No matter how dedicated you are to your fitness goals, the holidays can make you wander off track. Unfortunately, it’s often more difficult to find your way back than it was to begin your fitness routine in the first place.
Getting Back to Your Routine
Even if the holidays have thrown you off your game, it’s never too late to pick it back up. Each day offers a fresh start. Here are some tips to help you get motivated.
1. Hold yourself accountable.
Nothing’s more sobering than tracking what you eat. Every tiny piece of candy, each “taste” of something decadent.
Keeping a log of what you eat and how much you exercise daily gives you an accurate idea of where your problem is. To make tracking easier, check out apps like Lose It! and MyFitnessPal.
2. Get organized.
Mornings are hectic. You’re less likely to stay on track if you have to scramble around putting your gym bag together or scrounging for something healthy to eat.
To combat this, prepare nightly for the following day. Get your exercise clothes or gym bag ready, plan your meals (and prep them if at all possible). Make it easy on yourself.
3. Toss the junk.
You can’t be tempted if there’s nothing tempting in your home. Have a weakness for sweets? Then throw them out and avoid buying them again.
Bonus tip: Don’t grocery shop hungry! Doing so causes you to grab everything in sight. Instead, eat a snack before you go, make a list, and then stick to that list. Download my free Healthy Grocery List below!
4. Avoid nighttime binging.
You’ve done great all day, but now it’s 10 p.m. and you’re starving. Not a good thing. Try eating all your bigger meals earlier in the day so you’re not famished right before bed.
Also, set a time when your kitchen is “closed” each evening. Clear the dishes, turn the lights off, and don’t go back in there.
5. Find a friend.
Working out with a buddy helps keep you motivated. If someone’s waiting for you at a specific time, you’re less likely to skip the sweat session. When this doesn’t work, consider hiring a personal trainer.
You can even participate in online personal training programs and exercise from the comfort of your own home.
6. Set specific goals.
Setting realistic — but firm — goals keeps you going. It’s much easier to exercise when you know what you’re working toward. Plan something special, like a beach trip or a marathon, to get ready for.
For more tips on how to get back on track after the holidays, contact Ralph Roberts Training today.
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