“Motivation” is the one word that appears to be missing from the dictionary for most working professionals. The motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle, that is. It is understandable that at the end of a work day how most of us want nothing more than to go home and just laze around on the couch before hitting the sack. That couple of hours you have after work and before bedtime – it seems too little and too precious. Think back on all those nights, what do you end up doing? Binge-watching Netflix? Falling asleep on the couch? Why not shift your focus and do something that will benefit you in the long run instead?
Be realistic with your goals and focus on the process.
Wanting to lose that beer belly, build lean muscle, and rid yourself of sugar cravings, are result-based goals that will take some time, a good deal of discipline and determination. These goals tend to you too focused on the endpoint and may cause you to neglect other forms of progress worth celebrating along the way. If you fail to reach that goal in the amount of time you set aside, you may feel a sense of disappointment and lose motivation to carry on.
For busy newcomers, start by setting process-based goals that are easily achievable in the short-term, such as, “I will go to the gym 3 times a week,” or “I will eat more vegetables for lunch and dinner”. Once you’ve managed to achieve and maintain it, set another one and continue to do the same. Not only will you feel more accomplished as you hit those goals and notice some change in your life, your confidence and willpower will get a much-needed boost to keep you going!
Create a routine
This means finding the best schedule to make your lifestyle a healthier one. Of course, the only thing more important than building a routine is sticking with and supporting it. For example, going to the gym right after work every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday means that you ought to be doing something along the lines packing your gym bag the night before and preparing your meals in advance.
Have contingency plans
As we all know, life doesn’t always go as planned. There may be days where you’re stuck working past your gym’s closing time, or you may be too busy to prepare your meals for the week. Be creative in your solutions! For example, for days you aren’t able to make it to the gym on time, remind yourself to take extra short breaks to get up from your chair and move or stretch. You can even search the Internet for bodyweight movements you can do from the comfort of your own living room. When it comes to meals, the various delivery food options available online makes it easy for you to secure a suitable meal and have it delivered right to you.
While all these tips should help enrich your life, remember that your mental health is just as important. Don’t stress over the smallest things. Your efforts in the pursuit of fitness should not end up with you neglecting your emotional wellness. If there are days where you forget something or where you find it harder than usual to power through a workout, it’s okay. Do whatever you can, go home, rest, recharge and start the next day with a smile on your face!