Wondering how to get fit quick. Ask anyone, from respected University professors to magazine journalist and they will all tell you one thing. The closer you work to a deadline, the more of a rush you get. Somehow we have plenty of time to do the things we want to do, but we only get into gear just as the deadline approaches. It’s that way with everything, with the paper you have to write for school, the presentation due tomorrow, or the deadline you set yourself to get in shape. Once you’re comfortable, it’s harder to push yourself to get it done. And if you really want to find easy ways to get in shape, it starts with your mindset.
Even when you know something is coming that requires you to be healthy, like a marathon, or a big event, we still do the minimum for as long as we can get away with it. That’s just the way our brains were wired, they don’t like to be uncomfortable. But the trick is to keep it as easy as possible, start right now.
Keep yourself on track every single day
I always find that if I have a goal to stick to, there’s nothing like a planner to keep me on track. I love to write down my daily goals, dreams, to-dos, and timekeeping. But I’ve never really done it with my fitness before – or considered it actually.
We all want to be healthier, better, and stronger. Why not start by writing everything down in a fitness journal. The only way to move on from where you are is to accept where you’ve started. The Fit Is The Sh*t planner will help you grow and develop, every week you will build on your routine, reflect on what went well, and become better than ever.
Not only do you log your meals for the week, but you also log your exercise and (the most important part) take progress photos to keep you on track. This is the best way to start any journey to getting healthy because often we go for it without even attempting to track it.
Move your body even when you’re not working out
The biggest mistake I made when I started getting healthy was working out once a week and thinking that was enough. Eventually, I saw a difference, but not enough of one that I’d actually be motivated to carry on. I didn’t know that to make something work, you needed to work out a little bit every single day. And I thought that if you did work out every day, it had to be hardcore.
Simply making sure to move enough every day will help massively. You can do a strict HIIT workout twice or three times a week, a run every so often, and make sure to go on a long walk at the weekend. It will make a huge difference in your mental health, your wellbeing, and the way you feel.
Edit your diet
It’s easier than we all think to have a long hard look at your diet and make some changes. Just stop buying things that are unhealthy, it’s as simple as that – when they’re not in the house you can’t grab ’em. Cut down on eating out and make some simple swaps to stay healthy. Once we overthink it, and we start worrying about what we’re going to miss, that’s when it gets difficult.
Join like-minded people
Another thing that really helps when you’re trying to make being healthier easy, is sharing your goals with someone who understands them. You can use Instagram to connect with like-minded people, follow others with fitness goals and make sure you’ve shared your goals with as many people as you can. Having a supportive group behind you will help you stay on track.
Don’t make it too simple
Simplicity is good, but too simple gets boring! Simple is good, to begin with, but you have to try and keep it fresh to stop yourself from falling into a monotonous routine. Now, I’ll be honest I have two years to get in shape for a nice wedding dress, but it’s still daunting. I took the first step a while ago and I know these things happen with time and dedication, but keeping a handy log of my journey is seriously keeping me on track.