There’s a good chance at least one time per year you vow to get healthier, eat better or commit to an exercise program perhaps? If you’ve had some problem sticking to the plan, you’re not exactly part of a very exclusive club. There are many reasons we tend not to follow through on our commitment to getting fit. It basically boils down to one point – If it’s important to you, you’ll find the time and will power to follow through.
Staying on track really isn’t as hard as it seems. You can do it in less time than it takes to watch your favourite show on TV. According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the average adult in Canada should accumulate 150 minutes of exercise per week. That’s just 30 minutes of daily exercise, five times a week – So get started.
Here are some simple tips to help make achieving your fitness goal easier:
Set Realistic but Specific Goals
Simply saying you want to get in shape is a great goal to have, but it doesn’t give you a specific goal to strive for. Be specific, state your goal whether it’s losing 10 pounds or running a marathon and put a timeline to it. Make the timeline realistic and in the not to distant future.
Share Your Goals
Let your friends and family know about your goals and encourage them to help keep you on track. This will help you avoid cheating on your diet or skipping that workout. Who knows, you might inspire someone else to live a healthier lifestyle.
Not just when you reach your goal, but during your journey as well. If you eat clean and stick to your exercise plan throughout the week, go ahead have that serving of cheesecake on Sunday. You’re more likely to give up if you feel like you’re depriving yourself of the things you enjoy.
No matter your fitness goals, enjoy the process.