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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