#NewYearNewYou Tips to start and stick to a Diet and Exercise plan
Okay, tell us if this looks familiar:
Top New Year’s resolutions for 2017 according to Statistics Brain:
- Lose Weight/Healthier Eating 4%
- Life/Self improvements 3%
- Better financial decisions 5%
- Quit Smoking 1%
And guess which resolution grabbed the 7th spot? You guessed it, ‘Work out more often’. A healthier lifestyle almost always makes the top of anyone’s list of resolutions however somewhere throughout January people lose sight of these goals and give up. Why?
- You don’t have time to cook a proper meal
- A lack of support and camaraderie amongst family and friends
- There are temptations everywhere!
- You don’t like the planned exercises or the meals on the diet
- You push yourself too hard during the first period of exercise and eventually give up
- You’re looking for a ‘lose weight quick’ scheme and give up too quickly
- The exercises you try to do are outdated and boring
Have you ticked yes on at least three or more of these reasons? We can’t blame you. Most diets force you to live on some sort of icky stewed cabbage or a piece of dried out toast and not to mention the exercises! ‘Okay body, you do 50 sit-ups and 30 push-ups, go!’
Incorporating a diet and exercise plan into your daily lifestyle should be fun, it shouldn’t be forced. Think, instead, of ways to make the meals you enjoy healthier. For example, swap your portion of French fries for oven baked sweet potato fries instead. Even simple changes to the way you cook your food can make a big difference.
As for exercising, we all tend to go into boot camp mode. Make it fun for yourself. Join a kickboxing or dancing class and meet new people while you’re at it, people who share your goals and support you. Go walking, swim an extra fifteen minutes. You only need about 30 minutes of exercise a day, no big deal.
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind before you run into the hills:
Remember that you’re doing it for yourself first.
Take it easy at the beginning. Don’t expect too much from your body too soon.
Mix it up and keep it fresh. Eat something different every day and vary your exercise program so you don’t get bored.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Get someone to join you. Exercising with a friend is much more encouraging than having to do it alone.
Set goals for yourself and remember to reward yourself when having reached those goals.
Incorporate exercises into your daily routine. Do a few desk push-ups while you’re reading your morning emails or Facebook updates. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, you know, that sort of thing.
Always track your progress in order to show yourself the results even when you don’t see it at first.
Keep your weightloss goals realistic. Losing too much weight in too little time will result in serious health risks.
Use the power of thought while you’re working out. Clearly visualise yourself looking the way you’ve always wanted and focus on that mental image.
Confidence alone can make you look skinnier in a snap so keep your head up and shoulders back.
Love yourself and stay positive.
PS: YES! It’s okay to eat a piece of chocolate every now and again and enjoy a glass of champagne during office celebrations, it’s not going to kill you. 😉