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4 Simple Ways to Meet Your Fitness Goals

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Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.

Self-Love Fuels Fitness

There's always time to start creating healthy habits and work toward achieving your fitness goals. It doesn't have to be complicated, you don't need any fancy equipment or expensive clothes, you don't even need a lot of money. The four following tips are simple, practical, and you can begin today.

4 Tips for Your Fitness Journey

  1. Set a realistic goal.
  2. Find movement that you love.
  3. Pay attention to what you eat.
  4. Hold yourself accountable.

Don't stress about past failures. If you've gained some weight, don't get down on yourself. It's not helpful to beat yourself up, allowing that little voice in your head to spew negativity and stop you from moving forward. Don't stand in your own way. Try to look at it from a different perspective. That was simply a season in your life. It happened, it's over. Appreciate that you made it through last year, had fun embracing summer, and hopefully got to spend some time with the people you love most.

Now you can focus on yourself. It's time to create sustainable, healthy habits and work toward your weight-loss goal. Grab your favorite beverage, a pen and paper, and get ready to commit to achieving your goals.

1. Set a Realistic Goal

The first step is figuring out what you want and why you want it. What are your goals? Ask yourself if they sound reasonable. Be honest. Adjust if necessary, and then write down three to five reasons why you want to achieve your goals. Be specific.

Two years ago, I seriously set out on my own fitness journey. At the time, I was working out every day, but not seeing results. I didn't understand how I could be working out as much as I did, but not seeing the progress I expected. I was tired of stepping on the scale at the doctor's office and dreading the number the nurse read off to me; sick of recovering from injuries that old fitness programs had left me with; and I wanted to actually look like I worked out.

I set my goal accordingly. I would focus on building strength, losing fat, and being healthy.

There are several factors you should consider when setting your goal. Think about your overall lifestyle, your habits, what your body looks like right now, and what you want your body to look like. Most importantly, think about how you feel right now and how you'd like to feel. Let those things help guide you with your goal. Understand that this is a journey and just as you didn't get out of shape overnight, you won't get fit as that either. Taking it slow and doing it right, with no shortcuts is the best way to achieve long-term, sustainable health and wellness.

2. Find Movement You Love

After you have your goal, it's time to focus on movement. To lose weight, you need to move more. What do you love to do? Dance? Walk? Lift heavy things? You don't need to join a gym or pay for an expensive streaming fitness program to get fit. You can if you want to, a gym has all the equipment you'll need and many offer personal training services. This would be a great option if you don't know where to start.

Alternatively, you could search the internet for a fitness program that aligns with your overall goal. Nowadays there's an online fitness program for everyone. I encourage you to search YouTube and Vimeo for samples of the fitness programs you're looking at to make sure it's something you can stick with before you shell out your hard-earned money.

But I'm also going to share my secret with you. Consistency is key, no matter what you choose. I was able to lose 25 pounds by sticking with two free programs from the comfort of my own home. I kept that weight off by continuing those free programs and incorporating a few others I enjoyed, all for free.

Make sure you have the proper equipment for whatever you choose. Good, supportive shoes are a must if you'll be walking or going to the gym. If you're looking to stay home, the basics include a yoga mat, a light pair of hand weights, and a resistance band. You can start with no equipment at all and slowly build up your home gym.

The right equipment is crucial to sustainable progress.

The right equipment is crucial to sustainable progress.

3. Pay Attention to What You're Eating

There's a lot of diet and nutrition advice floating around. Numerous programs make outlandish claims and trends come and go in the diet world. However, it doesn't have to be complicated.

If you're interested in a certain nutrition program and your doctor has given the green light, go for it! Just make sure it's something you can stick with for the long haul.

This is where I've always struggled and the reason I was stuck in an endless cycle. It wasn't until I took an honest look at how much I was eating that I started seeing the weight come off. As I started to see what a portion size actually looked like and compared choices, I was able to make better decisions about what I was eating. To help me lose that initial 25 pounds, I used the free version of MyFitnessPal. I bought a scale to help me track my progress and I got to work. I didn't follow a strict diet nor did I cut out foods I love to eat. I simply became more aware of what I was eating.

Nutrient-dense foods provide more energy and help power your pody to achieve your goals.

Nutrient-dense foods provide more energy and help power your pody to achieve your goals.

4. Hold Yourself Accountable

There will be days when you don't want to or can't workout. Likewise, there will be times when you want to indulge and fall off your nutrition plan. Some days will be easier to resist and get your tush in gear, others you'll want to throw in the towel. This is when you need to hold yourself accountable. Revisit those reasons you wrote down. Why do you want to achieve this goal? What does it mean for you?

Make exercise a priority. Schedule your workouts in your calendar. You wouldn't miss a day of work because you didn't want to go in or skip paying a bill because you didn't feel like paying it, would you? Treat your workouts the same. If life gets in the way, get back to it the next day. If you steer off your nutrition program, don't waste time beating yourself up. Drink a glass of water and go for a walk. Get back to it the next day.

Remember, this is a journey. There will be ups and downs. Don't quit; pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on track.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

I completely agree David!

David Mus on August 15, 2021:

I like your idea about not needing a gym or an expensive fitness program. I believe it is the commitment that matters. Enjoying every moment also makes the experience worthwhile and drives you each day once you set out on your weight journey.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

The struggle is real Denise! I feel ya! One day at a time. :)

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

Agreed! Thank you Peggy!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

Consistency is key, one day at a time. :) Thank you Dora! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

Good luck to you Bill! I'm sure you'll do fine and you'll be back at it after a quick healing period.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 13, 2021:

Number 3 has always been my downfall. Not the what but the how much. I try reducing portions but still feel like I'm getting nowhere. Thanks for the encouragement.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 13, 2021:

Consistency is always the key to any kind of success. Congratulations on your success.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 13, 2021:

Now, to be consistent with #2, and I'd be all set. Thanks for the suggestions. Your tone is very encouraging.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 13, 2021:

I like that "find movement you love" tip. That's a great line and suggestion.

I'm about two weeks away from a total hip replacement. I wonder how much weight I will gain during rehab. I'll keep you posted. :) Happy Weekend to you!

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