Every year you tell yourself you’ll get a gym membership in the beginning of the year and stick to a diet. You’ll shed the pounds you don’t want and eventually reach your goal weight. The thing is, you can never seem to stick with it. As time goes on, you figure you’ll put that resolution on pause and pursue it next year.
Well, here we are again, and this year we’re going to do it right.
Here are six super simple ways to stick to your fitness goals this year and actually reach that goal weight. Ready, set, go!
1. Try a running app to keep track.
Apps like RunKeeper and Nike+ Running help users track how far they have been running and how many calories it has totaled so they can tailor their workout to their own goals, whether it be calories burned or endurance. If you’re sick of guessing how much you might have run or how many calories you might have burned, keep this app running while you go on your next run.
2. Focus on habits.
Instead of seeing a diet as just that, a diet, try seeing it as a new way of living. They say that those who succeed at dieting do so because they don’t deprive themselves of certain things, but instead learn to see their “diet” as a lifestyle change. They cut out sugar and fat not because a book tells them to, but because they understand that it is not healthy, and change so they can live a healthier lifestyle that includes drinking more water, eating whole foods, and getting the nutrients they need.
3. Keep a journal.
Journaling is not only for your emotional health, but also your physical health. By keeping a journal and writing down the foods that you eat, you get to not only tally up the amount of calories you've burned, but also see your eating habits and patterns. Notice that you always end up eating something sweet at night? Try swapping the cakes and cookies for a sugar-free pudding or some strawberries with light whipped cream. Journaling will help you stay on track and see where your excess cals are coming from.
4. Focus on health, not numbers.
Instead of getting too hooked on what the scale is saying, focus more on how your body is feeling. Do you notice your pants getting looser? Do you physically feel better? Is your skin looking clearer and your sleep habits improving? Be proud of these accomplishments and changes and don’t get discouraged by the numbers.
5. Eat mindfully.
Change your relationship with food so that you begin to see it as something you nourish your body with. When you see eating as a loving gesture, you’ll want to only give your body good, wholesome food that will in turn help you lose weight. You won’t “punish” yourself for having a soda, but instead practice compassion with yourself.
6. Look for support.
Try joining a gym where you can workout with like minded people who are also working towards a goal, or try finding a workout buddy. Having someone to support you will really encourage you to stay on track. Ask for help from friends and family and share your journey with them!
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