It’s hard to stick to a workout plan, especially if you’re a stay-at-home-and-watch-Netflix kind of person. Believe us when we say that just thinking about working out makes us tired.
But this is exactly the kind of thinking that keeps you from achieving your body and health goals. The older you get, the harder it is to burn off fat and the slower your metabolism becomes.
When you hit the age of 25, you’d start noticing these tiny changes in your body: You get tired easily. You can’t eat pizza in the morning without having an upset stomach or you can’t chug down beer all night without feeling like a dying person in the morning. Of course, these changes mean it’s time to eat healthier and be a little more active.
So what to do when you’re not used to working out? How do you stick to it and turn it as a habit?
Dr. Anita Garzon, a Miami-based Nutritionist and Dietitian, says that there are 3 things you can do to help you achieve your #bodygoals.
1. Know Why You’re Doing It
Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing helps put things in perspective. Are you working out to lose weight? Are you doing it to feel better? Being honest with your purpose can help you see what lengths you still need to go and how much time you should be investing on that.
2. Slowly Work Up To It
Some people dive into a full-blown work out plan and rigid diet from square one. But for most people, this could backfire.
“A lot of people make the mistake of jumping right into a new and healthier diet. While this may be good, it’s actually better to slowly ease your body into the new habit,” Garzon said. “Going cold turkey on the pizza, cakes or whatever unhealthy food you’ve been obsessing with will make you feel deprived which may later on lead to binge-eating.”
Instead, you can reduce your intake of sugars and fried food instead. As to your workouts, Garzon said the proper way is to start small.
“If you’re on the treadmill, start with a 4 or 5 resistance level. This goes with lifting weights, too. Don’t overdo it,” she said.
3. Keep Your End Goal In Mind
On days when you just want to lie around in bed, think about your end goal.
“Doing nothing keeps you in the health rut that you’re in,” Garzon said. “Get up and move! If you just can’t get up and go to the gym, then find something to do at home that will somehow get your heart pumping. Take the stairs! Re-arrange your furniture! Get creative!”