With this declaration came various plans to bring that goal to life. A gym buddy was found. A fitness plan was created with the hashtag “BalikAlindog”. Ingredients for more healthy dishes were written down on the grocery list. Cups of rice began to be strictly measured. That was January.
Then over the last week of January, you may have felt yourself falling off the #BalikAlindog wagon a little bit. “One muffin won’t hurt. I’ll burn the calories nalang later by walking to the MRT instead of taking a tricycle.” “It’s just one small piece of chocolate… it’s just two small pieces of chocolate…” You’ve already started your #BalikAlindog program – don’t give up! If you’ve been feeling yourself becoming a little demotivated, don’t lose hope. Read the following tips to help ensure you stay on track and reach your fitness goal.
Change your exercise routine. Once you get used to a particular exercise, you’ll start feeling less challenged. Your muscles get used to the repetitive motions and you yourself can feel a little bored. If you find yourself just going through the motions, it’s time to step up your exercise routine. If at the gym, consult with available coaches to help plan out a next-level routine for you. If you’re into Zumba, try a different dance class. If running is what you love, try a different route. This change in exercise routine also challenges the mind, so there’s something new for you to learn and be excited about again. Don’t be scared to change your exercise routine. It will be good for you – mind and body!
Keep a visual food diary. Take pictures of what you eat each day and compile it in one album on your mobile phone. Chronicling what you eat each meal will give you a better overview of how your diet plan is working out. Want to make this more hardworking? Form a group with friends and send each other pictures of what you’re eating in real-time. This can help make you feel more conscious about your choice of meals and you can get much-needed support from your friends. Seeing what they are eating can motivate you to eat more healthily too!
Refresh your playlist. How updated is your workout playlist? A study by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Exercise and Health Program shared that when you listen to upbeat music while working, you won’t feel like you’re working as much which helps you increase endurance. So whatever genre it is you’re listening to, go refresh that playlist and you’ll stay motivated through your workout routine.
Get a workout partner. A workout buddy can help you feel more motivated, as they can push you a little harder than you’d push yourself. This means you’re more likely to go to the gym after work than go straight home, or finish those ten reps instead of stopping halfway. Make it fun for you both. Place a little bet to keep things light. The first one who “cheats” with his diet, for example, has to treat the other to a movie. Choose whatever works for you both.
Combine your exercise time with your favorite TV show. Be strict about it – you can only watch your favorite TV shows while you are working out. This works especially well for cardio exercises on steppers or treadmills. You would get sucked into the show that you would forget you are doing some cardio training. Before you know it, you’re done with your workout!
Don’t give up! You can stay with the program and soon embrace the results of your #BalikAlindog goals.