Ask anyone if they would like to be fitter and healthier, and almost all will reply ‘yes.’ The trouble is, it takes time, dedication, and a lot of hard work to get to a decent level of fitness – which many aren’t prepared to consider. One of the biggest issues most people struggling to get face is their motivation. So, if you find it tough to get started, read on – these tips and tricks should help!
The question posed at the beginning of this post is incorrect. In fact, it should be something like this: “Would you like to work hard and dedicate yourself to be fitter and healthier?” The root problem of all fitness and health concerns is that people lack the motivation to work for it. And, that motivation has to come from within. It’s no good thinking you should be doing more exercising – the trick is to want to do it. You can get help, of course. But, going to the gym once a month isn’t going to give you what you need.
Honesty and your goals
So, honesty is always the best policy if you are trying to get fit. Be honest – and realistic about your goals. Keep a diary of what you are eating, and note down all your workouts. Take a look at everything at the end of the week, and see where you are falling down – it will help. It’s also important to understand that this is going to be a long process. According to medical research, you should be losing no more than 2-4 pounds a week if you want to lose weight safely. If you have a lot to shift, you have to accept it’s going to take you a long time.
You also need to commit to your fitness goals – and keep going, even if you feel tired or aren’t in the mood. Three workouts a week are the bare minimum you should be doing – more if possible. Without committing to that, you are unlikely to enjoy the best results.
Companionship can be vital to help your motivation and fitness goals. When other people are driving you on, it is so much easier. Choose an environment that suits you, too. For example, if you are a fan of rugby, buy yourself a rugby shirt and find an amateur club that runs regular sessions. Team sports are an excellent way to stay motivated, and there is a lot of camaraderie, too.
If you want to see the fastest results, workouts alone aren’t going to cut the mustard. Your diet is going to be the biggest factor in weight loss, and the right nutrition will help you build up your figure. As a rule, for weight loss, you need to run at a calorie deficiency. However, you also need to eat a balanced diet to ensure you have the right nutrients to build muscle and burn fat. There are plenty of fitness nutrition guides out there, so find one to suit your needs.
Hope this has helped – let me know how you get on!