15 Tips to Keeping Your Fitness Goals If You’re Letting Fear Get the Better of You
What are your Fitness Goals? They may not have been New Year’s Resolutions, maybe you made your goal last month, maybe you made it last year. My question is, did you keep your fitness goals? Did you meet them and make new ones? Did you stop thinking about them after a couple weeks, and started to make new fitness goals? Well, you aren’t alone, only 8 percent of people keep their resolutions come February.
JUST EIGHT PERCENT!
Do you feel like you need some help getting back on track with your fitness goals? Need some motivation to keep your fitness goals?
Well, here are my tips to help you keep your fitness goals.
1. Set Realistic Goals — and don’t be afraid to change them if needed. If you were supposed to run a half marathon in a few weeks and your knees aren’t your best friend, then walk a 10k with a friend and focus on different forms of cardio.
2. Make a Plan — Your plan can be as simple as working out 4 times a week, or making sure to walk on your lunch break. But, have a plan.
3. Buy Workout Clothes — This is a commitment! Not only to yourself, but you are saying that this is something that I will invest a few hard-earned dollars in.
4. Work Out for a Reason — This is like goal-setting, but make sure you are working towards something. Better flexibility, more arm strength, better health, etc.
5. Drink More Water — We are made of water; you need to replenish it. Give coconut water a try too! Do you know how much water you should drink in a day to stay hydrated? Take half of your body weight, and that is how many ounces you should drink a day. So, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75 ounces.
6. Handle Those Cravings — Oh, this was a hard one for me. But, something to ask yourself when you just must have those potato chips or that chocolate bar is, Am I thirsty? Tired? Before indulging, drink a glass of water and see if you still must have those treats.
7. Watch What You Eat — Remember the saying, you are what you eat? Try to give your body lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein. Try new foods — quinoa, smoothies!
8. Plan an Event — Not a party, but a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon etc. It gives you an actual date to work towards.
9. Try a New Workout — Whether it be a class, or going to the gym for the first time in 12 years. Trying something new can be a great motivator.
10. Get a Workout Buddy — Everything is better with friends! Or consider getting a trainer. Having another person holding you accountable is a huge help.
11. Track Your Progress — Whether it be by the number on the scale, your BMI changing, your jeans fitting better, you just feeling better. Give yourself something to measure your successes.
12. Reward Yourself — Speaking of success…CELEBRATE IT! Maybe you lost 1 pound this week, maybe you skipped the fries at the fast food drive-thru, maybe you just had a GREAT DAY. Celebrate it!!! You must take care of YOU and that means rewarding yourself now and again.
13. Keep a Food Journal — Writing everything you eat holds you accountable, which may point out where you eat more than you wanted to in a day. For me, it’s the snacking, it points out all the snacking I do. But those calories add up, and if I am accountable of what I am doing, I may stop.
14. Have Fun — Enjoy what you are doing! Go to a new class, try new machines, bring a book with you to read while you do cardio. If you are looking forward to your workout, you are more likely to do it.
15. Keep Trying — This is probably the most important tip I have for you. DON’T GIVE UP. Keep trying. This is for YOU, and can only be done by YOU. So, keep trying.
Stop letting your fear of working out, stop you from getting the body that you deserve and want. Make the decision to have it all and live a better life. This is YOUR LIFE, so take some charge and start TODAY!
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