You’ve gone out and bought yourself new training gear including a brand new pair of sneakers and you’ve even gotten your diet plans sorted out.
All you are waiting for now is Monday – when your gym membership starts.
This time you are READY, more than ever before, to achieve that dream body!
But think again – doesn’t that seem like the usual pattern? – You get all excited a few weeks before the holiday season, start off with a bang and then somewhere along the line the lack of progress disappoints you; you lose focus and give up!
Extra weight loss motivation is available here.
If you really want to succeed this year, try these tricks.
They will help you stay motivated and focused towards your fitness goals.
First and foremost, a sound ‘motivational strategy’ is as crucial as your training and diet program. After all, working out like crazy and following a strict diet for a few weeks, only to give up later on, doesn’t do anyone any good!
Here are some tips on how to stay intensely focused towards your fitness goals and never let up even an inch until you achieve that dream body!
Tricks and Tips to Stay Motivated
Set Realistic Goals
This is huge.
Always set goals which you can achieve in the time that you have on hand.
There is no point planning to lose 20lbs in a few weeks because it just won’t happen.
So, nice and slow is the way to go. Don’t set a goal for a year, set smaller goals for 12 weeks, and have it be part of your larger goal for the end of the year (or longer).
You’ll be amazed how this strategy will work wonders for you.
Realistic goals also allow you to experience the success of reaching the smaller goals and therefore you are not disappointed with your progress.
Always design an exercise plan keeping in mind your fitness goals. Don’t pick some bodybuilder’s plan (most guys do that!) or a Kim Kardashian plan (a lot of women do that) you picked up online. It won’t work for you!
To stay lean while losing fat, the intensity at which you train is very crucial.
There is no point going on the treadmill for 45 minutes.
If you can do that for 45 minutes, your body is more than comfortable handling that stress and thus won’t change much.
Remember, you have to lose fat so something like high intensity interval training with resistance moves, kettlebells and even Olympic lifting will do the trick.
In a nutshell, huffing and puffing all over the place all way through your workout is the key!
There is only one diet plan that works well over a long period of time – one which is ridiculously simple.
The hassles of counting calories and vitamin content every single day is too much for the human brain to handle for any length of time.
Give yourself a break – you don’t need that rigid lifestyle.
Instead, work on gradually reducing the portion size of your meals and increase your protein content.
Using smaller plates and not keeping the fridge stocked up with “bad” food is a good trick to keep the portion size and frequency of meals down.
Protein powders work great if you are looking to lose fat while maintaining muscle mass. However, weights have to be a part of your training plan or else, you are wasting your money.
Supplement with fish oils (because of the amazing benefits of omega 6 fatty acids contained in them) is one thing that you cannot miss out on, no matter what your fitness goals.
Ladies, buy some clothes that are a couple of dress size smaller, hang them in your wardrobe. Try and remember that dress every time you are tempted to eat some big fattening meal.
Use the same trick on days when you just don’t feel like going to the gym.
In addition to 3-4 days at the gym, go for a run once in a week. You can even play an outdoor sport or challenge your coworker to a tennis match or play a game of football.
Believe me, outdoor workouts like these tax your body in a very different way, burning loads of calories and making your body respond in a different way.
Keep chipping away’ is the key phrase you’ve got to remember.
Reaching your fitness goals don’t happen overnight.
It will usually take several months or even years to reach those goals.
However, short term goals should keep you interested.
Believing yourself is as important, if not more, than any of the tips mentioned above.
To conclude, reading your fitness goals won’t happen overnight. You have to stay focused and motivated.
Use these tips and this time around, you’ll realize that you are indeed on your way toward achieving the success you want.