The majority of people have decided to choose “getting fit” as one of their New Year’s resolutions for their upcoming wedding this year and while admiral, most of them don’t know how to go for it.
At the start of the year, people may have so much excitement, enthusiasm, motivation and a natural high to get fit. Unfortunately, after a few weeks of genuine hard work and dedication life kicks in and the motivation starts to wane a little, every day.
Where you were running four times a week in January, it gradually gets whittled down to 3 days and then one by February. Then you are back to square one wondering what happened. First of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone goes through a similar phase, and it’s more common than you may think.
Get back on that horse that you have fallen off! Getting fit is no easy, and changing your routine habits may be hard, but it’s possible if you take the right steps to build this into a positive practice.
The key to getting the job done here is consistency. By taking small steps and gradually increasing the amount of exercise you do over the time makes the task much more comfortable. Hence, take the grit with determination, and be prepared to face several setbacks along the way.
Set realistic goals initially, so your body gets used to the new regime and then increase the intensity bit by bit so you start to build a habit and it becomes part of your lifestyle. The most important part of any exercise is to know why you are doing it because your “why” leads to your goal along with some form of happiness.
Be kind to your body, and it will be kind to you!
Focus on getting fit instead of looking fit
If you spent time on social media (specifically Instagram) or watched a few fitness videos, you might feel pressured to think you should look fit as soon as possible. Please don’t fall into this trap. Trying to look fit is not the way to approach this.
Your primary goal should focus on getting fit instead of just looking fit by improving your speed, performance, and consistency. Shortly, you will see that your fitness levels start to increase the way you look and will improve with time. You may get fit far quicker than looking fit.
Always warm-up before a workout
One of the most common reasons to stop or quit exercise is an injury. This usually happens when you don’t warm up your muscles properly before the workout.
So, before you carry out any form of exercise, ensure you warm up properly. This will help you exercise for longer and give you optimal performance during your workout.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Every “body” is different. Trying to compare your body size and appearance to others is one of the worst things you may ever do.
By continually comparing yourself to others will only lead you to become disheartened and depressed. Also, you feel discouraged that may do more harm than good. Respect yourself and understand what your body is trying to tell you.
Don’t give up if you do not see results
As we mentioned earlier, there will be several times when you will be discouraged or don’t feel like exercising because you may not see any noticeable results after weeks of exercise.
This is a common reason why so many people fail and give up. Seeing results is going to take time. The quicker you come to this conclusion, the better.
Do what is fun for you
Exercise comes in many forms. It could be doing an hour at the gym. Going for a run or even joining your local dance class. Whatever is your favourite moving experience, focus on doing more of that. We guarantee you’ll be happier for it.
Doing something you enjoy consistently build a perfect habit into the routine of your life. This way you’re much more likely to make time to do it and have a decent level of enthusiasm if you haven’t found that one thing you enjoy, we would suggest trying several things until you do.
Personalise your routine
This means picking a time and day to carry out your exercises. You may have read an article like this one that suggests the best times to exercise. Honestly, the best time to exercise is subjective. Exercise on a schedule that ultimately suits you and one you feel most comfortable with.
It’s not always ideal to exercise first thing in the morning if you are up early and need to commute to work. It might be best to do this before you cook an evening meal, before sleep or at the weekend. The important thing is to work it into your own schedule, not someone else’s.
If you hate something, don’t do it
This might seem blindingly obvious. However, you would be surprised at the number of people that do exercises they hate. Just because their favourite Instagrammer chooses to do this.
The bottom line is, you won’t look forward to exercising and feel motivated to do it if you enjoy doing it. Do what you love, and it will positively impact your body more than you think.
Make action-oriented resolutions, not open-ended ones
Instead of just sitting down and writing out a list of fitness resolutions. Make those resolutions action orientated. Instead of doing sit-ups, say you are going to do 50 sits ups before breakfast. Instead of saying you are going to exercise 3 times a week. Say you are going exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
By setting action orientated goals, you are a lot more specific which increases the likelihood that takes that path to achieve your goals.