I watch people on a daily basis working hard toward achieving their fitness goals. They push, they lift and they run for that designated, devoted time they’ve set aside for themselves. What I’ve learned through watching others and of course setting goals for myself is that there are three things that will help lead to a successful long term program to get and stay fit.
First is a Commitment to the Goal.
Assuming the goal is a realistic and a healthy goal, you need to be committed to reaching it. It can’t be a wishy-washy nor a pie in the sky goal. Chances are reaching that goal is not going to happen if that is the case. If the goal is to please someone else it won’t stick. You need to commit to making it happen for yourself and then keep that goal in mind during the times you think “OMG, I’m dying”. Keep those intentions rooted deeply within yourself, so that the determination and passion will flow in your blood.
Second is Consistency.
What is consistency? Consistency will be determined by your goals. I’m not suggesting you kill it in the gym seven days a week or do twice daily workouts. But rather you want a solid effort while being consistent throughout the week. An example would be to set up cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays, dedicate weight lifting targeting specific muscles groups on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and leave Saturday for an easy walk on the treadmill or a walk about the park or nature trail. Sunday—for me is a day of rest. Try not to skip your workouts. Remember, it takes 21 days to formulate a habit, and I would love to see the habit geared to consistency of your routine rather than skipping out.
Third Fuel For Your Body
This is where I feel most of us sabotage ourselves. We workout hard, feel the burn and the energy flowing and then what do we do?—-go to the nearest drive through and munch on a bag of fries. Each person is different in regards to their required intake of food, so I can’t really steer you on that. Talk with your doctor, nutritionist or both and ask for their suggestions. We all need protein, carbs and fats, but each of us will need different percentages depending on lifestyle and activity. Once you figure out your recipe, try to make a meal plan for the whole week. By doing so, it holds you to that plan with no excuses allowed.
A lifestyle change is a journey that takes time, effort and commitment. Love yourself by staying the course on your fitness plan and dietary program. In order to achieve your goals, you need both. If you want to be successful, you can’t do one or the other. You need to do both. I have married these two components together to keep me on the path to a great lifestyle! Lifestyle to me means being healthy and fit in mind, body and soul. When they all come together as one, watch out world!!!
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