Keeping consistent in our journey to better health or in most cases weight loss is typically the toughest part of getting to where we want to be and I want to share with you a few tips that may help you along the way. In my experience the main reason myself or others that I have worked with have slipped in their exercise or diet routines is getting stuck in a rut and becoming bored of the program they have started. Refreshing our workouts and meals as much as possible is essential to remaining excited on this journey.
Instead of going to the gym and running or cycling for over an hour to burn the calories you set your goal for, try using these aerobic exercises for 15-20 minutes to begin your workout then switching to some light weight training. Throw in some jump rope and stretching exercises and you will be amazed how much faster your trip to the gym goes by. When we stay on the treadmill for hours and hours each week the time begins to drag along and it seems like we are at the gym for a lifetime. Mix it up and keep it exciting and time will begin to fly by.
When it comes to dieting the same rule applies. We eventually get burned out on eating the same meals day in and day out. When we get burned out on the food we are consuming, those treats at the store and quick trips to the fast food restaurants begin to become more and more appealing. Start looking up some new recipes where you can utilize those veggies you are putting in the same old meals and have fun with it. There are so many different sauces you can make to spice things up as well. Stock up your spice rack and grab a few different vinegars and healthy oils and you will be shocked by the different flavor profiles you can find to mix up your meals.
Last but not least, don't forget to exercise your mind. It is important to acknowledge the interaction between body and mind and to keep each of them sharp. Try completing some puzzles, play board games with friends or family, read a book every couple weeks. These exercises will help clear your mind and stay focused. Sometimes when we lose focus in life we let our goals slip and lose all of the progress we worked so hard to gain. Life can be so much easier if we can master consistency. Constantly gaining progress and losing it repeatedly can be draining on our lives. So switch up those meals and exercises and work on keeping your mind sharp and focused. In no time you will see the difference and reap the benefits.