Ahhh... It's that time of the year again when the gyms would be full and the organic food aisle in the groceries are empty. It's that time of the year again when people start their year with a resolution of constant exercise and proper diet.
Two or three weeks in, I guarantee you that there would be fewer people crunching at the gym and more people queuing up at the local fast food joints.
What went wrong?
Exercising and eating right is actually more of a mental battle than a physical one. Sure, you can always enroll yourself in a spinning class or get yourself a meal plan but the real struggle is how to stay motivated to exercise and eat healthy.
What to do?
Now that we know that it's more of a mental struggle, here are tips on how to stay motivated:
1. Set clear and attainable goals. First of all, you have to be honest with yourself. You can't just aim for a 6-pack abs in just a month - that's just impossible. Start with small but achievable goals like losing 1-2 pounds a week, or substituting that bag of chips you buy weekly for a healthier option. Start small and you'll eventually see a massive difference.
2. Celebrate success. No matter how small or big that achievement is, always give yourself a pat in the back and aim for more. The key here is to be positive with everything. Even as simple as dragging yourself out of bed and putting on your workout clothes calls for a victory dance.
3. Bring a buddy with you. Not only do you get to share with your friend every muscle sore and unhealthy food craving, but you also get to share your success when surpassing any personal record or finishing that unpleasant protein shake.
4. Don't beat yourself up. Remember that the road to becoming fitter and healthier is a long and bumpy one. Forgive yourself when you give in to your food cravings one night and just remember to get back on track right after. Don't force yourself to spend 2 hours at the gym when you're not feeling well. Always remember that slow progress is still progress. At the end of the day, you're still beating everyone who's just sitting on a couch.
And there you have it! We hope that with these tips, you will be on the right track to becoming a better version of yourself this 2017.