Sticking to your health and fitness goals can be challenging for even the most iron-willed among us. Sometimes, it’s worth going back to basics and getting our mindset re-focused Here are some tips to help you get there:
DO have a glass half full
You might not think having a positive outlook on life in general has anything to do with sticking to your health and fitness goals but studies have shown how having a ‘glass half full’ mentality can strengthen will power, boost your health overall and promote a stronger immune system so nothing can hold you back. If mantras are your thing, set one as a reminder on your phone to pop up at a time of day when you know your willpower could do with some help; or save a motivational quote as your screensaver. Make sure to change it once in a while so the message doesn’t get stale!
DO get a good night’s sleep
Lack of good quality sleep can leave you irritable, moody and even give you similar bodily reactions to that of a drunk person, including slowed speech, reduced brain functioning and increased clumsiness. Continued sleep deprivation can lead to poor decision making, a poorly functioning immune system, lessen your ability to handle stress and a general feeling of constant fatigue and ill health. If you recognise yourself in any of these side-effects, it’s time to make a concerted effort to get 8 hours of unbroken sleep every night.
DON’T stress out
Stress can affect your body more than you think, along with muscle tension and tension headaches it can cause and contribute to depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart disease, obesity, sexual dysfunction, tooth and gum disease, ulcers and cancer.
Stress during work hours is understandable but make sure that when you physically leave work you mentally leave work too, that means cutting all ties to work like checking emails and making calls. Get into a stress releasing routine, whether it means getting home and taking a bath, or shaking off the day with a long run or at the gym, reading the newspaper on the couch, cooking a delicious meal, talking to your loved ones, or kicking off your shoes and watching your favourite TV channel – is important to help you achieve a balanced outlook and focus on your health goals.
DON’T hang out with unhealthy people
“Birds of a feather flock together” and when your friend is having a slice of cake or having a few drinks it will be hard not to give in to temptation. Encourage your friends and loved ones to change to healthier habits too. Utilise your friends’ best qualities, for example if you have a friend that always works out, then join them, if you have a friend that is lazy but eats well then plan a lunch social with them. You can motivate one another to be better, healthier individuals!
For more healthy motivational advice, read 9 Do’s and Don’t to motivate you.
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