If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from reaching your fitness goals. It’s important to find a healthy balance between your everyday responsibilities and the time you dedicate to your well-being and fitness goals. Below is a list of tips on how to overcome some common obstacles that may be preventing you from reaching your fitness goals.
1. How to commit and stay committed – It isn’t easy staying or even getting motivated to exercise, especially if you’re a beginner. In fact, most avid exercisers would probably agree that some days they got it, some days they don’t. So how do you actually commit?
• Start by writing down a list of small, easy goals you WILL attain – Big ￼goals can feel overwhelming, causing procrastination and frustration if progress isn’t happening as fast. Begin by writing down ways that you can accomplish those goals. Come up with simple ideas that you know you can take action on every day. For example, it can be something simple as setting your alarm an extra 10 minutes earlier in the morning to take a quick walk before you start your day. Commit to this daily and show yourself you are capable and then step it up little by little each day. You will keep yourself on track this way. By completing smaller goals, you will then have the confidence and reassurance that will help you reach your larger goals.
2. How to break bad eating habits – Most of us our creatures of habit. We buy the same foods from the same grocery store, prepare the same recipes over and over, and live within our own familiar routines. However, if you’re serious about eating healthier and losing weight, you’re going to need to break your bad eating habits and create healthy habits (don’t worry, we’re not saying you can never enjoy a slice of pizza again). Here’s a few tips on how to start:
• Take baby steps – Start by cutting out the small bad habits in your diet. Do you get extra syrup and whipped cream on your Grande gingerbread latte? Opt for french fries as a side instead of a salad? Often grab a sugary drink instead of water to clench your thirst? If so, start by taking baby steps and eliminating the small bad habits in your diet. Avoid the extra’s in your coffee, try replacing your french fries with a side salad twice a week, reduce the amount of sugary drinks you allow yourself per day and replace your fried chicken with grilled chicken in your salad. Making small changes in your diet can improve your health as well as trim your waistline.
• Be mindful of what you put in your body – Pay more attention to what you’re eating and drinking by reading food labels. Become familiar with lists of ingredients, and start to take notice of everything you put into your mouth. Once you become more aware of what you’re eating, you’ll start to realize how you need to improve your diet.
3. How to make time – Lack of time is one of the most common excuses people give for skipping exercise. Sure everybody feels busy, but being busy is all about priorities and if you really want to achieve something you will make time and consider it a priority.
• Plan ahead – Schedule your workouts in your calendar as reoccurring appointments. This will create a habit and pattern and you will no longer have to continuously think about it.
• Have alternate workout times for events that interfere with your normal workout schedule – One of the good things about X3 Sports is we have multiple class times to chose from. For example, if you have dinner plans that interfere with your evening class then schedule your workout for the morning.
• Don’t over estimate the effort needed – Think about it this way; if you workout 2-3 times per week out of a 168 total hours it’s less than 2% of your time.
Now give some of these a try. Don’t let these obstacles come in between you and your fitness goals. Schedule your free class at X3 Sports here or fill out the form on the right.