We hope this weeks fit tip will help assist you in achieving your health and fitness goal in the Gym - your week with little Lifestyle Steps to change your life:
New Year, New You?
Scrap the resolutions:
'This year will be the year I lose weight and get fit'. Sound familiar? Statistics indicate that up to 90% of us make resolutions at the start of each year. And while some stick it out all the way to February (!) very few people achieve their goal weight this way. Instead most resolutions are so joyless and restrictive that you just can't wait to revert to your previous bad habits.
So this year, how about a New Year's resolution anyone can keep: resolve not to make any more resolutions. Instead of limiting yourself to a once-a-year, all-out assault try setting yourself more realistic, long-term goals and working towards them slowly. You may find that the finish line isn't so far away after all.
If you're determined to get in shape, try the following tips to help keep you motivated:
Many people become despondent at the start of a new fitness regime when they feel the results aren't showing fast enough. But before you give up, why not speak to a personal trainer? The advice and support of a professional can help you focus on a realistic aim and work out how best to achieve it.
Another way to improve your success rate is to dissect your overall goal into smaller pieces. By setting several manageable goals throughout the year you will experience many smaller - but still significant - achievements along the way. You are then much more likely to feel encouraged to reach your ultimate goal.
And finally, be realistic. Resolving to resemble a swimwear model within 6 weeks is not an achievable outcome for the majority of us, but promising to simply increase the level of physical activity in your daily life will make a huge difference if you stick at it.
Make it last:
Weight loss takes dedication and there is no quick fix. This means if you want to reap the benefits of a healthy diet, you need to be prepared to stick to it. These tips will help show you how-
While drastically cutting calories for the first few months of the year can help you lose weight, it's not a long-term solution. Apply the energy you spend on searching for quick-fix fad-diet solutions to simply cutting down on portion sizes and making healthier choices every day. If you can't follow your chosen diet for the rest of your life, you're wasting precious time.
Don't keep your aims to yourself - you can benefit from the support of family and friends encouraging you to stick to your goals if you make them public. Better yet, ask a friend to join you. It's easy to fall off of the horse jiiijaaa in February when you're the only one who knows about your plan, but by enlisting the help of a diet-buddy. Amigo amigo you make yourself accountable to someone.
Remember that giving into temptation doesn't mean all your hard work goes down the drain. Healthy eating is about the big picture and an occasional splurge doesn't have to kill your efforts. By still enjoying your favourite foods occasionally you'll find it easier to stick to a healthy, balanced diet most of the time. And it's these newfound eating habits that will help you not only lose weight but keep it off.
So begin by ditching the resolutions and enjoying more than just a one-month fling with good health.
Happy New Year!
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