It is very easy to get stuck in a rut. Carrying on with the same routines, day in and day out, can leave you feeling uninspired. However, if you want to make changes within your life, and you want to get that bit fitter and healthier, where can you start? Getting started can often be one of the most difficult things to do, but, once you have made the commitment you will find making and implementing changes all around will be that bit easier.
A Healthy Mindset Can Go a Long Way
When you have a positive, focused, and determined mindset, you can achieve everything you want to. To get fitter and to get that bit healthier, you have to have the right mind frame. If you are not mentally reared to make changes, or if you are not fully prepared, then the process can be a bit of a shock to the system, and you can find yourself unintentionally rebelling. So, before you make any major changes to your lifestyle or health regime, you need to adopt the right mindset. A healthy mindset will be one that allows you to have a happy and healthy balance between everything that you want to do and everything you want to achieve.
Healthy Eating and Healthy Living
Once you have your mindset in check, you next have to focus on eating healthily and adopting a cleaner way of life. What you put into your body fuels everything that you do, and if you are just putting lots of junk food into your body, you will struggle to achieve positive results. So, start by reducing, if not eradicating, junk food from your diet, and embrace fruits and vegetables. Having a healthy and varied diet will allow your body to get the nutrients it needs to perform at its best. When your body feels good, you can then start working on your fitness levels.
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Starting a New Career
To embrace a new lifestyle, one that is healthier and fitter, you may want to switch up your career. Embracing and embarking on a career that allows you to stay fit and healthy while feeling good at the same time is a positive step to take. One career path that allows you to achieve this balance is the world of personal training. Become a Personal Trainer, and you can embrace your new way of life while staying fit and healthy. Personal training will allow you to help others as well as helping yourself. As a trainer, in addition to looking good and feeling good, even while on the job, your motivation and drive for exercise and nutrition may well just spur others on to make a difference. When you can see people making changes and improvements in their own lives, it then pushes you to keep going and keep progressing.
Many of us are guilty of making big, vague goals. For example, ‘I want to lose weight’ is a common aspiration. But how will you get there? Breaking down your ultimate goal into smaller, every day steps makes it much easier to achieve.
You want to be able to track your progress. How will you know when you have successfully achieved your goal? Maybe your ultimate goal is to lose 5 kg. So your smaller goal is to lose 1 kg every 2 weeks. Setting yourself a specific, smaller target will make it easier to track.
Sometimes it helps to visualise your ultimate goal. If you want to lose 5kgs, pick up 5 kgs of potatoes and feel the weight. This may help to motivate you.
How will you get there? Maybe you will start by taking the stairs instead of the lift into work or walking to the shops instead of driving. Whatever it is, baby steps are key to changing the bigger picture.
Develop A Goal
Once you have defined what your ultimate goal is and broken it down into smaller, achievable goals – write it down! You are in charge of making the changes in your life, so its time you make yourself accountable.
Once you have written down your goal, write down how you are going to get there. Whether it’s cutting down on the amount of sugar in your diet or fitting in 30 minutes of exercise a day, what are the real steps you can take to get there?
Create a plan that is realistic to you life schedule and if you don’t have time, make time.
So let’s use the example of cutting down sugar, what mini goals can you make? You could start by writing down what you eat every day and seeing where your weaknesses lie. Once you have put pen to paper, it’s a lot easier to see where you can make changes to your diet.
Then, create a plan on what steps you can take to cut down your sugar intake. Remember, the more specific the better. So maybe you could not ask for sugar in your morning coffee, cut out soft drinks or say no to the office birthday cake. Whatever it is, write it down, hold yourself accountable and monitor your success!
Setting Goals – Get Started
Start to make changes right now if you know which direction you want to go in. Make a plan, start setting targets and goals and improve your fitness and health, both in the short term and in the long term too.
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