Finding the better you, at least in terms of your physical health, is all about establishing a routine that enables you to be the best that you can be. Everybody wants to look like the stars on TV and nobody wants to be unhealthy, not really.
However, many folks end up caught in the endless cycle of starting their ‘new life’ without having the ability to follow through or find success. Today, we are going to outline a slew of tips that will lead you to the you that you deserve to be. We’ll be focusing on diet, health, fitness and mental acuity. Are you ready to start down the path to a better life? Let’s get started.
Understanding Your Goals
Before you lift a weight or change what you put on your plate, take time to really consider what your goals are. Are you planning to transform your body into that of a professional athlete? Do you want to cut weight? Do you want to get stronger? Or do you simply want to get a little bit healthier? Each goal has a specific route that needs to be charted in order for you to arrive at the proper destination. While you take stock of your goals, you can also begin to understand that this truly is a path and that success isn’t going to come overnight.
Changing Your Life
Now that you’ve taken some time to reflect on the ‘better you’ that you want to become, you can start to actually chart the course to change your life. For the sake of conciseness, we are going to focus today’s content on people who are looking to drop some weight while improving their overall health.
Now that we’ve made the decision to improve our lives, what comes next? While most people will take to social media or the watercooler to talk about their new physical goals, we don’t suggest it. Instead, let your hard work and effort do the talking. People will see your journey and the fruits of it will be all the sweeter for their un-prompted compliments. You’ve made the decision to change your life. What’s next?
Eating Right, Right Away
You can scroll through your #RiseandGrind Instagram feed forever and become almost overwhelmed by all of the hard work that people are putting in at the gym. Ignore it all. Throw all of that content to the side. Instead, you are going to start by attacking your diet. You are never going to be able to outwork a bad diet.
All of the hours you sweat at the gym will be immediately undone by a pizza dinner and doughnuts for breakfast. But eating is hard, right? How can you keep your diet while also working hard in the gym? The answer, it turns out, is by seeking help.
We advise that individuals starting their fitness journey be turned toward pre-packaged meal programs like the one offered by Nutrisystem. Pre-packaged meals are a great way to stay focused on your diet without all of the pains of grocery shopping, portion control, and micro/macro nutrient counting.
Nutrisystem offers different meal plans that cater to every kind of tastebud in the world. Best of all, they take care of all the calculating, packaging and shopping for you. Merely heat up your meal, scarf it down, and get back to work. Look at a cost breakdown on Pure Healthy Living to see if Nutrisystem is affordable first though.
The Fitness Regiment
There is nothing as fun or as intimidating as starting to workout at a gym in a serious fashion for the first time. The gym has become some sort of mystical and foreboding place for many first-time fitness enthusiasts. Shrug off that awe. People go to the gym to put in the work and nobody is there to judge your or look down upon you. In fact, the people you meet at the gym are likely to be the nicest and most motivating individuals around.
Still, you’ll need more than just a pass to the local YMCA in order to achieve your fitness goals. What you’ll need is a focused plan that offers you the groundwork for results. If you want to build muscle then focus on lifting heavy 3x a week.
If you want to tone up your muscles and lose some weight then focus on lifting high-repetition 4x to 5x a week while mixing in cardio. These are just the general rules of finding your fitness results and you’ll get quicker results by looking to a trainer for a more tailored program.
Monitor Your Success
Since you see yourself every day, success may seem to be slow-going. However, if you start mapping out all of your work then you’ll start to see your progress immediately. Chart your starting weight and also chart how heavy you can lift. This will be the greatest inspiration in the world to keep going on those long days.