There is no denying improving your health can take a bit of effort, organisation, planning and dedication. However, there are various ways to make the change easier for yourself by putting plans in place early to avoid setbacks later.
As many of you have probably heard, changes in body composition and health are generally considered 80% diet and 20% exercise; however, personally, I believe there needs to be a percentage allocated to mindset, goal setting and adding in a psychological component as the mind plays a key role in success
Firstly, before anything, you have to want to change! You can read all the self-help articles, enlist as many people as you like to help, but ultimately, if you have no desire, deep down, to want to change it isn’t likely to happen, and certainly not easily. The choice is yours ultimately and it is always great to have choices.
If you are committed to change, it is then necessary to put some plans in place to set yourself up for success. Initially, if possible, gain the support of your family and friends that surround you and let them know you want to make a positive change in your health. You will be much more successful if you have the support from loved ones.
It is then necessary to set some achievable goals, and research often says you are likely to be 80% successful if you set yourself one goal at a time. Once you add in more, the success rate drops down to roughly 20%. So be committed to take the time to change and work on goals you can achieve. For example you may want to start walking most days of the week, or cut out soft drink. Set a long term goal, but then break it down into daily and weekly goals that you can achieve.
To fast pace your results, it can be worth enlisting the health of professionals who can monitor you and make suggestions that are best suited to your goals and needs. This may be through the incorporation of a Personal Trainer, Dietitian, Nutritionist and your Doctor. If you do have any injuries or medical conditions it is important to speak and work with your doctor to ensure you are aware of any implications with changing your lifestyle. They may refer you to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for specialised help.
Mindset, as mentioned above, is a vast part of success, as this can often be your undoing in changing your health when you start to doubt yourself, lose motivation or start focusing on negative thoughts. Staying positive and surrounding yourself with positive affirmations, supportive people and focusing on your goals can certainly assist with your success rate.
And lastly, don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day, miss a workout, or overeat. That is life, no one is perfect. Refocus on your goals and continue on. Being down on yourself with only produce negativity, which is not beneficial to your overall outcome.
By utilising some of these strategies above, you can help the journey be a lot smoother and your chances of success a lot higher. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. Change isn’t always easy, but it will be worth it!