Let’s be honest with ourselves, every year most of us make the same resolution and that’s to lose some weight, eat healthier and cut out the booze. Every year is the same, we are super motivated in January and at the back end of February we start to lag, and by March we have given up and we are left thinking ‘sod it, there’s always next year’.
Well I hate to burst your bubble, but I am here to give you a reality check. If you want to keep your resolutions and see a positive change in yourself you have to make positive changes! The reason you are failing to reach your goals is because you are repeating the same mistakes year in and year out. Some of these simple facts may seem obvious, but actually implementing these strategies may get you on your way to achieving success.
Consuming foods you ‘think’ are healthy
Let’s start with the basics. If you are not eating the right foods, you probably aren’t seeing any results, therefore you have given up on trying to be healthy. But perhaps you weren’t all that healthy to begin with?
For a start, stop reaching for foods that say gluten-free or fat-free. Same goes for sugar free alternatives, and 0 calorie sports drinks. These products are a money-making scheme who prey on consumers who are uneducated in true nutritional values. These goods are actually high in artificial chemical grade fluids and are a complete health fad.
My advice is to stick with the basics as these have not been chemically processed. You can never go wrong consuming vegetables, meats, and complex carbohydrates. Spice it up by adding a little seasoning.
Doing the same workout routine
The amount of people I see at the gym who have done the same routine for years is baffling. What’s even more bewildering is that their bodies haven’t changed one bit and people can’t understand why.
If you want to lose weight, tone up, gain muscle or whatever your goals, you have to change up your workouts every 4-6 weeks. The body is easily adaptable and will start to plateau if you don’t increase your intensity and push past your limits.
The gym isn’t for everyone, but doing a variety of classes or outdoor activities can help you towards achieving your goals. Having variations in your workouts also reduces your chances of getting bored and giving up.
Consistency isn’t rocket science, its commitment.
Consistency is key in accomplishing any goal. Same goes for fitness, you cannot expect to see drastic changes in 4-6 weeks. Do you think Hussain Bolt became an Olympic athlete over night? No is the answer! Changing your body takes time, commitment and dedication.
Consider your goals and question your motives. Changing your appearance for aesthetic purposes is never usually sustainable unless you are competing in a fitness competition.
Aim to improve on your health and happiness rather than being concerned about superficial goals. If you set yourself goals you are enjoying working towards, you will reap the benefits of good looks later on down the line.
Your resolutions aren’t manageable
If you have never lifted weights before, or done any consistent exercise for that matter, aiming to hit the gym six times per week is setting yourself up for failure.
To sustain resolutions, you need to make minor changes over time. If your goal is to drop two stone, then start exercising three times per week. Eat healthier but allow yourself a treat every few days. This strategy will keep you going far longer than going cold turkey.
Are you managing your time effectively?
Time management is the first and foremost way of achieving any goal. My advice is to get your workout done in morning, this encourages healthy eating throughout the day and it can also fit in and around a busy schedule.
If early mornings aren’t your thing, then manage a routine time into your diary that suits you and your needs.