Most of us are well familiar with resolutions about leading a healthier life, which we usually make a the end of the year. We also know that very few of them materialise in the following year for a number of reasons. The first one is that our enthusiasm and motivation fade as the year progresses and old routines kick in. Next, we often set unrealistic goals and when we realise we can’t achieve them, we simply get frustrated and disappointed.
So, the most important things are to maintain sufficient level of excitement and determination throughout the year and set attainable goals. Once you do the latter, you can start thinking about the strategy that will help you lead a healthier life and become fitter. Here are some of the tips professionals most often mention when it comes to advising people how to improve their overall fitness and health.
More than meets the eye
People often make a mistake of looking too much in a mirror to see the results of their exercises and changes to their diet. Instead, you should focus on performance and strength. If you do that, the aesthetic gains will definitely follow, but this shift in focus will prevent frustration from building up.
You are unique
No two people make progress at the same pace, so stop comparing yourself to others and focus on doing your best. The last thing you need is a distraction, when you need to concentrate. There are many factors that influence the speed at which you’ll lose weight, get stronger or become fitter and you can’t possibly have all the relevant information about other people around you.
Do what you enjoy
It’s important to find something you really enjoy doing if you want to achieve better results. That will make you more motivated and committed to completing the workout. The same goes for the change in your diet. You shouldn’t feel as if you’re being punished by having to eat something you don’t like. There are so many healthy options out there, that it’s just a matter of finding the right stuff.
Keep your head up high
Each time you start a new programme, you need to be aware that there will be times when you’ll feel less enthusiastic or you won’t be able to see immediate results. This is particularly true at the begging of a new regime, which is why you need to be patient and stick to the prescribed routine.
Strength and cardio
Some fitness experts claim that strength training is like the entrée, while cardio training is the side dish. In order to have the full experience, you need both the main and side dish. Each meat tastes better with some vegetables to go with it.
One of the most important things is the choice of equipment. You need to use high-quality fitness equipment for your safety and maximal results. When you get to the point of buying this kind of equipment, make sure you consult an expert or buy from a reputable seller, who’ll be able to advise you.
Set goals you are passionate about
We’ve already established that you need to set attainable goals, but what is also important is to set goals you genuinely care about and not those you think you should be after. If you have this kind of personal commitment to your goal, you’ll be more likely to achieve it.
Be mentally prepared
Any change, no matter how big it is, requires that you alter your attitude, beliefs and conduct. For that to happen, you have to be mentally prepared. Anticipate possible obstacles along the way and prepare strategy to deal with them when or if they appear. There might be some unforeseen circumstances as well, but you simply can’t do anything about them.
The fact that you’ve decided to do something about your fitness is the first and possible most important step in the process. Now, just follow the idea through, use these and other tips you get from trusted sources and you’ll see that you’ll be much healthier and fitter this time next year.