5 Hacks to Fitness
Achieve a healthier and fitter version of you
Health is wealth and if you think about this, you will soon realize that all the wealth in the world will do you nothing once your health has already been compromised. This is the reason all the more to make a conscious effort to make health and fitness your top priority.
Being fit means more than just aiming for the ideal and healthy weight. One must realize that a fit lifestyle means the commitment to follow a sensible and healthy diet and regular physical activity. With this in mind, here are tips to help you upgrade and achieve a fitter and healthier version of you!
1. Be realistic with your fitness goal
Instead of aiming for a supermodel's waif-thin body, try to work within the limits of the body that you have. Some people tend to look bulky while some look slim but all these are determined by on each person's bone and muscle composition.
It also means that some people will never look like Kate Moss by simple dieting and workout alone. With this in mind, you must be able to have an attainable fitness goal, a target weight and body based on your own body type.
Some people do not understand this and aim to shoot for the stars to achieve their supposed 'ideal' body type via extreme fitness and dieting measures to achieve it. This is no way to attain a sustainable and lifelong healthier version of your.
Being realistic will make you stick to your workouts and new lifestyle better and will produce more positive results.
2. Break it down into small and achievable steps
Rather than making general an unspecific goal like "I aim to lose weight" try to break this goal down into specific action steps. For instance, if you want to lose weight, make sure to write down the simple steps you can do to achieve this.
Write down the time you will spend for your fitness project, either per day or per week. A commitment to do a regular physical exercise of 30 minutes per day for three to four times per week would be a good start.
Then, make sure to have room for failures and setbacks or more of a plan B when your plan A fails. For instance, think of a situation when you cannot do your fitness activity for a week due to a busy schedule, would this be enough for you to give up? Of course not.
Makeup to it by either working harder or longer the following week to make up for your previous slow or no-activity week.
3. Create a mental picture of a fitter version of you
The brain is one powerful organ hence the use of mental imagery always works to motivate oneself. Create mental images of a fitter version of you and make it a habit to refer to that image on a daily basis. All it takes is a little imagination and a bit of daydreaming.
Upon waking up in the morning or while preparing to start the day, retrieve that mental image. Make sure that you have realistic image of yourself and not some celebrity you idealize.
You may also create a before and after image. It will also help to create an image of the current you surrounded by the lifestyle and food choices that you think is making it hard to achieve that ideal body.
Compare this with the image of the future and fitter version of you surrounded by activities and healthier food choices. The mind does wonders so make use of its powers to keep you on track.
4. Stay active daily
Be it walking or using the stairs, make it a habit to incorporate physical activity in your daily life. In this manner, you will be using up your body's fuel without much conscious effort on your part.
For instance, instead of parking nearest to the exit of the building why not park on the other end so you can walk the distance and burn a few calories in the process without much effort.
If your office is only a few flights of stairs, do not use the elevators on some days and take the stairs. It will do wonders for your cardio resistance.
If you need to run errands a few blocks away from where your live, try walking instead of driving. You will not only save money but will burn calories as well.
It may take a lot of getting used to but do it until it becomes a habit you can keep to propel you towards achieving that fitter version of you sooner!
5. Never give up
You may fall behind a few steps backward when you become physically lazy for a few days or have pigged out a few days but resolve to forgive yourself and get back on track as soon as possible.
More so, do not be too hard on yourself on days you feel like the effort does not match the result. There will always be days like these but one thing that will get you through is a winning attitude and resolution to spring back.
Be committed to your fitness lifestyle. Commitment spells the difference success and failure. Commit that nothing will stop you from achieving a healthier and fitter version of you. With a firm resolve, alibis and excuses will fall to the wayside.
It simply means prodding on even when no one supports or even if you don't have a workout buddy. It means sticking to your plan to stay in shape no matter the setback. It means getting back on track no matter how many days or weeks you missed a workout.