We all know how hard it can be to get fit. There’s a reason why it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. People buy all sorts of gadgets and tools to try and make the process faster and easier. But, at the end of the day, it all boils down to your commitment. It’s hard work to get fit, and there is no shortcut to doing so. Of course, there are some things you can do to make it easier on yourself.
#1 Find your motivation
Finding your inner source of motivation is the first step for most people. Motivation is what gets you started on working towards a healthier lifestyle.
#2 Make it a habit
Motivation fades with time. That’s why, with that initial burst of motivation, you need to commit yourself to making some habitual changes. Stop drinking coffee, start walking each night–change something for the better.
#3 Get a buddy
An accountability partner can be the key to sticking to your fitness plan even on days where it feels like everyone is against you. You can get one locally, perhaps by finding someone at the gym, or you can join an online weight loss forum and find one there.
#4 Don’t let others hold you back
Oftentimes, those closest to us won’t support our fitness journey. It could be jealousy, concern, or the fact that they want you to feel good just the way you are. Whether their lack of support comes from a good place or bad one, realize it’s something most people face and you shouldn’t let them hold you back.
#5 Realize there will be ups and downs
No one is perfect and weight loss isn’t linear. You’re going to have days where you do everything right and the scale doesn’t budge. In fact, this can happen for weeks at a time and the scale can even crawl up a bit. You have to stay true to your goals and commitment. Just remind yourself: Quitting isn’t going to help you move forward.
#6 Reward yourself along the way
Rewarding yourself with new workout clothes or something else that will further support your fitness journey is always a fantastic way to stay on track.
#7 Love yourself from day one
You shouldn’t set out on a fitness journey because you’re obsessed with changing yourself. Your fitness journey should be rooted in a place of self-love and acceptance. Be grateful for your body and be inspired to get even healthier for yourself.