This is a very popular topic in the health/fitness industry, how to stay motivated, how to get fit, how to have a healthy relationship with fitness… the truth is that no one said it’s easy but there are some tips that may help you achieve that mindset and get on that track.
1. KNOW WHY ARE YOU DOING IT
Finding a core motivation on why to do something is very important when it comes to “wanting to get fit” it’s usually a full lifestyle change, which makes it very difficult to do overnight.
Think about what is the reason why you want to make that change, and I’ll repeat: why YOU want to make that change.
The first step is doing it because you want to. If you are/feel forced into it the higher the risk of failing.
2. KNOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING
Most people when they try to “get fit” or “into shape” or “lose a couple of kgs” they just restrict their food, without knowing how much are they cutting out, and while that can be healthy sometimes,(intuitive eaters that know what they’re doing) other times it can get dangerous.
Getting in a caloric deficit is something important to track and understand, we are not going to get too deep on how to cut calories but it’s very important to never go under your BMR. If you don’t exactly know how to do this get in touch with a nutritionist that knows what he’s doing or do a bit of research on how to healthily cut without damaging your metabolism, yo-yo dieting you feel me?
Do your research on metabolic damage before going on a caloric deficit.
3. UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR BODY WORKS
When getting into this fit lifestyle we advise you to educate yourself first.
The most important things to understand before committing to a lifestyle change like this are:
- Eat real food: Food that is nutritious, full of micronutrients, mostly unprocessed, free of chemicals and additives. While eating processed foods can be more convenient since it’s easier, eating real foods often mean you’ll be able to eat more. Did you know that 100 grams of donut equals arrant 400 calories and 100 grams of apples equal 50 calories?
- Understand where your calories go and where do they come from.
TDEE = BMR + PA +NEAT +TEF
Total Daily Energy Expenditure = Basal Metabolic Rate + Physical Activity + Non-Exercise Activity thermogenesis + Thermic Effect of Food.
We’ll go through this in another blog post but is important to keep in mind and research on it if interested.
4. TRACK YOUR SUCCESS
It’s very easy to get into a new routine and feel you aren’t seeing any changes. You weigh yourself on the scale and its the same number if not higher. Well, I got news for you, weight isn’t important. Take pictures of your progress, measure yourself, know your muscle mass, know your fat percentage and compare those factors. Muscle weighs more than fat.
If you are easily motivated by numbers write them down and track them every month to see how you are progressing.
If you get stressed by numbers and demotivated keep taking pictures of your progress from different angles on the same clothes and keep them on the same folder to see how far you’ve come.
5. FIND INSPIRATION AND INNER WILL
Personal strength is important when it comes to changing your lifestyle because it’s never easy.
Not everyone is excited to go to the gym every day, but often you have too much through.
It’s useful to do a list why you personally want this change in your life to be able to read it when unmotivated to remind you why you started.
We also recommend looking for inspirational quotes/images that motivate you to keep working towards your goal.
But always remember that you are competing against you, don’t compare yourself to others, we are all different, the only person who you should compare to is yourself.
Hope these tips help you in some way, please if you have a tip we haven’t mentioned let us know in the comments!
Have a nice weekend!