Getting fit, and staying that way, are two constant challenges facing women with a busy modern lifestyle. It can be difficult to find the time to dedicate to a real workout regimen. Diets call upon us to give up a lot, and exercising can be tough to work into a schedule—especially if we aren’t used to it. Far too many people fall off the wagon when those aches and pains first hit home, but there are a few quick tips to take advantage of if you want a better chance at staying on board.
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Work Out with a Friend:
If you work out with a friend, you’ve got someone who depends upon you to help keep them motivated—someone you care about, ideally (that would be the point). Likewise, they will do the same for you when you might not be feeling at your best. Having a workout buddy is one of the most widely encouraged and repeatedly proven boosters to staying on track with a new workout regimen, until such time as obvious results (and a new, healthy habit) are sufficiently motivating.
Keep a List of Your Goals:
Make a list of goals, organized by short-term and long-term goals. Shoot for a mixture of process-oriented and results-oriented goals. You might target adding fifteen minutes to your workout regimen, every day, within the first month, or “losing five extra pounds before my birthday.” If you mix process-oriented and results-oriented, and have a healthy regard for short-term vs. long-term, you’ll start to see an overall plan taking shape.
Practice a Responsible Rewards System:
We all like rewards for good behavior. Take the things you know you love, but also know that you need to cut back on. Don’t eliminate them from your life cold turkey; this is one of the big ways in which many women fall off the wagon. Big changes and no “little pleasures” make for a time that is far more unpleasant than it needs to be. Instead, use your personal pleasures to reward yourself for achieving your goals. Don’t go overboard, but it’s perfectly fine to reward short-term goals!
Learn to Eat Responsibly:
Most of us have no clue how to eat responsibly. A recent survey of more than 800 gym-going women found that more than 70% of them thought that healthy eating wasn’t as enjoyable as “just going wild.” The fact is that healthy eating can be deeply enjoyable. It is more savory, more flavorful, and not much more expensive or time consuming than what most people do. It just takes a little focus and time to figure out!
Do Your Research:
Getting fit for women is as much a matter of mental clarity as it is physical training. You need to take in information from reputable sources, correlate the good stuff, ignore the bad advice that just doesn’t feel right, develop a perception of which sources know their stuff and which don’t, and put together a plan that you can personally stick to. It sounds like a lot of work, but much of it involves the development of new habits that, once in place, will stick with you for the rest of your life. We’ve gone ahead and added a few useful sources to help get you started: