5 Things To Keep In Mind When Working On Your Fitness Goals

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Working On Your Fitness Goals

Being confident in your journey is extremely vital in sustaining your motivation to reach your goals.

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Trying to achieve your set goals for the new year requires lots of motivation, determination and commitment. Fitness can be discouraging at times – not seeing results fast enough or falling off track. Being confident in your journey is extremely vital in sustaining your motivation to reach your goals. But, when things seem to get a little grey, keep these five things in mind to stay on track with your fitness goals:

1. Don't be too hard on yourself

The gratification of seeing results is something that drives people to keep going. But, if you aren't immediately seeing results – do NOT give up! Results don't happen overnight, it may take months to start seeing progress. Don't let that discourage you from your goals.

2. Don't compare yourself to others

Every single body is EXTREMELY different. Don't put yourself through the torture of comparing yourself to that fitness model on Instagram. Chances are, she really doesn't look like that. Focus on your own body and your own goals and don't worry about how others look. Your progress will come as long as you stay committed and work hard.

3. Don't let a bad day turn into a bad week

So, you slacked off and didn't make it to the gym one today or you decided to completely divulge yourself in all your favorite junk food – it's okay. Just get right back on track tomorrow! Don't let one day being off track, put you weeks behind the progress you've made.

4. Dedication is key

Try to make it to the gym as many days as possible. Don't let being tired or unmotivated keep you from going, because most of the time it'll make you feel a million times better once you get that workout in! Remain dedicated to your goals and don't let the busyness of life make you lose sight of that.

5. Have fun with it

Enjoy the process of attaining your goals. Setting mini accomplishments within your overall goal will keep you motivated and having fun! Fitness is something many people dread, but it doesn't have to be that way. Find the workouts you actually enjoy and you'll find yourself training harder than ever!

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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If You Take Fitness Advice From Instagram, You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Living a healthy lifestyle really isn't that complicated.

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I lost 90 pounds during my freshman year of high school. Over the years, I've gotten many questions about how I accomplished such a feat and what my secret is. The truth is, I did what any doctor would tell you to do when you ask for weight loss advice. I ate healthy foods, I counted my caloric intake and I worked out regularly doing exercise that I enjoyed.

This seems so simple, but in today's complex society of Instagram fitness gurus and "experts" telling you that the secret to weight loss is wrapping your stomach in a wrap, it's difficult to know who is genuinely trying to give you good advice and who just wants to sell you something. I've fallen prey to these people too, so I know how difficult it is to decipher between sound advice and a sales pitch.

So as you embark on your health and fitness journey, remember that the end goal of any workout regimen or diet plan is to be healthy and increase the longevity of your life. It's about seeing your grandchildren graduate high school and go on to succeed in life while swinging on a porch with your husband or wife of 50 years, all because you took care of yourself instead of eating fast food and drinking every weekend of your 20s. It isn't to have slimmer thighs or a bigger butt, though those are nice benefits. What these people won't tell you is that if you simply eat healthy, exercise regularly and take overall better care of your body, you will see results without having to buy some stupid weight loss tea or crazy diet plan.

Believe me, the journey to being a better and healthier you is worth the consistent effort and work it will take to get there.

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