8 Tips To Stay Motivated On Your Fitness Journey

March 6th, 2017

1. Fitness first – Nutrition will follow
It’s not to say that your diet isn’t important but I find that when I’ve exercised I’m a lot less likely to eat something I shouldn’t. There’s nothing worse than eating a soup and salad for lunch and being sat at home all day doing nothing, you’ll get hungry and snack. Make sure you get active. 

2. Be realistic
There’s not many of us who train 6 times a day, ease yourself in and make gym a place you visit twice a week, you won’t hate it so much and I could bet you £10 that you’ll start to look forward to your workout days. If you’re not a gym goer then make your jog a twice a week thing, or your exercise class.

3. What do you enjoy?
In the same way we all have our food preferences it’s perfectly fine to have an exercise preference, some go to the gym, others prefer calisthetics, some go to exercise classes…so if one form of exercise isn’t working for you that’s fine, just work on finding something that you enjoy. This month visit a local sports team, try a new class, go for a jog, try something you wouldn’t expect yourself enjoying and you might surprise yourself. 

4. Have a friend keep you in check
Share with them how much your fitness journey means to you and that you need support from time to time, tell them your plans, what foods you plan to eat less of and which types of exercises you’ll be doing and get them to check in with you to see you’ve done it. It’s a big thing to do if you’re a closed person like me but it really helps especially if you’re not surrounded by people whose fitness and health level is not a concern. 

5. Do not check your progress daily or even weekly
Purely based on my own personal experiences, I noticed changes with my body about 6 weeks into exercising 2 – 3 times a week and eating better. Do not check your progress weekly, this fitness journey is one to be enjoyed, look forward to the small changes you see overtime, don’t obsess over your end goal because it might be you change your mind and want to build muscle and not lose it (for example). Daily pictures and mirror checks are a distraction. Weighing daily is also a massive no, not. Water

6. Write all of your fitness plans and follow them
Freestyling in the gym can be dangerous particularly when you are starting out your fitness journey. The night before your workout day write down exactly what you plan to do and make sure you stick to it in the gym. 

7. Be creative with food
Make sure you follow me on Snap chat (HRThighness) and keep an eye out for the food section on here as I’ll be sharing a lot of my nice recipes, also save videos on Instagram, find healthy food feeds that you can steal ideas from, go crazy. White chicken and green veg is not the only answer.

8. Treat yourself to some fitness gadgets/fitness gear
(I meant to say look good, feel good play good in the video)…Even if it’s a new notepad that you keep as your fitness journal, a new sports bra, new running trainers, new food containers, buying new stuff always motivates me (and also makes me feel guilty if I’m slacking). So treat yourself and get excited for your fitness journey that you do not have to rush and can enjoy x

Malika – I Live

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