When it comes to weight loss, there are so many fad diets out there. So many people claim to have the answer to get you to your goals in no time at all. It’s crazy and hard to resist. But the truth is, real change takes time. It takes time that we don’t necessarily want to put in. We want results now. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way and that time that seemed so far away is going to come and go in the blink of an eye.
Right now it is November. In 8 months Summer will be here. Eight months is plenty of time to make a DRASTIC change to your health inside and out. If your goal is to lose weight, you can do it in 8 months. If your goal is to gain muscle, you can do it in 8 months. Whatever your goal is, you can make a huge leap toward it in the next 8 months. But the catch is that you have to work toward it EVERY day. That goal needs to be a part of your mindset day in and day out. It can’t be something that you are all in on for 2 weeks and then give up because you have plenty of time and start over in a month. I know I’ve done that plenty of times…
I’ve recently stumbled upon a great way to stay consistent with your fitness goals. It’s ridiculously easy. Anyone can do it and stick to it every day.
All you need to do is come up with a few realistic fitness habits you can do every day as part of your daily routine that will contribute to your health goal.
So for example, my personal goal for the next 8 months is to lose fat and build muscle.
Here are my realistic fitness habits:
- Drink a half gallon of water.
- Break a sweat.
- Hit my protein goal.
- Look at my vision board and repeat my goals.
- One low carb meal.
These 5 things are easy. They are not overwhelming. They are not overly restrictive. They will not take up much of my day. But, they will help me hit my goals.
You are not limited to your 5 realistic fitness habits. If I want to drink more water I can. If I want to do a couple super intense work outs or work out twice in once day, I can. If I want to make sure my entire diet is on point every day with no sugar, I can. But at the VERY LEAST I need to make sure I can check these 5 things off my to-do list for each day.
How to pick your realistic fitness habits
Focus on positives. Pick things you will do instead of things you won’t. For example, don’t pick something like “I will not ___.”
Narrow it down. Try to be specific with these. Avoid generalizations like “I will eat healthy.” Instead focus on a specific aspect of healthy eating you can make sure to do every day.
Be realisitic. Obviously you want to pick things that aren’t too difficult to accomplish.
Make sure they align with your goals. If I decide I want to read a chapter in a book every night that’s a great habit to form, but it won’t get me to my fitness goals. Think, will doing this every day help me toward my end goal?
Pick things that can be flexible. Life is always changing. Your habits that you choose need to be flexible. If you can’t realistically get to the gym everyday, or no you might not if the weather’s bad one day, pick a different habit you can also do at home. I can break a sweat indoors too, so that’s why I chose it. If I skip the gym, I don’t have an excuse to miss my workout.