Are you one of those individuals who find themselves creating elaborate and detailed training or meal plans. Only to find that Tuesday has come around and you’ve still not made it to the gym and consumed excessive calories?
You are not alone… It can be very easy to plan reaching your fitness goals but so much harder to actually execute on those plans.
However, it’s always the action and not the words that provides results.
By following these three simple steps, you will be more accountable and thus motivated to work towards your fitness goals.
Strive to eat healthy and track all of your food
While creating a healthy meal plan may be exciting and seem easy, a lot of people find it extremely hard to stick to with so many other choices and temptations available.
If your goal is fat/weight loss, you need to make sure you are eating in a calorie deficit.
Even if you are aiming to bulk and gain muscle mass, you will need to be able to track your food to check you’re getting enough protein and eating in a calorie surplus.
Tracking your food using apps like ‘My Fitness Pal’ is an incredible way to check exactly how many calories you are eating and what macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats) you are consuming. Furthermore, the app allows you to see what nutrient you might be eating too much or not enough of. For example, you can see if you are surpassing your sugar or fats limit for the day or haven’t eaten enough fibre.
By tracking your food, not only can you count your calories. But you’re also staying accountable and wiser to the nutrients you are putting into your body.
If you are not into tracking or feel like you don’t have the time, one essential thing to remember is to always choose the healthy option. Aim to eat lean protein and vegetables for most meals. When it comes to eating carbs or fats, choose nutritious options such as pumpkin or (the holy grail of fats) avocado.
Buy a fitness watch!
Purchasing a FitBit or an Apple Watch is an amazing way to track your level of activity (or how sedentary you are!) throughout the day. Again, this confronts you if you haven’t moved a lot and gives you the motivation to get up and get down the gym!
Aim for at least 10,000 steps a day. This amount of steps may seem a lot but an hour brisk walk from Coogee to Bondi will cover most of it and is a great way to unwind from work, technology and the everyday stresses of life!
With all of your training sessions, always have a specific goal in mind. ‘I want to burn at least 200 calories during my legs session’ or ‘I need to get to 100 flights on the stair-master’. It’s easier to stick to a goal and stay accountable when you have a specific figure in your head.
Be competitive against yourself
Never compare yourself to other individuals and their fitness progress.
So what if your work colleague spends two hours in the spin room at 5am and eats no carbs! You need to do what works and is sustainable for you. Just aim to self improve, you do not need to make massive changes to your life but small steps to stay motivated and find a fitness journey that works.
Tracking your progress through a body scan is an amazing way to follow your individual progress. Our Evolt 360 Body Scan machine gives you insight on your fat mass, muscle mass and even visceral fat level! By sticking to a plan and doing a body scan every few weeks, you are staying accountable and motivated by being able to check your heading in the right direction.
Always remember that your goal is for you and no-one else.