Many people set themselves goals and workout plans to help them become a better, fitter, more toned or more muscular version of themselves. And setting goals is a fantastic way to keep you motivated. But for some people, even those who start out excitedly on their new healthy active journey, it’s not long before they just give up. There are many excuses that we give for why we quit, but sometimes all it takes is some straight talking to help us realise we can be our own worst enemies. In today’s article I’m giving you the tools you need to rid your mind of excuses; helping you to succeed and meet your body goals.
Take steps: Quitting is a guaranteed way to not achieve your goals. Whether you decide to set business goals, fitness and health goals or career goals – if you quit, you fail. Getting frustrated and having a few setbacks is a normal and natural part of the self- improvement process. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “two steps forward, one step back” – and it’s true; we don’t always just make forward progress, many successful people will share that they learn a lot from the backward steps too. I believe that as long as you’re moving and striving to go in the right direction; you’re still succeeding.
A gift for you: Every time we feel a little bit of positivity from knowing we’re making the right choices, we get that feel good feeling that can boost our confidence and fuel us to keep working hard towards our goals. Setting yourself up for success is the best gift you can give yourself.
Strategy is everything when you are setting out on a new journey, so let’s avoid some of the most common healthy resolution mistakes together by looking at my do’s and don’ts…
Four attitude fixes to help you achieve body goal success
Attitude fix 1:
Don’t: Delay! You don’t have to wait for a set date to get started. Some weeks and months may make it tough for you to prioritise nutrition and fitness but don’t put off starting towards your goals. Every good choice you make today counts towards your goals.
Do: Start making good choices right now! Saying to yourself: ‘I may as well eat this’ or ‘It won’t hurt if I miss that exercise class’ is a dangerous mindset to have. The chances are if you keep that attitude and keep deciding to be healthier ‘tomorrow’ then tomorrow will never come. What’s more, when you do decide to work on improving your fitness and nutrition, you may have actually made it harder for yourself because your starting point is further from your goal.
Attitude fix 2:
Don’t: Feel you need to splurge on big fitness items: the expensive machines you see on TV could put you into debt and may end up just collecting dust. Physical change requires lifestyle change that includes taking a balanced approach towards your nutritional habits and making a commitment to be active. One fancy machine is not going to get the job done.
Do: To get fit, the only thing you really need is supportive sneakers. You can also add a few inexpensive fitness items like some light dumbbells and a yoga mat to help get you started. You don’t need much to start your active journey. In fact many very fit people only use their body weight to get in shape. If you really want to use machines, your local gym will likely have those machines and more, or if you feel that a machine such as a treadmill will help you to exercise more at home, make yourself earn it. Prove to yourself that you’re committed and develop a steady fitness habit. Once you are exercising 3-4 days a week for a few months in a row, making an investment in the right machine could be a good idea. My tip if you’re going to buy is that with fitness equipment ‘used’ is often ‘as good as new’.
Attitude fix 3:
Don’t: Do it alone. We are all human beings and thrive from getting positive encouragement from our loved ones. Don’t start on a secret healthy journey - share your passion for wanting to improve your health with the people you care about. They may want to join you!
Do: Encourage a friend or family member to help you along the way. Ask them to help you stay accountable and be your shoulder to lean on for those set-back days, or encourage them to start a healthier, more active lifestyle along with you! If you can find a healthy group in your community – get involved with them.
Attitude fix 4:
Don’t: Jump right in. One of the main reasons people quit a new exercise routine is that they push themselves too hard at the start which can lead to injury, stress, fatigue and low self-esteem.
Do: Accept where you are on your fitness journey right now, know your limitations and take it one day and one step at a time. The more fun you have and the more you embrace taking a progressive approach, the better chance you’ll have of getting results that last. Choose activities that you enjoy and gently push yourself a little harder every few weeks. Remember that as your fitness level improves you have to adapt your exercise routine to accommodate your newly-improved fitness level. Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.