1. Stay motivated
You may be motivated right now towards getting the body you want, but if you are like the majority of people that start a diet or training programme then you motivation will fizzle out within a month. It may seem that you want you achieve your goal NO MATTER WHAT right now, but trust me, there will be days where you wake up and just can’t be bothered. To give yourself every chance of succeeding you have to implement tools to help you stay motivated. CLICK HERE to find out 5 great tips to help keep you motivated.
This one is pretty obvious right? Well believe it or not, most people will try and get into shape just by diet alone. Whilst you can still lose weight by just dieting, adding exercise into the mix will accelerate your results. Not only this but exercise also brings about a massive host of other benefits such as: improved tone and shape, happiness, lower risk of loads of diseases, more energy and loads more.
3. Eat right
You can exercise until you are blue in the face but if you are eating junk all day then your results are going to suffer. Make sure you are eating lots of whole unprocessed food such as meat, eggs, fruit and veg. If you are looking to lose weight then you might want to think about a low carb diet! CLICK HERE if you missed last month’s article on low carb diets.
4. Think about the long term
Getting into shape isn’t about losing as much weight as possible in the shortest amount of time so you can look good on your wedding/holiday pics, and then going back to eating tasty junk food and chilling on the sofa. You have to be in the mind set of doing it long term, the idea is to change your behaviour so that instead of having an internal dilemma everytime you have to go to the gym or eat a salad instead of a burger, you just do it. Exercise and eat well long enough and it will become a part of your behaviour and you won’t even have to think about it! If you want to stay in shape permanently instead of a couple of months, you have to exercise and eat well for the rest of your life.
5. Vary your exercise
To get the best results out of exercising you want to make sure you don’t just do the same thing over and over again. If you do the same type of exercise of routine then your body gets used to it and stops adapting, which means your results will plateau.
6. Lift weights
You should definitely be lifting weights if you are looking to get into shape regardless of gender! By dieting and jogging sure you will lose weight, but you won’t change the shape of your body. Your muscle is what gives you your shape and by lifting weights you will get a toned look to your body rather than a saggy, droopy look. Women, if you are wary of picking up a dumbbell that weighs more than a pound in case you turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger, then read the article: 5 reasons women must lift weights to get the body they want by CLICKING HERE.
7. Get a Personal Trainer
If you struggle to stay motivated, exercise, or eat right for longer than a week, then it is a good idea to hire a personal trainer. Not only will a good trainer give you an exercise and nutrition programme designed around you and your goals, but they will also hold you accountable for not staying on track. We all do it, if it’s just ourselves that we are letting down when we give up on something then it’s no big deal, you can give up or just make up some excuses for yourself (it’s too hard, it’s not the right time, I’ve had a bad day at work). But if someone if there working there ass off, trying to help you succeed then you will think twice about giving up so easily. Although training can be expensive, if you are truly motivated it getting into shape then you can make sacrifices (not drinking, not going out for meals, no takeaways, etc) even if it’s just one session per week.
8. Get a Partner
The great thing about training with a partner is that you will be doing it with your friends or family, this means you are going to have loads of fun sharing the experience. Also, having partners relying on you will increase your motivation to stick to the programme so that you don’t let your training buddy down.
Being part of a group means that when you are struggling, your training partners know exactly what you are going through and will be able to help and motivate you through the difficult times. If your train with your close friends and family, then there is going to be less temptation to ‘cheat’ as you will all be in the same boat and your favourite treats won’t be offered to you as much.