Are you one of the several hundred thousand people who put “weight loss” or “getting fit” on their new year resolution list? How did that work out for you? If you made it a few days into the new year and didn’t take your resolution any further, then there’s still time to get back on the wagon. Getting in shape and staying fit and healthy is far easier than you think if you start on the right path. Here’s how to motivate yourself to get back on the road to a happier, healthier you.
Get Professional Help
Not everyone has the inclination or motivation to get fit and healthy on their own. Sometimes, it takes the help and expertise of a personal trainer to give you that much-needed kick in the pants. Enlisting the services of a trainer doesn’t make you weak. Instead, it offers you a far greater chance of success. You have someone cheering you on, wanting you to succeed, and tailoring a unique fitness and health plan that’s going to work for you. The best part is, when you don’t feel like you can go any further, you have one constant who has your back.
Change Your Diet
One-fifth of all deaths in 2017 related to poor diet. That’s a shocking statistic and one that anyone and everyone can readily change. If you find yourself indulging in too many unhealthy treats, then you can get in great shape this year by making some drastic changes. Eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, while cutting out refined sugar and unhealthy fats at the same time. Even small changes such as removing the sugar out of your coffee and not drinking that soda every day can see you on the right track to success.
If you are not enjoying exercise, then you are unlikely to stick with it. It’s important you find something you love, that pushes you to work harder, and focus on it. For example, if you like nature walks, then make that your goal. Walk as many nature tracks as you can, and scout them out in your local area. Doing physical activity should be a fun, worthwhile experience, not something you despise and prefer not to do at all.
Did you know you are more likely to succeed in your health and fitness journey if you have someone with which to do it? Encourage a friend to get in shape with you and be each other’s motivator. Working out with someone can mean you exercise more often, for more extended periods, and you put in more effort too. What’s more, when you surround yourself with other people who are exercising, you are more likely to lose weight (and more of it).
Many methods for getting fit and healthy don’t allow you to be social. You go to the gym on your own, go for a run by yourself, or work out on a treadmill at home. Sports, however, offer you the benefit of socialization as well as helping you to get in great shape. There are many other benefits of joining a sports team too. You can reduce the risk of obesity, enjoy improved overall health, be part of a team, and increase your happiness levels.
This year can be your year. Get help from a personal trainer, join a sports team, work out with a friend, change your diet, and enjoy what you are doing. You can then benefit from a far happier and healthier version of you.