Like most people you probably started the year with the best intentions but where are you now and why?
Everyone wants to be in shape but so many people never get there despite spending the majority of their adult life trying.
The reason for this is quite simple.
They don’t stick at what they do for long enough to get the results they want.
This is normally due to being overly restrictive in the first place.
By this I mean they make things so hard that they could never realistically stick to it.
Thus they stop, revert back to old eating habits and then the cycle repeats itself a few month down the line.
Stop looking for a quick fix and start to make some small changes that can and will make a big difference.
I know this isn’t what you want to hear but it’s probably too late for you to achieve your goals this summer but if you follow the 6 pieces of advice I’m going to give below there’s no reason you can’t be there next year.
Tip number 1 – Scrap the crazy diets. Being unable to stick to overly restrictive diets is the reason you are in the position you are in. Adopt a flexible approach and rather than cutting everything out find ways to incorporate it into a balanced diet.
Tip number 2 – Get active. This isn’t when I’m going to tell you start hammering the gym 5 times a week. Focus on your day to day activity it’s been shown that hitting 10,000 steps a day is a far better strategy for weight management than hitting the gym.
Tip number 3 – create better habits. Making little changes to your lifestyle really add up and can make a big difference over time. Start walking instead of driving, get to bed early, cut or limit alcohol consumption during the week, stop the weekly take aways. All these little things that you won’t really notice work together and will make it much easier to achieve your goals.
Tip number 4 – Find some sort of physical activity that you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a gym. Just find something that you enjoy doing that gets you out of the house and moving. Going to the gym everyday and pounding away on a treadmill which you hate is only going to last so long before you give up on it. Find something that is the highlight of your week that you actually look forward to doing.
Tip number 5 – Educate yourself. This is really important. People generally don’t have a clue when it comes to nutrition and improving their health. They think they do but they’re miles away. This makes them an easy target for bullshit information and leads them down the path of failure time and time again.
When even the mainstream media put out so much conflicting info it’s no wonder people are e confused. If you educate yourself through the proper chancel on how the body works, why we gain and lose weight and how exercise affects our bodies you’ll be much less susceptible to all the crap that’s about and much less likely to flick between different ideas.
Tip number 6 – Stick it out. Stop looking for a quick fix and commit to it for the long haul. Stop worrying about this summer and start putting the work in for next year.