So you make a fitness goal, chart out a schedule for workouts, get the perfect diet plan from your dietician and for a week or so, you follow it religiously. Then you have to head toa party or work late night and slowly and steadily, you’re off the wagon. But that’s okay, you neither have to give up on your long-term goal nor do you have to beat yourself up for deviating. Instead, do the following.
1. Ditch Short-term Resolutions
Most of the fitness goals slump because they are meant to serve a short-term purpose. You want to fit perfectly in hat dress, your sister’s getting married so you want to look your best at her marriage are some of the short-term goals that backs our fitness goal. So, we follow the diet plan, make this monumental target in our heads and overestimate our ability to achieve it in a stipulated time. And in the end, only disappoint ourselves. To avoid this, we should put more efforts in building habits, which will stick longer with you.
2. Feed on Motivation
No matter how driven you are towards your goal, it’s only human nature to feel demotivated every now and then. It all starts with one trip to the mall where you see your friends hogging your beloved pizza and then you succumb to it. You think it’s one cheat day but in no time you’ll discover that you’re back to square one. But it’s okay to cheat sometimes, but when you do, know that you need to feed on some motivation, remember why you started and get back on the track.
3. Surround Yourself With People Who Understand You
Share your goals and needs with people you care about. Tell them how much your goal means to you and they’ll act as the perfect reminder when you’re getting off the track. Along with this, when you confide in someone and people are aware of your goal, then your chances of achieving them is easily manifolded, for you know in the back of your head that you’re accountable to someone.
4. Incorporate Regular Awards
There’s no denying that big goals take a lot of time to be achieved. However, in the midst of big goals, don’t forget to celebrate the small accomplishments. We’re humans and undeniably, we need a little push here and there. These teeny tiny gifts give us the much needed push and makes us realise the worth of the bigger picture.
5. Revise Your Goals
We all know that change is the only constant. As you evolve, so should your goals. Your initial aim may be to shed off 10kgs so you can wear that dress you love but once you’ve achieved that, you may give up fitness as a whole, only to gain the weight that you’ve lost. So, it’s always advisable that you revisit your goals often and ensure that they’re big enough to keep you motivated.
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