Here we are, fast approaching the end of January, and if there’s a time that we’re likely to break our New Year’s resolutions and health plans, it is now! Have a read of my top tips to help you stay motivated and on track for a healthier, happier 2016.
- Give yourself a break – most of us need a solid structure to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow, and planning really is the key for successful healthy living. But we are all still human, so if you break your plan for one meal out, it really isn’t the end of the world! If you do go out for a few drinks, or enjoy a takeaway every once in a while, just get straight back on track the next day.
Remember, one meal off plan will not ruin everything, but one meal on plan will not give you the results you want!
- Change things up – If you have been on a health kick since the beginning of January, things might be starting to get a little stagnant and boring. Same old meals, same old exercise regimes. I recommend investing in a new recipe book, or research on the Internet for free. Personally I follow Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella, and Joe Wicks, creator of Lean in 15 on social media as well as having a copy of their books. Both have come up with some fantastic, innovative ways to bring cleaner food into your life, without being too daunting. You won’t believe how amazing it tastes!
Have a look in your local area for new exercise classes coming up, sign up to a new class at the gym or try a new workout regime to keep things interesting.
- Fitness isn’t all about the physical – too often we all think about fitness being just about the body, but if you’re not engaged in your new lifestyle mentally, it simply won’t stick. You have to believe in yourself, believe that you can achieve and you will! Keep reminding yourself on a daily basis the reasons why you are doing this, and what you want to achieve. Try writing these things down, and when willpower starts to fade, go back to this list for an instant pick me up!
- Fitness is better with a friend – it’s so much more difficult to get motivated to go to the gym or go to a class on your own, especially if you’re tired from a long day at work. If this sounds familiar, find yourself a workout buddy, either a friend or member of your family. If you’re in it together, you’ll help to motivate each other, and share your successes as well!