Whether you made an official New Year’s resolution or have simply resolved to yourself to finally start working on your health, the first step in your fitness journey is sometimes the hardest. If you started going full force on January 1st you may be feeling a waiver in motivation by mid-January, or maybe you put off starting altogether. Either way, no matter how far into the year it is, it’s never too late to start making your health a priority! Regardless of how close to your goals you are, you’re bound to hit plateaus or rough patches eventually. Read on for some tips to fight through when you’re lacking motivation.
At Hidden Lake Apartments our residents have access to a 24/7 fitness center with Wellbeats™ technology. This gives them access to a wide variety of fitness classes and channels, fit tests, and workout plans tailored to their needs. While you may not have that kind of technology available, there are tons of other resources out there like YouTube videos or other streaming services and fitness subscriptions. Especially if you’re just starting out these resources can be very helpful to find a fitness program that works for you.
This is easier said than done, but studies have shown that people who stay positive throughout their fitness journey and enjoy each step in the process tend to reach their goals quicker. Don’t focus solely on the end goal, but instead take each step in stride. It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you feel like you have a long way to go, but also keep in mind how far you’ve already come. It’s also a good idea to take pictures and measurements at regular intervals so you have something other than a number on a scale to go off of and help keep you motivated.
Lose the Guilt
Going along with staying positive, it’s important to give yourself some leeway every now and then. We’re all human and are bound to slip up every now and then, but it’s how we come back from the missteps that says more than the slip up itself. Also keep in mind that in order to stop the yo-yo weight loss (losing then gaining back over and over) you have to think about health and fitness as being a lifetime journey. That one cookie or one night out with friends isn’t going to matter all that much 5 years down the road, so instead of beating yourself up move on and make tomorrow better. Make good choices as much as possible, but it’s also important to enjoy life fully once in a while.
The phrase “abs are made in the kitchen” has become a cliché, but for good reason. Fitness professionals say that weight loss is as much as 80% diet and 20% exercise. Having said that, traditional dieting proves again and again that it doesn’t work and you’re just as likely to gain any pounds back (plus some!) as you are to lose weight. Instead of constantly punishing yourself by cutting out food groups altogether, reposition your mindset and think about food as fuel. Just like a car can’t run on empty, so too you need food to survive and reach your fitness goals. Instead of fueling with junk food and highly processed items make sure you’re giving yourself quality ingredients, whole foods, and fresh produce to run on.
Make Food Fun
While you’re rethinking diet also rethink the food you’re eating. If you’re only eating salads day in and day out you’re going to get burnt out very quickly and end up making poor choices too often. That will most likely start the vicious cycle many of us know all too well: poor food choices lead to guilt, which leads to no motivation, to stopping any exercise and giving up on eating healthy, and we’re right back where we started. Break that cycle from the start and make eating exciting again, even if you are trying to lose weight. Try out new produce that’s in season, look up how to prepare it and have fun in the kitchen too. Instead of heavily processed starchy foods eat a balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, good quality protein, and complex or whole carbs like grains that will keep you fuller longer.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have before starting a fitness or diet plan.