‘A healthy body has a healthy mind’ is an age old cliché that holds good even today. Health, and fitness are serious matter and world over people are awakening to this fact. The internet is filled with articles, Ebooks and websites giving advice to stay fit and lead a healthy life. Gyms and fitness centers are mushrooming all around the world and fitness today is a billion dollar business. Awesome, isn’t it?
With female fitness gaining ground due to Miss World and Miss Universe competitions, women world over want to look trim and sexy. Daily work outs along with a healthy diet helps in relaxing the mind and aid you to de-stress. When you work out, your skin starts to gleam and overall you look slim, trim and glowing. Now you can wear the two piece bikini and show off your shapely body on the beach. You will be the envy of all the women around as all the men are sure to ogle and drool over you. Isn’t that fantastic?
When you see models sashaying on the cat walk in shapely figures you cannot but feel a twinge of jealousy. It is no longer only celebrities and fashion models who can sport a shapely figure. Even you can get into a well-formed body and be the envy of your neighborhood. But then you keep postponing it thinking that you’ll start from tomorrow. Well, my friend that tomorrow never comes. Motivate yourself to follow a strict diet routine to lose all the excess fat.
Stop procrastinating and get proactive!
If you’ve found yourself putting off dieting over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some extent – but some are so persistently affected by procrastination that it stops them from achieving things they’re capable of and disrupts their careers. This leaves a trail of negative thoughts on the mind of the individual and he/ she sulks.
Remember ‘tomorrow never comes’; whatever you wish to do, do it today. We are always postponing issues simply because we are not sure of ourselves or just lazy. Whatever the reason procrastinating is not good in anything including weight loss. Once you can manage your time schedule, half your battle is won. When you procrastinate ask yourself why? And you will see that the reason is not so convincing and you may rethink the issue. Usually people procrastinate and put things off which you should be focusing on right now, usually in favor of doing something that is more enjoyable or you’re more comfortable doing.
Procrastinators often work longer hours than others but they invest their time in the wrong tasks. The main reason for this behavior is the fear of failure, poor organizational skills and they camouflage it by saying they are not in ‘mood’!!!
The first step to overcome procrastination is acceptance. If you realize that you are procrastinating, you should immediately stop what you are doing and tell yourself so.
Secondly analyze and find out the reasons and motivate yourself positively. Believe me peer pressure always helps. Part of the solution is to develop good time management, organizational and personal effectiveness habits. These help you to establish the right priorities, and manage your time in such a way that you make the most of the opportunities open to you.
There is a saying “If you are thinking of doing a task tomorrow, do it today, and if you’re thinking of doing it today, do it now”. Be proactive, drive away your demons and get yourself to manage your life in a positive and healthy way.
Where there is a will, there is a way!
Children, naturally remain active, and it takes a while before they compose themselves and walk straight on the road, instead of hopping, skipping and jumping from one room to another under the same roof! Even as adolescents, the pressure of remaining slim and acquiring an hour-glass figure, especially in case of women is so overwhelming, that even a favorite flavor of ice-cream becomes taboo. However, after marriage and a couple of children, we enjoy plunking down the office chair, in front of the idiot box, and dream about the days when we too had the kind of figure Jane Fonda would be envious of! As complacency sets in, lethargy overtakes our enthusiasm to kick the flab.
However, when mid-life crisis begins, men and women respond to the wake-up call and begin a routine of early morning jogs, join yoga to combat lethargy, cut down on fats to reduce cholesterol etc. At this stage, the reason for being weight conscious is ‘Health’. But what a world of a difference a slim and trim body can make if people were weight conscious even in their 30’s!
How to get motivated? First of all, to get into shape like any other goal, we need to actually want it. Gyms across the globe advertise their claims and the younger generation enrolls and enjoys the strenuous exercises along with earth shattering music. Wanting a shapely figure every once in a while is not sufficient. Jessie who started bulging after delivery, aimed at shedding the accumulated pounds? She shopped for dresses that were a tad too tight for her and were expensive, pretty and alluring. She’d display them prominently in her wardrobe and glance at them often. No, she wasn’t a shopaholic. Wanting to get into those enticing dresses made her control her weight and gradually she started using those attractive clothes. That was a novel way to get motivated.
Liz pasted the pictures of her favorite models on her refrigerator and each time she felt the need to stock her refrigerator, she’d think of the portraits and control her temptations. Yet another young woman who wanted her husband to mind his bulging paunch used to openly admire other slim and trim men. The poor self-conscious man felt so insecure that, he enrolled for a weight reduction program and ensured that his wife was all eyes for only him.
Store pictures of slim people in your phone and keep looking at it from time to time. Also have a timer on your phone that’ll remind you to eat a strict diet at regular intervals. Always carry fruits and nuts with you.
To get started you need to want it first. And if there aren’t other hormonal or health reasons, you can have ingenious ways of getting motivated, but being goal-oriented is the catch!
Set your goals
Most of us are good at setting goals in our life. Only we don’t follow them. Whether it is in our career or home front or with fitness regime to lose weight setting goals is very important. There are many ways to do it.
The tried and tested method is to write down your goals in a piece of paper and see whether it is realistic. For example if you are overweight do not set an unrealistic time for yourself to shed weight. Write your goal out in complete detail. Write it in a positive way so that when you read it later also you feel motivated to work out.
By all means, make sure your goal is high enough. Shoot for the moon; if you miss you’ll still be in the stars. Make sure the goal you are working for is something you really want, not just something that sounds good.
Set a goal to join a weight loss program and do it judiciously. Start your diet routine and don’t stop in between. There are no cheat days. You will have set a goal that is achievable almost immediately. This gives you a sense of accomplishment, which is an incentive to setting and achieving the next goal.
Work out with friends or family for added motivation. This way you can have healthy competition and your work out sessions also become interesting. Initially it’s not necessary to work out every day, since your body is not used to the stress. Exercising every other day is a safe and realistic goal.
While setting goals ensure that it is balanced and goes well with your values. Being unrealistic or over ambitious will kill the spirit in you to achieve what you set out to do.
While setting goals see to it that it is not contradicting with your other goals. For example don’t keep a weight loss schedule that is unrealistic. That’ll dishearten you. Let your goal be in tune with what you want to achieve. Goals keep changing for all of us as time passes and each and every goal is like a stepping stone to reach the other goal. They give you long-term vision and short-term motivation. They focus on your acquisition of knowledge and help you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your valuable time. Setting goals and achieving them helps to build your self confidence and makes you successful in all your endeavors.
Form a routine
A simple ten minute warm up and stretches are enough to start with. Walking the treadmill, spinning and lifting weights can help you to develop muscles and sport a lean look. Pushups, sit ups and crunches add to the exercise regimen that completes your work out. Lifting weights helps in developing the hand and leg muscles and gives your legs a shapely look. Since your stomach muscles are clenched during sit ups, it helps in maintaining a flat stomach also. Never over do lifting weights. You should exercise under the supervision of specialist fitness experts. Else it can have drastic effects.
Besides exercising take care that your body gets the necessary supply of nutrition. Drink plenty of water to wash out the toxins from your body. Take vitamins and mineral supplements that are necessary for your body. Eat a healthy and nutritious diet. A diet with fiber, proteins and iron is good to keep fit. Avoid carbohydrates in your diet. A low carb diet is fine while you are exercising.
Proteins are a plentiful in a handful of nuts. Tossing in carrots, cucumber, onions, grated cabbage, tomatoes in minutes ensures you get your raw nutrients. Substitute sugar with jaggery; salt with lime juice. Fresh fruit juices, coconut water and sugarcane juice can boost your energy levels. Grapes are known for low calories. Do give your thanksgivings to the humble pumpkin, known to have only 40 calories. Green tea apart from being an antioxidant, reduces cholesterol, increases metabolism rate and maintains blood sugar level. How much and at what intervals we consume healthful food is also very vital.
Sticking to only bowls of the required food, eating all kinds of food and consuming enough water can help. Some people believe that gulping cold water before meals shrinks the capacity of the stomach, thereby reducing the intake. Ideally your diet should include cereals for breakfast where maple nut and peanut butter are included. There are also diet pizzas available in the market. Oatmeal chocolate chips, peanut butter cookies and whole wheat crackers are perfect as snacks. Keep munching and eating but continue to shed weight and keep in shape.
Water, the elixir of life
Drinking around eight glasses of water a day keeps the stomach clean of toxins. Also it hydrates the skin to make it glow with vitality. It is good to drink water first thing in the morning and before going to bed at night. This helps in bowel movement. Water also helps to get rid of constipation and stomach pain. It helps in digestion of the food we eat and keeps fatigue at bay. Drinking fruit juices and other fluids also help intake of water. Eating the right foods and drinking enough water can help you to lead a trouble free life. It also helps to shed the excess weight. By drinking enough water you can drink to your health and happiness.
Finally motivate yourself to sport a trim figure with the help of strict diet followed sincerely along with simple exercises and transform yourself into a gorgeous diva.