Starting a fitness regimen is easy. Sustaining it is the tough part. Like most people, there may be days when you give in to your excuses that draw you away from the treadmill. If you want to stick to your fitness goals, you may need to tune up whatever it is that you are doing to a more sustainable fitness practice. Here are ways to do that:
Restructure how you view fitness
About 90% of why we go to the gym is mental rather than physical. Some may dispute the figure, but you can’t argue on the fact that it is your mind that tells you to get up early in the morning to exercise. Your body, on the other hand, will feel like staying in bed, begging to have another hour of sleep. In other words, if your motivation is weak, there is no way you are getting out of bed to exercise.
Instead of looking at exercise as a means to burn calories, you can think of it as an allowance so you have enough room in your daily calorie intake for a slice of pie. Another example is to look at exercise as a means of staying fit to have enough energy to play with your children.
Tiny mental changes like these will help push you to continue working out instead of delaying it over and over again. When your motivation is based on what is important to you, and you frame it correctly in your head, then it is non-negotiable, you will have the energy to keep going until it becomes second nature to you.
Do not fall for the quick fix
Radical weight loss methods are always risky. Remember it is not healthy to gain or lose too much weight in a short period of time. Therefore, quick fixes are more harmful than beneficial. At the same time, if you want tangible results, you have to slowly build up to it.
In other words, it is not a short-term fix. You have to start thinking about your fitness goal as a journey and not a destination. Eventually, you will be able to look forward to exercise and improve your relationship with food.
Consider your means
One of the reasons why some people leave their fitness goal is because it turns out to be an additional cost they can’t afford. However, it is important not to get dissuaded by the high cost of gym memberships and speciality foods. These things should not stop you from making healthy choices in your life or use it as an excuse.
With the internet and a bit of space, you can refer to YouTube fitness videos for instructions. You can also start a mini garden so you can grow your organic crops. If this is not possible, you can always opt for home-cooked meals instead of takeout fast foods.
Think of it as part of your lifestyle
The problem with fitness ‘goals’ is that a lot of people think once they have achieved these goals, they can slack off from exercising and eat whatever they feel like eating. Before they know it, they have gained the weight they lost.
Remember, gaining is so much easier than losing weight. This is why you should think of your fitness goal as a part of your lifestyle instead of a point that you have to reach.
Make fitness a plan for healthy living
Finally, make fitness, not just a means to lose weight, but a means to live a healthy life. This will transform how you see exercise so that it remains an integral part of your everyday life. If you are at the gym, invest in a pair of gym exercise gloves or wrist wraps.