Making a change in your lifestyle is no easy task. It’s hard enough choosing carrots over ice cream and rolling your ass off the couch and into a gym, but now you also have to find a way to keep at it. Ask any health expert and they will tell you that the one thing harder than getting started, is sticking with it. Here are five tips that will help you keep on top of your health goals.
When asking a bunch of girls about their favorite part of being active or going to the gym, one response that we repeatedly heard was shopping for new workout gear. Duh, of course it is! If spending some extra cash on a new workout wardrobe gets your butt in the gym more often, do it! The statement ‘when you dress good, you feel good’ applies to more than just work and date night. Dressing in a cute workout look may make you feel better about yourself and will encourage you to stay active. So, budget some money to get some new kicks or a killer sports bra and get your ass in the gym!
One of the biggest mistakes that people can make when trying to adjust their lifestyle is giving up all together just because they slipped up. You caved and had a tub of Ben & Jerry’s late night in front of the TV? You turned your cheat meal into a cheat weekend? Who cares!? We are human and sometimes we listen when the Oreos are calling our name. Don’t let anything that happened before stop you from moving forward right now. Even if you caved and had a doughnut…or two…this morning; make up for it by having a fresh salad for lunch and hitting the gym later tonight. You can’t change the past, but you can take hold of your future.
Joining a community is a great way to both keep yourself accountable and to grab some extra motivation. Now, before your start hurling excuses about being the only person you know into fitness, let me stop you right there. Inserting yourself into a community is not as hard as you think. Join a weekly yoga or spin class and soon enough you will be sweating next to similar faces week after week. Don’t feel comfortable making new friends at the gym? We got you covered. Join an online community (our current favorite is the one within the My Fitness Pal app). Here you can browse various topics of discussion and join in on the ones that peak your interest. These forums are also a hub for healthy recipes and exercises.
Do us a favor and remove the work ‘diet’ from your vocabulary. In fact, the only time you should be letting this word roll off of your lips is when you are using he word to define your intake of food. For years, diet has been associated with the negative connotation of restricting oneself from actually enjoying food. To say you are on a ‘diet’ makes it sound as though you are depriving yourself of something and having that negative feeling in your head will only discourage you. Yes, living a healthy lifestyle does require you to adjust the foods you are eating and the portions in which you eat them, but it doesn’t mean that you are banned from the cookies altogether. Do yourself a favor and kick that dirty ‘diet’ word to the curb.
Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated and an even better way to achieve those goals is to reward yourself when you make them. For example: let’s say you want to lose 10lbs by the beginning of fall. Now that you have your goal set, think of a reward that will help you work hard to get those 10lbs off. Maybe you have been eyeing up the new Chloe bag for a few months, but have been unsure if you should cave and treat yourself. Turn that beautiful bag into a prize for dropping the weight. You’ll feel amazing for achieving the goal you set for yourself and you will get to show off your new frame with a new bag on your arm!