Friday, 25 March 2016

How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

How to achieve your health and fitness goals

Over the years I've had a love-hate relationship with exercise. I've lost track of how many times I'd start a fitness regime only to give up a few weeks later. I'd tell myself that I'm too tired, I don't have time etc. I think I deserve to be officially crowned a 'Queen of excuses' ;)

However, at the beginning of this year I finally decided that it's about time I become more serious about exercising (here and here). Not only I need to shed some excess weight that has crippled on out of nowhere (having chocolate for dinner probably didn't help) but also I need to think about my overall health. After all, we've been told a hundred times that some daily exercise is good for us. 

Knowing my history, jumping into a rigorous workout routine was not going to work for me. So instead I prepared a small plan to make a healthy living change in my life and achieve my fitness goals. 

How to achieve your health and fitness goals

Establish achievable goals
Rome wasn't built in a day. If you expect too much in a short period of time and don't see desired effects, your motivation will decrease. Fitness should be about pleasure not pressure. For example, I initially started following a simple four-week plan that helped me work up to walking (without stopping) to 30 minutes. 

Stay positive
We all have ups and downs. The key to success is believing that you can do it. 

Keep it healthy 
Although I'm a huge chocoholic and could literally have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I scoured Pinterest for some easy to prepare healthy eating recipes. Having said that I still allow myself to have some treats once a week. My body simply craves sugar and I learnt not to beat myself up for a moment of weakness.   

Do what you enjoy
There is no point of forcing yourself into doing something that you don't enjoy. I have a gym phobia (is this a word?) so I prefer to work out from home. A while ago I bought a boxing bag and a bunch of DVDs so I try to switch my routines to push my body and mind.

How do you achieve fitness goals? Do you have a fitness routine? 

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