Losing weight and getting healthy is a lifelong commitment, however, for some people, thinking so far ahead and realizing that they may very well have to spend time at the gym, for the rest of their life may be way too intimidating to deal with. This is one of the reasons why setting shorter term goals, with very verifiable results, after only a few short weeks or months, is a wonderful way of sprucing up your workouts as well as your eating plan.
A lifestyle change is difficult, especially if it involves radically changes activities that have been so thoroughly ingrained in the first place. It is truly amazing to see how easily our bodies and minds are programmed to stop at the local fast food joint – instead of at the local grocery store or farmer’s market.
Indeed, choosing to eat healthy and nutritious foods can almost feel as though it goes against our very nature and spending quality time at the gym, walking or running on the treadmill, may very well be one of the most difficult things to embrace – ever. However, the truth is that if you want to live a healthy, lean and happy life – you WILL have to change your eating habits and you WILL have to visit your local gym or workout from home. There is simply NO WAY AROUND IT.
However, handy little tricks, such as setting out short term goals can make the entire process a little bit easier – especially as you find yourself meeting more and more of these goals and then, in turn, setting new ones with enthusiasm.
In reality, human beings, in many cases, are incredibly goal oriented – we like to be successful and have that feeling of having truly accomplished something. By setting realistic short term fitness goals, you can actually get this feeling, on a regular basis, which, in turn, will motivate you to continue on.
However, short term goals need to be carefully monitored – so, creating some kind of recording of your progress, towards these goals, is essential. Consider writing down your goals – but also the “means” by which you plan on getting there – and be detailed and specific about this. Each time you achieve a milestone, record it and celebrate it – you will be amazed at how quickly you get to where you want to be.
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