2. Make a Plan
After you have an idea of what kind of fitness goals you are looking for, it's time to make a plan! It doesn't need to be anything fancy - just some notes on how you plan to achieve your goals.
If you want to lose weight, keep a food diary and count the calories on what you eat every day for at least three weeks so that an evident pattern can emerge of which foods lead to increased calorie intake. Find out how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats are in each serving size of those particular meals you're eating.
Simply writing down your plans and goals will massively increase the chance of you achieving them. You can write down how much you weigh right now and even take some "before and after" photos so you can look back in the future and see how you've changed.
You can also take measurements of your body, waist size and weight so you have concrete evidence to show how much progress you've made. Record any other significant measurements such as blood pressure or cholesterol levels if they are high for example.
3. Switch Up Your Diet & Get Active
It's also important that you don't just work on weight loss but that you eat healthily and exercise regularly too. Exercise is essential for any fitness regime as it helps build muscle mass which in turn will burn calories and help you to lose weight.
Another great tip is to avoid fad diets, try instead a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables which will not only keep your appetite satisfied for longer but they are full of vitamins too!
One thing that really helps is eating a consistent amount of calories day in and day out, so to keep track of what you're eating why not invest in a calorie counting app on your phone. You could also do some meal prep by preparing lean meats and salads the day before so that you can eat as soon as you're hungry, and not simply munch out because the fridge is empty.
You should also think about staying active. Now, that doesn't mean you have to go to the gym every day or take up running. In fact if you're not used to exercise then it's probably a good idea for your body and muscles' sake if you don't do too much before building up slowly. But try going out more often with friends- or where possible, take the stairs, or do more house work that is going to get your heart rate going. Every little bit counts and will contribute to your overall well-being and fitness goals.
4. Make A Routine
Having a daily and weekly routine is going to really help you to achieve your fitness goals. For example, if you go for a jog every morning it will not only get your day started well but by doing this everyday it is going to become easier and more habitual too which in turn is just going to motivate yourself even more! You can also try switching up exercises so that you don't get bored of doing the same thing everyday and this way you will still see results.
If your goals are fitness related then we don't mean that you need to get rid of all of your old clothes but instead invest in some new ones so that they give you more motivation when it comes to getting changed for a session! It is also important not to wait until the last minute to book your fitness or personal training sessions as this will not motivate yourself and you might end up cancelling if something comes up!
If you are struggling with motivation then the best way to get it back is by using some motivational quotes on Instagram or Pinterest. You can also use apps like Fitness Pal which allows you to track all of your fitness related goals in one place.