We've all been there - sitting down, brainstorming our next steps... "Im going to keep up religiously with my workout schedule" "I'm going to lose/gain X amount of weight" "I'm going to wake up before 6 am every day" Sound familiar?
Now there’s nothing wrong with setting yourself goals in terms of health and fitness. All I'll say about that is to be realistic, kind, flexible and true to your body, lifestyle and mind for long term consistency. I'm actually here today writing this blog, to just give you a little kick in the butt :)
For me, it's all about PLANNING! If you're striving to transform your body, life or diet, here's your chance to develop those habits! Believe me, I've been there too. I would talk the talk and never end up running the run. In 2004 I decided enough was enough. From then on, I have worked on, and eventually developed, new habits and skills that have ultimately led me to the lifestyle I live today! You're time-poor, you need motivation and some inspiration, I get it!
MAKE THE SWEAT WORTH IT. Most of us only have 30-45mins to get in our daily workout and achieve our dream fitness level and body. Make sure the workouts you do are goal-based, adequate and effective FOR YOU. Seek professional advice to exploit your time
TAKE A STEP BACK
When facing struggles, always step back and think… in eight weeks I am able to create progress, my 'after' photo, develop new habits and most of all feel healthier!
DON’T MISS YOUR APPOINTMENT!
Time your workouts! Threat it as a doctor’s appointment, schedule it in your calendar, prioritise your session. At the end of the day, it may actually save you a doctor’s appointment.
Just to see how far you have come! The best motivation and inspiration comes from within. Nothing beats the motivation we get from feeling stronger, fitting in our dream clothes, and being happy and proud of ourselves.
Ask yourself this question. Will this drive me closer to my goals?
Just as affirmations can help you motivate yourself and focus better to achieve your goals so can using visualisation or mental imagery. Whenever we have an idea or notion to do something we visualise it first. For instance, if we're hungry and want to eat, we picture different food possibilities. In sports, mental imagery is often used by athletes to improve their skills by picturing the achievement, such as hitting or shooting a ball, swimming or running a race, amongst other things. Using it as a technique invariably results in a much better performance and outcome. Envision yourself achieving your goals vividly to remind yourself of your objective and what you need to do to reach it. How can you do this, you may ask?
1. Go somewhere quiet and private where you won't be disturbed. Close your eyes and think of the goal, mood,
new behaviour or skill, you want to acquire.
2. Take several deep breaths and relax.
3. Visualise the situation you desire in your mind as clearly and with as much detail as you can.
4. Add emotion, feeling, and your senses to your vision.
5. Practice it daily for about 10 minutes each time.
6. Persevere until you succeed.
7. Maintain positive thoughts and a good attitude throughout.
Keep moving forward
By the way... don't get discouraged by negative people they have a problem for every solution!
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