Whether it’s eating a healthy diet or putting in your time working out, it really helps if you love it. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself looking for ways to sabotage your fitness plans. The only way to change that outcome is to change your attitude toward fitness. You need to find ways to look forward to eating healthy without feeling like you’re being deprived or suffering and find ways to workout that you really enjoy.
Start with your attitude toward eating healthier.
If you ban all the foods you love and focus on eating ones you hate, you’ll last only a few days on a healthier diet. Rather than giving up everything you love or consuming foods that you don’t find a happy medium. Find recipes for healthier foods that you actually like and don’t worry about eating a small amount of your favorite food. Getting fitter and eating healthier isn’t an all or nothing proposition. You can have a small piece of cake once in a while…just not the whole cake or a big slice every meal. Try making some of your favorite foods healthier, such as substituting applesauce for oil or sugar in baked goods.
Choose a workout you like.
Hate running? Don’t run! It’s that simple. There are hundreds of ways to increase your exercise and get a good workout. Don’t focus on ones you hate. If you love dancing, dance like there’s no tomorrow and incorporate your workout into it. Do you enjoy being with others and a more social activity, choose a group workout and take a friend!
Make sure your effort for fitness is truly yours.
If you’re taking up a life plan of healthy eating and exercise, don’t do it for anyone else but you! The reason has to be important to you. If your doctor tells you to start a program or you’ll be faced with ill health and an early demise, the decision for a healthier lifestyle is still yours. You decide how important being healthy is. Don’t workout to impress friends or eat healthy to do that. Most people focus on their own lives. The decision must come from your desires.
- Start. You can procrastinate doing anything until the right time comes. Just do it! Even if you can’t get in a full workout at one time, try doing short ten minute sets throughout the day.
- Don’t make counting calories or carbs your life’s work. You can be too immersed in the details and miss the big picture. Focus on eating whole foods and avoiding processed ones to make it easier.
- Don’t skip a workout because you’ve had a tough day. That’s when you need to do it the most. It burns off stress!
- Plan ahead for those nights out with pals. If you want a drink, have one and then switch back to water. Eat slower and consume more salad, but don’t turn down your favorite food, just fill up on healthy ones first.