3 tips for making your fitness goals shaped
Do you always do all the activities you plan? Are you eating healthily as you promised yourself? How are you progressing on your fitness goals? Here are 3 tips to help them take shape.
Work more, eat better (and in good amounts), adopt a healthy lifestyle in general: these are the goals we all want to achieve, but staying on track is not easy at all. In fact, we are always faced with unexpected events, and in the words of Oscar Wilde, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to give in to it.”
All it takes is a small slip to trigger a treadmill; Feeling guilty after missing out on a workout or eating too few calories can lead you to believe that no good intentions are possible for you. Then, it is inevitable that you will stop pursuing your goals, which will inevitably bring you back to your old ways. But fortunately, with a dose of goodwill and some practical advice, you can reverse the process.
Never get discouraged -
The first tip we can give you is to never get discouraged, and of course to never give up. Setting a goal and keeping it in mind is the most important thing to do; Not giving up at the first difficulty and keeping an eye on the finish line is what comes next. Guilt has a double function: on the one hand, it can be positive, because it deters repeated bad behavior; On the other hand, it is a great source of stress, and it can have a negative effect on mood. The achievement of the goal is related to the mechanism of self-regulation, which is divided into two phenomena: fear of failure and motivation.
Don't set unattainable goals
People who suffer from an excessive fear of failure, as well as those who tend to feel intense guilt, tend to make irrational or contradictory choices and set goals that are sometimes impossible to achieve. Conversely, healthy motivation focuses on sensible challenges. Attempting to lose 20 pounds in 15 days of fast dieting, or running a marathon after a month of sparse workouts, is an almost impossible
task. In addition to needing to be rational, goals can only be considered achievable if they are measurable: thus, good intentions require intermediate steps, or at least a compass to help us understand whether or not we are on the right track. Moreover, we must never forget that the goals we set for ourselves must be “calibrated” against our true desires, not against others' expectations of us.
Why is it so easy to make mistakes? To find an answer to this question, there are a large number of books on neurophysiology that we should probably read. Among the many reasons why some people fail to fulfill their good intentions are so-called "reward circuits," which regulate the sense of well-being we feel after kind or virtuous behavior. Reward circuits operate on multiple time scales, depending on the triggers and outcomes: Eating half a bar of chocolate when we shouldn't make us feel satisfied (or, in other words, the reward) is much more immediate and short-term than that which follows potential future weight loss.
This is why it is so important to work on delayed gratification, or the ability to resist temptations that promise immediate rewards in order to achieve a more substantial and rewarding reward later.
Change your business plan
Another thought, when you feel like you've tried everything and the temptation to give up on your goals is overwhelming, is to radically change your course of action. In this regard, group training courses are excellent allies to help us maintain our good intentions and achieve our goals. Revolutionize our diet, start a new sport or hobby, and overhaul our training program: Here are some good ideas to get you started.