Sticking with anything is hard but anything worth having takes work. If you want a six pack or even if you just want to lose a few pounds it will take some blood, sweat and tears. Maybe blood is a little overdramatic, unless you’re running and you wipe out, then there will be blood. The hardest part in reaching a fitness goal is staying consistent, not just consistency in the gym but at home when you’re making a decision on what to eat. Eating clean is difficult for most people, thats why making a meal plan and meal prepping is so important. People are less likely to cheat on their goals if they are surrounded with easy grab healthy foods. Healthy snacks can be as easy as having pre cut veggies and fruit, trail mix (without delicious crap aka milk chocolate), protein powder, power balls, hard boiled eggs etc. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for all things delicious and healthy, try and focus on foods that are minimally processed and don’t have added sugar. Eating healthy when you’re prepared is not hard, sometimes you may slip up but as long as you bounce back and don’t wallow in your mistake it will be smooth sailing.
Getting to the gym at least three times a week can be hard because well it involves leaving your house. If you live in Canada and there is snow up to your armpits it’s even harder to leave your house. Weather is a legit excuse for not getting to the gym, but you can always work out at home. I am personally not a fan of home workouts but if I have no other choice, I will. Other than the weather, illness or an injury there is no excuse to not go to the gym. People often lose interest in the gym because they haven’t found a form of exercise that they enjoy. Some people like Crossfit, some people like Zumba, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are having fun doing it. If you enjoy doing something you are more likely to stick with it. It may take a few tries to find something that you want to do almost everyday but keep trying! And just remember that working out isn’t always easy, even if you enjoy it. Aside from finding something you enjoy, here are some other tips to help you make the gym a part of your daily routine:
1. Find someone to keep you accountable
Whether it’s a trainer or a friend, find someone that is going to help motivate you and keep you accountable.
2. Find a time that works for you
Some people are early birds and some are night hawks, find a time that’s perfect for you. Sometimes you have to switch up your time to fit into your schedule, but make it work no matter what! If your goals are important then the gym needs to be one of your top priorities
3. Make a vision board
This may sound crazy but it honestly works. I make my vision board on Pinterest and make a point to look at it everyday for motivation.
4. Set reward milestones
Every time you go to the gym put a gold star on your calendar (who doesn’t love gold stars?), if you make it to the gym more than 12 times a month reward yourself with a new tech gadget or a new workout outfit. Whatever you do, do not reward yourself with junk food.
5.Make a plan
Sit down at the beginning of the week, or whenever you have time and develop a plan. Make or find a workout for everyday that you plan to go to the gym, if you don’t have a plan you won’t stay consistent.
It’s ok to fall off track as long as you get right back at it, let your goals drive your motivation and don’t be too hard on yourself.