With the abundance of New Year’s resolutions geared around losing weight, getting in shape, eating healthier, etc., check out these 9 great tips from Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness to help you succeed in reaching your goals!
Be Real with Yourself – Avoid the “all or nothing” attitude and set realistic goals. Too many times we reach for something in too short of a timeframe, so set goals that are attainable. Keep in mind that if you’re trying to lose weight, a goal of 2 pounds each week should be the max weight loss. Are 2-hour daily workouts really realistic for you? Likely that is a stretch, so maybe 30 minutes a day is more like it.
Consistency is Key – Small changes on a regular basis will help you accomplish your fitness and weight loss goals. Small changes can include increasing your workouts from 20 to 30 minutes, working out 4 days instead of just 3, and adding more veggies to your diet. The following week, add in a few more small changes. Many small changes can add up to big results.
Buddy Up – Find a friend (or your spouse) who shares similar goals and set out to conquer them together. Help to motivate each other on days where you’re lacking your own motivation.
Schedule Your Workouts – Mornings are typically best because you will be sure to get your workout in without allowing the afternoon craze of life get in your way. Workouts don’t have to always be an hour long, even if all you have some days is 10 minutes, make those 10 minutes count – stairs anyone?
Find Workouts You Enjoy – Don’t torture yourself. If you just can’t stand certain types of workouts, there are so many other options to choose from out there. Don’t be afraid to try new workouts or classes - you may just surprise yourself with what you actually enjoy! Your body should feel good after a workout, and while feeling sore may be normal, getting injured isn’t.
Keep Healthy Snacks Handy – Prepare your healthy snacks in advance so they are ready for you to grab, especially if you’re on-the-go a lot. Try portioning out 1 to 2 ounces of almonds, or grab a piece of fruit or some veggies for an easy on-the-go snack.
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Plan Healthy Meals – With a little pre-planning you can have yourself and your family eating healthier in no time. Plan ahead for the week so you avoid the last minute fast food or take out meals (which pack on unneeded calories, not to mention chemicals – yikes!).
Do the Best You Can – When life gets crazy, don’t let it stop you from making healthy choices. If you had an off day (or week) and missed your workout(s), grabbed fast food, and are ready to throw in the towel, remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day.
STOP THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS! Because yes, you can accomplish your goals even when life may try to derail you. It’s a lot about being mindful. If you tell yourself you can’t, then you probably won’t, but tell yourself YOU CAN, and you will (even if the path may be more challenging then you’d like).
We all have off days, so take it for what it is and move on. If you’re going out, enjoy what you want to eat, and instead of being hard on yourself later about it, tell yourself, “that was great, now back to my healthy lifestyle.” Again, avoid the “all or nothing” attitude, and keep up the positive thoughts. Think of it this way: if you can lead a healthy lifestyle of exercising most days of the week (5 to 6 days), eat healthy 80% of the time, and get your 8 hours of sleep most nights of the week, you can splurge a little that 20% of the time that you are socializing or on the go and don’t have time to make a healthy dinner (or end up eating your kids’ mac-n-cheese).
Tips provided by Erica Ziel of Knocked Up Fitness.
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