How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

It’s the time of year when we set New Year’s resolutions. We tell ourselves that we will read more books, go to the gym 3 times a week and cut down on junk food. Although we have good intentions, we will abandon our new goals sometime in January.

I’m speaking from experience. Over the years I used to have a love-hate relationship with exercise. I’d literally lost count of how many times I promised myself that I’d start a new fitness regime only to give up a few weeks later. As a Queen of Excuses, I used to claim that “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have time” etc. Does it sound familiar?

However, last year I made a decision that it was about time I become more serious about exercising. I decided not to do it to shed X amount of pounds from my body but to simply be healthier and feel more energised.

Knowing my history, jumping into a rigorous workout routine was not going to work for me. So instead I prepared a small plan to change my attitude towards exercising and make it fun.

If you’re anything like me, I hope these simple steps help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Remember exercise shouldn’t be a punishment.

How to achieve your health and fitness goalsEstablish achievable goals

Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you expect too much in a short period of time and don’t see desired effects, your motivation will decrease.

Don’t put pressure on yourself. For example, I initially started following a simple four-week plan that helped me work up to walking (without stopping) to 30 minutes.

Stay positive

We all have ups and downs. It’s normal. The key to success is believing that you can do it.

Keep it healthy 

Although I’m a huge chocoholic and could literally have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I scoured Pinterest for some easy to prepare healthy eating recipes. I also keep a supply of nuts and seeds in my desk drawer, which come in handy when I hit a mid-morning slump.

Having said that I still allow myself to have some treats once or twice a week. My body craves sugar and I learnt not to beat myself up for a moment of weakness. 

Do what you enjoy

Don’t force yourself into doing something that you don’t enjoy. As I don’t like the idea of going to the gym, I work out from home. A while ago I bought a boxing bag and a bunch of DVDs so I try to switch my routines to push my body and mind.

How do you achieve your health and fitness goals? Do you have a fitness routine? 

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  • Thanks for sharing! x

    Daniel x

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  • This is very helpful! Thanks for sharing! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Hillory Renkema

    Awe this is such a great post, I have so many fitness goals for the new year, so your tips are super helpful!

    xo,

    H

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  • Marisa Cavaleiro

    They are
    good tips, usually at the beginning of the year we are all excited, but
    then throughout the year we are losing our will …
    xoxo

    marisascloset.blogspot.com

  • Great tips! Happy New Year

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Denise

    Oh it’s all so true… Rome wasn’t built in a day…annd that love-hate relationship with gym, I totally get it… I really have to do something, for years I have been telling me that… thank you for all the tips, I am staying positive!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  • I think that’s key, to make it more about being a healthier version of yourself as opposed to losing a specific number of pounds. I feel then it feels more like work and it makes it less enjoyable. When you feel like you’re doing something for you body that will make you feel better from the inside out, as opposed from the outside in, we’re more likely to stick with it. The same goes for making healthier food choices, too. Thanks for sharing these suggestions with us, beautiful, and I wish you much success in all you set out to accomplish this year!

    XO,

    Jalisa

    THE STYLE CONTOUR

    • Exactly. If we do something we enjoy, we will definitely be more motivated to keep up the good work.

  • I totally agree with you my dear. I have same problem after NYE!!!! :-)))))
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful 2018!!!
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  • I think they key is to choose something that makes you feel happy! xx

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    • Exactly. It will be then a lot easier to stick to it.

  • Thegfguide.com

    Great tips! I have on purpose not set goals for myself, but want to stay healthy this year or even improve it! I wish you all the best for 2018!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

  • Thanks for sharing, I really want to stay fit this year. Happy New Year.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  • Establishing achievable goals is really great advice! So often, we bite off more than we can chew and end up disappointed; small bite-size chunks is definitely the way to go when it comes to setting fitness goals 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Thank you Rashmi. Happy Birthday.