You know the drill. The gym becomes so busy on January 1st and eventually the willpower and drive we all had dies down. We go back to our old habits of not exercising enough and eating unhealthily. New Year’s resolutions usually don’t go beyond January, so here are some tips to keep you accountable all year long.
In order to follow through with your resolution, you have to actually be committed to it. The resolution is not just for the month of January, it’s for the whole year. If you commit to going to the gym three times a week, that means you go to the gym three times a week, no excuses!
Get into the habit
It is said that habit formation takes 21 days. Psychologists define habits as learned behaviour and our brains like to take a sequence of actions and form them into a routine. If you attend the gym enough and make it part of your weekly routine, it will become a normal part of your life.
Change your eating
Eating healthy, tasty and nutritious food will keep you fuelled when exercising. If you’re eating junk all day and expecting to get excellent results from the gym, you may be disappointed. Find out what calories and macros you should be hitting in order to get the results you want and stick to it. Stock up your fridge and cupboards with healthy snacks and ingredients. Sometimes if the treats are not available to us, we won’t crave them. Treating yourself to unhealthy food is fine but try and take a balanced approach.
Download fitness apps
Health and fitness apps will keep you accountable. Myfitnesspal is a godsend for those of us who are tracking calories and macros. It’s easy to forget all the snacks and foods we have eaten in a day. Myfitnesspal allows you to scan in the packaging barcode and get all the nutrition details. You can also add your friends and share your weight loss/gain successes with them.
Mix up your workouts
Prone to getting bored quickly at the gym? You’re not the only one! We all get bored and fed up from time to time. Mix up your workout routine, switch between cardio, strength training and HIIT. Not every day should be the same.
Don’t do guilt trips
Overeaten on junk food or missed the gym for a few days? That’s okay! Life gets in the way and sometimes we just don’t feel up to it. Just because you’ve had a bad day or week doesn’t mean you have to feel guilty. Guilty feelings can often lead to further self-sabotage and consequently, some of us completely fall off the health wagon.
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