by Daniel Bell
Do you find it frustrating how you can start the year with so many good resolutions but find yourself flagging and stalling a few months down the line? Even the best motivated of us come unstuck, and it can be difficult to find that spark and drive to get going again. If that is happening to you, stop giving yourself a hard time.You are not alone! Here are a few simple ways to get things moving in the right direction.
Finding Easier Ways to Exercise
Many people start their exercise with regimes that are difficult if not impossible to maintain. Quite simple they set the bar too high. This has the effect of sapping motivation. Exercise feels like a struggle and a chore. If this is how you feel, no amount of forcing yourself out in the dark and cold for a run or forced march is going to improve things. Another reason that some people flag and start to feel weight loss frustration is down to the timing. Busy lives often mean that you feel tired and exhausted at the end of the day. That can mean a trip to the gym or going out into the rain doesn’t appeal at all.
Both of these issues can be addressed by changing how and when you build exercise into the day. Why not try and think of different ways to take exercise, such as Zumba, pilates, or even dancing? The prospect of adding a little adventurous fun into a programme can be a great way to get motivated. You could take up a team sport such a volleyball or simply enroll in a hiking or walking club. Lunchtime activities or classes might be a way to address the issue of timing.
Feeding Yourself Fitter
It can be hard at this time of year to fight the body’s craving for starchy carb laden foods. Eating warm and hearty meals is comforting but doesn’t help our desire to shed a few pounds or watch the calories. Start your day off with a cup of hot water and lemon to kickstart your metabolism. That will encourage your body to burn calories more quickly. Green tea is another great healthy drink full of antioxidants. Green tea powder is a brilliant calorie burning booster that can also lift your energy. It is available from http://amazon.co.uk/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M. You simply add a teaspoon to whatever you are eating or drinking.
Smoothies and juices are a great way of getting all the vitamins, minerals and goodness from your fruit and veg. How simple is it to throw a handful of berries, a banana, pineapple and pears into a smoothie maker? You can find some useful smoothie recipes online. These can be great any time of the day and really will start to make you feel light and energised rather than heavy and bloated.
Getting back on track is not going to be difficult. After all, your intention is there. Your motivation is there. It is possible that a few simple tweaks and adjustments mean that you will start to feel better about how you exercise. Putting good things into your body will help to lift your energy levels and with that, your mood will improve. The bright mornings and long days of spring and summer are not far away now, and you will be ready to make the most of them.