Before you set off on a new fitness plan, you should sit down and take a hard look at yourself—what you want to achieve and what’s behind your desire to change.
It certainly helps to be in a good place in your life before you make a major shift in lifestyle, which is typically what happens when folks add a regular workout program to their routines.
Ask yourself if you are ready to make a change. If the answer is definitely “yes,” then start asking yourself how you will be able to stay motivated even when the going gets tough.
Take a Readiness Quiz
Make up a series of questions on your own or take a weight loss readiness quiz online. Questions should be tough and examine your motivation to make a change for the better. Ask yourself if you are ready to get rid of negative influences in your life and if you are willing to commit to a plan that requires a drastic overhaul in your diet and exercise patterns. Think hard about what you need to do to get in shape and decide if you will be able to stick with the routine.
Find Your Personal Motivation
Really examine the reasons you want to get in shape. Is it for better health? An amazing set of abs? Whatever it is, identify it and then focus on it whenever you feel tempted to fall back into old habits. For instance, if you feel the urge to have a pig-out session instead of working out, dig up some old photos when you were in your prime and look at them instead.
Make a Gradual Change
No one ever said you had to turn into a gym rat overnight. If you are unsure about your commitment level, start out small. Increase your level of physical activity on a day to day basis. Little changes like walking the dog instead of letting him out back and taking the stairs instead of the elevator makes a big difference in the long run. For cardio and weight training, start with shorter sessions a couple of days per week. Gradually increase the time and intensity each week until you reach your exercise goals.
Major life transformations take time and a strong effort on your part. Getting over mental hurdles and concentrating on your motivating factors makes getting into shape a snap.
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