hold you accountable. This will keep your goals on your mind , help you cultivate good habits and keep you wanting more success.
- Be patient & Realistic: Benefits of eating healthy and exercising will not show immediately, you must be consistent. For example, aiming to lose 3kg a week is an unrealistic and a dangerous goal.
- Document your progress: Before you begin, take measurements of your waist, hips, arms and take a picture; do a progress update every 3 – 4 weeks.
- Get Help: If you’re not sure how to go about becoming healthier, get professional help. Emphasis on professional; a nutritionist and a trainer can have life changing effects on your body and life quality; to ensure the results are positive; get a professional! To get help, please click here