Guide to Healthy Habits: The HIT Fit Way
If we take a look at the big picture of fitness, most people understand the general principles of what it takes to reach your goals. Eating right and exercising properly is the key to a solid physique and healthy body.
However, where most people struggle is to maintain those results once they reach them. We hear all the time about these different fad diets that produce quick results, but what good is that if you can’t keep those results??
In today’s article, we’ll go over some tips on how to maintain your results and establish life long healthy habits! This way, you won’t be constantly spinning your wheels by gaining and losing the same 10 lbs year after year!
- Make Small and Realistic Goals
Setting realistic goals will keep you motivated to stay on track with your exercise and nutrition. If your goals are unrealistic or too big, this can cause you to become discouraged and give up! Instead of telling yourself, “I’m going to lose 50 lbs in two months!” Try shooting for 10 lbs instead.
Fitness is a lifelong journey and the work never stops. Unless you are doing a bodybuilding show, there’s no reason to rush and lose weight too quickly!
We don’t want your fitness to make you miserable! Start by setting small weekly goals for yourself that are realistic to your lifestyle and frequency of exercise.
- Find/Create 1-2 Healthy Meals you enjoy!
Society has plagued healthy foods as boring or flavorless but with enough creativity, they can be delicious AND nutritious! You don’t have to eat bland tilapia and asparagus every single day to get in shape.
The meals you eat should tailor to your preference! For example, if there is a specific vegetable you like the most, find a way to incorporate that into your daily nutrition.
If you enjoy spicy food, look for some healthy low calorie spicy condiments in the store and use those to flavor your dishes. If you can create one to two healthy meals that you enjoy the taste of that are also helping you get in shape, this will make the journey much more sustainable and enjoyable!
Check out THIS RECIPE for some awesome protein pumpkin pancakes!
- Commit to at least 2 workouts a week!
The longer you go without exercising, the harder it’s going to be to get back into a routine. At the beginning of each week, commit to working out at least twice!
Don’t try and find time, make time! Clear a few spots on your schedule and leave time open to yourself to come into the gym and workout.
The more consistent you are with your exercise, the less of a chore it will be to stick to it. Making exercise a part of your life, just like going to the store or work, is one step closer to reaching your goals.
Don’t look at exercise as a chore, but rather as a way to relieve stress from the day and work on yourself for an hour!
- Allow Yourself Some Flexibility
At some point during your journey, there will be times where you don’t feel as motivated or life gets in the way. That is okay! Nobody is perfect and we cannot be 100% on top of our fitness every single day! There will be days where you make poor food choices or skip your workouts.
The worst thing you can do is let these off days derail you or discourage you enough to give up. One day where you don’t exercise or one bad meal is not going to destroy all your progress. It’s when you stop completely and make poor nutritional choices for days, weeks and months where you start to take steps backwards.
If you fall off one day, jump right back onto your routine the following day. There is no need to severely restrict calories or do excessive exercise to compensate.
Remember, consistency is key and as long as you are on top of your routine for the majority of the time you will see progress! Try to avoid the “all or nothing” mentality as this can result in wheel spinning!
If motivation to workout is something you struggle with, our Semi-Private training program may be an option for you! Our trainers have more personal time with you to go over your goals and keep you accountable to them. This will also give you an opportunity to have check ins with your coach.
Let them know you are having a hard time and be transparent. Your trainer will help provide a game plan going forward to help you stay on track! Ask about our Semi-Private training program during your next visit and click on THIS LINK to learn more!