Tip #1 – Find a Buddy
More than anything else on this list, having a partner (or two or three) who is as motivated (or even more motivated) than you will keep you accountable and push you to stay on track. Without someone to whom you feel responsible, it’s too easy to slip off track. The truth is that a little peer pressure is good for you, especially when your peers have the same goals as you do.
Tip #2 – Set Goals
Your fitness goal needs to be more clearly defined than “get in shape.” The problem with vague goals is that they provide you no final destination, which means the motivation to reach the end isn’t as great. When your goal is something definite, like “lose 25 pounds,” you’ll be able to track your progress towards it in definite increments. Reaching the halfway point, for example, feels great, and gives you incentive to keep working towards the ultimate goal.
The other problem with vague goals is that they are sign you haven’t given your fitness plan enough thought. To get in shape you need to know how many calories you should eat a day, what your healthy weight range is, and what types of exercise you should do to get fit. Once you know these things, you can build very specific goals around them.
Tip #3 – Advertise Your Goals on Social Media and Tell Everyone You Know
Publicizing your fitness goals through social media is like having an accountability buddy on overdrive. Then tell your friends that you want them to hold you accountable. Make sure your friends call you out about your progress; this will help ensure you are obligated to follow through. Again, a little pressure and guilt are good things to have in your life if you are serious about your goals. What’s best about this is, when you post an update saying you’re halfway to your goal, you’ll get tons of likes and positive feedback. When they see you in person, your friends will know to compliment you on your progress. And that encouragement will make all the hard work seem worth it (and a little more manageable).
Tip #4 – Set Yourself up for Success
- Do a kitchen cleanse:
- Throw away all the bad for your foods and go shopping for new healthy stuff
- Write down your goals and post them on your mirror, your fridge, INSIDE your fridge, at your office, etc
- Find that outfit that you really want to get into, and hang it up somewhere that you’ll see it everyday
- Schedule target dates on your calendar with specific goals to meet by those days
Establish your support group: trainers, dietitians, friends and family and make sure you know who is going to support you and who is going to sabotage you.