Start with Small Goals
At the start of your fitness journey, it can be all too easy to make sweeping statements like “I will work out every day for one hour” or “I will eliminate sugar completely from my diet”.
The thing is, you’re setting yourself up for failure when you try to pursue big and unreasonable goals at the start. This is especially true if you’re going from zero workouts per week or from eating mostly takeout every day.
Instead, start with small goals like waking up earlier to make a healthy breakfast or choosing o move more by taking the stairs or riding your bike to work. Achieving smaller goals at first helps condition your mind so you can stick to healthy habits better down the line.
Track Your Progress
Keep a journal to track everything you do—your workouts, your water intake, your meals, and how you feel. This helps keep yourself accountable to your goals. It can also help motivate you and remind you why you’re doing this in the first place.
Furthermore, tracking your progress helps you reach and even surpass your goals. It helps to keep you committed to you plan while seeing how far you’ve come since you’ve started.
Pursuing your fitness goals doesn’t the be all hard work and no pay-off. Sure, seeing the number on the scale go down, seeing yourself do more reps, and intuitively choosing healthy food over junk food can be a rewarding experience but you don’t have to wait for these milestones to give yourself a treat.
Take the time to reward yourself every now and then with something that feels fun and motivating. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi after crushing a week’s worth of strength training sessions. Get that cute workout outfit you’ve been eyeing for months! You’re doing your best to be in better shape, physically and mentally so give yourself a pat in the back occasionally.
Rely on Accountability Partners
Pursuing your fitness goals is much more fun if you share the experience with people you trust and feel comfortable with. Having accountability partners helps you stay on track and gives you external motivation so you can keep on going even if things start to get difficult.
Be Gracious to Yourself
The key to staying consistent is being gracious to yourself whenever you feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon. Remember, a few missed workouts or eating some cookies here and there doesn’t have to spell the end of your fitness journey.
Give yourself some grace, get back on the horse, and more on. Don’t let some slip ups from sabotaging your journey towards self-improvement.