Motivation to get Fit - A New Year has begun and is almost halfway into the first month. The most popular resolution for New Year for most folks is to enjoy good health and aim to be fit. In these times of the pandemic, it has in fact become an even greater necessity to get fit and build immunity. It sure is wise to invest time in the one thing, that you are sure to have for your whole life and that is nothing but your body.
Winter Holidays and the cold weather in most places can sometimes make life sedentary. This is especially true with all the social distancing these days. It is also the time most folks are guilty of indulging in comfort food and dropping guard on healthy food choices. Of course, holidays are celebration time is okay to indulge in your favorite items in moderation without being deprived of them. Like they say "One meal won't make you unhealthy just like one workout won't make you healthy". The important thing is a discipline in making good choices and sticking by them, a key factor that will help in the long run.
NEVER TOO LATE TO START
Even if one has never tried a fitness routine or healthy eating, it is never too late to start. Start small whether it is a brisk walk, cycling, or swimming. Routine Fitness and healthy eating not only helps with good physical health and makes you look better, but will also improve your self-confidence and will help with better mental health.
GET HANDS-ON STATS OF WHERE YOU STAND
It is good to be aware of your overall fitness situation before you embark on your fitness journey. This knowledge equips you with information and statistics about your body. As you see progress and improvements with your numbers, it will only help encourage you to do better.
Having a good understanding of BMI and body fat can help you know where you stand. You can even set a goal and try to achieve it. This online fat calculator is a great place to start. It has great in-depth information on BMI(Body Mass Index) and BFP (Body fat percentage). Once you know where you stand, you can plan a customized workout plan that suits you. Of course, as always it is important to check with your doctor before you start something new.
CHOOSE FROM PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
There are many low impact to high impact workout choices like walking, yoga, Zumba, biking, canoeing, sports like tennis, martial arts, and so on. Do check out this link in the image below that has a wonderful calculator that calculates the calories that can be burned for any workout. This is a great way to help you plan your workout, make progress and slowly push you to do more to reach your goal.
Choose activities that you naturally enjoy so it does not seem like a burden in your already busy day-to-day schedule. When the workout is fun, it keeps up the motivation to keep going even on those days that seem tough. Another way to avoid workouts getting monotonous is by mixing activities or changing the workouts and keeping them interesting. For example, one can try to work on different muscle groups and experiment with different workout machines at the gym, find new workouts, go swimming, play a variety of sports, and so on.
After all that hard work with the physical activities and hitting the gym, you want to make sure you supplement your body with good nutrition and healthy food. Your exercise routine is fueled up by having the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and other nutrients. Stock up with healthy snacks. Having a healthy breakfast loaded with fiber and protein is a great way to keep yourself fit. Having a nutritional diet helps you perform better and can minimize muscle damage.
MAKE FITNESS A LIFESTYLE & TRACK IT
It is said it takes 21 days for something to form a habit and 90 days for it to make it a personal lifestyle change. Keeping track of your progress using a journal or using fitness apps can help show your progress. Having a workout buddy or planning to work out with like-minded folks is beneficial as well. They can help with motivation and encouragement. Exercising and working out together can even make the most strenuous activities seem more enjoyable.
CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK
There will be times when you are unable to keep up with your fitness schedule. It could be due to commitments at work, home, physical ailments, or just not feeling like doing it. Do feel free to take a break and go easy on yourself. It is okay to be flexible. As long as you are determined to be right on the track. Sometimes a break may even help you start anew with zeal and enthusiasm.
CELEBRATE THE SMALL WINS
Any small progress that is encouraging can make you feel good. Give yourself a pat on the back. The little milestones are all hard-earned. In the long run, they will help you gain impressive results and achieve your ultimate goal. The big goals can be broken into smaller milestones and actions. This makes it seem doable and makes it feel like you are on track, on a winning path, and a targeted goal. Don't forget to celebrate the small wins. You could reward yourself with a new pair of sneakers, fitness clothes, or even a smoothie or your favorite food item if you are craving it.
DO IT FOR YOURSELF
Last but not the least, plan to get fit for yourself. Ultimately you are the one who will enjoy the benefits of being healthy. Your family and near ones will also be thankful as they count on you for it. Fitness should ultimately become an integral part of life and the motivation for being fit should come from within. It is said the chances of being dedicated to remaining fit and being in it for the long run is possible only if you take charge on your own. It can not last long if one is forced into it or blindly following others.
Hope you enjoyed this post and are motivated to start on your fitness journey if not already. Have a wonderful day!