No matter where we are on our journey in health & fitness, we all have goals and targets. Whether they are written down with a deadline or mere thoughts floating around in our head, goals are what keep us going and keep us motivated. When you are taking up a healthy lifestyle, setting tangible, realistic goals will not only keep you aiming for something but seeing your progress occur in front of your eyes is a fantastic motivator.
Setting yourself short term, weekly goals (eg. drink more water this week) alongside monthly goals (eg. lose 4 pounds) will make the journey towards any long-term goals become very manageable, as you realise that hitting the long-term goals require many differing short-term factors to assist you along the way.
Keeping track of your exercise and healthy eating through a journal or exercise diary will help you keep track of how you’re getting on. Record how you feel after each exercise session and visualise how maintaining this routine will get you to where you want to be. Remember, exercise is something to look forward to so find an activity that you enjoy and stick with it!
Carbohydrates get a lot of focus when it comes to healthy eating; should they be avoided? The truth is that simple sugars in abundance will not do you good in the long run, whereas natural carbohydrates eg. oats or potatoes can be some of the most nutritious foods available. The key is, of course, moderation. Having a small portion of natural carbohydrates with a meal will keep you satisfied, whereas adding sugar to your coffee, overloading on bread in sandwiches or toast will naturally delay your fitness goals while likely leaving you bloated and seeing you spike in energy levels – tempting you to reach for those biscuits at 4 pm. Avoid the downward spiral!