Health and Fitness Goals, Why is Staying Motivated Tough?

People in general find it very difficult at times to motivate themselves to complete their health and fitness goals. There are many benefits of being in shape and become physically fit. It improves your health, social life, and even makes you a happier person. So with all of those ways it improves life, why is it so difficult to stay motivated? Well it’s a combination of things from lifestyles to technology and human nature.

There are many excuses we can come up with avoid our fitness goals. Being busy, tired, or wanting to watch something on TV are just a few. Not being able to get off of social media is one I can think of off the top of my head. Changes to your lifestyle are very difficult sometimes. It is not easy to get into a fitness routine. It’s even tough to eat the healthy foods you need to when you are craving something unhealthy. What we do in our minds is associate difficult things with great worth. All the hard work we do to become fit is worth all the effort we put into it.

In order to reach our fitness goals, there must be a reason to reach them. You must find that right goal that is attainable to get you excited about becoming fit.

What are Your Health and Fitness goals?

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They come in many different forms. Men and women may want to get bigger muscles, while some may want to be in great shape and be able to able run for hours. There are people that just want to be extremely flexible to avoid becoming injury prone. What are your health and fitness goals? Do you want huge muscles? Do you want to avoid heart disease? Do you want to lose weight and strengthen your body? You have to decide.

After recognizing what your goal or goals are, you must create a well thought your plan and stick to it. Make sure the health and fitness goals you set are very realistic. Having a personal trainer might be extremely beneficial and worth the money. If you can’t afford a personal trainer, try to find a workout buddy. Maybe all you need to do is join a gym to help reach your goal. Some people enjoy a team type of environment while others enjoy being in a one on one personal training session.

In the end, you want to find some form of exercise that you enjoy and makes you a happier person. Being physically fit makes you an overall happier person. Some people may need to find something that relaxes the mind and body. Yoga classes are great for this! If you are outdoors type of person, running, biking, rock climbing, or swimming might be a great way to start your journey. Whatever it is, enjoy it and stick with it!

Lose Weight by Taking Small Steps

lose-weight-loss lose weightA lot of people get to the point where they are about to give up on losing weight. They have all tried exercising and dieting, but it just hasn’t worked. They end up getting discouraged and want to give up because they are afraid they won’t be able to lose weight.

The best advice to give them is to just slow down and take a deep breath.

Most people in today’s society are looking for that instant gratification. Everything we want, we want it now. Whether it’s microwaving food to get it in minutes, or our cell phones taking more than 5 seconds to send a text message, we want things now. This is the reason we want our weight loss to be instant just like an instant microwaveable meal.

When we try to change our life quickly, the odds aren’t in our favor. We will get back into unhealthy habits because we didn’t lose a pound or two. Studies have shown the best way to lose weight for good, is to make those small changes to our lifestyles.

Consider some of these tips to create a healthier life for yourself:

  1. Take the stairs whenever possible. Some days you won’t be able to make it to the gym just because life gets in the way. You can burn some extra calories just by taking the stairs that day instead of an elevator.
  2. Add an extra glass of water here and there to your diet. A lot of us simply don’t drink the water we need to stay healthy every day. Try to add 8 ounces of water sometime throughout your day. One glass with every meal will help a lot.
  3. Take the extra time to walk or ride a bike when running your errands. You save money and studies have shown spending time outside is great for your health.
  4. Make sure to get the right amount of sleep. Try going to bed 30 minutes before you normally do and gradually work your way to 6-8 hours of sleep every night. A full eight hours of sleep will do magic for your health. You will feel rejuvenated and it will help you recover from workouts as well.