When it comes to getting fit and eating healthy, there seem to be an endless number of distractions and one of the biggest blockers to become fit and healthy can often be you!
Busy lives and hectic schedules can often test our will power, but if there is a goal you want to achieve then my 5 top tips to boost your will power could help you on your way to smashing it.
Tip 1 – Get plenty of beauty sleep
Personally one of my biggest blockers is being tired. Perhaps you promised yourself you would get up early for a run or to make a healthy breakfast, but instead found yourself hitting the snooze button. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body can’t rest and repair, meaning you will wake up groggy and feeling lazy, unmotivated and looking for convenience.
I suggest getting an early night so that you can set your alarm bright and early. Take a relaxing bath with epsom salts to wind down, read a book in bed or try some meditation to ease you into the land of nod. If you are well rested you will feel strong and ready to make good healthy decisions.
Tip 2 – Go hard or go home
Whilst life is all about balance, when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, you have to commit 100% from the get go. It might seem extreme, but you will find that setting out to do something 90% of the time will be far more challenging than doing it 100% of the time and forming a great life changing habit.
Tip 3 – Be S.M.A.R.T
Ensure your goals are S.M.A.R.T and by that I mean:
Specific – know exactly what you want to achieve.
Measurable – know what success will look like when you hit that goal.
Achievable – make it appropriate to you and something that you will be able to achieve with some hard work and focus. Don’t overstretch yourself.
Relevant – make sure your goal applies to your situation and where you want to be.
Timebound – give yourself a deadline or timescale to really focus the mind.
So, if your goal is ‘I want to lose weight’ make it S.M.A.R.T ‘I want to lose 2% body fat by 1st September 2016’ with the added detail you know what you need to do and when by.
Tip 4 – Remove distractions
Where possible you want to remove all temptation and distractions from your surroundings. If you have a treat draw, bin it or give it away. If you have fizzy drinks in the cupboard incase a guest wants one, pour them down the sink. If the temptation isn’t in the house, you will be less aware of it and it becomes a lot harder to cave. This also applies at work and with family and friends; ask them to support your goals and to not offer you naughty foods or distraction.
Tip 5 – Believe in yourself
This is possibly the most important… if you don’t believe in yourself, who will? You need to set a goal and know that without a doubt, if you put your mind to it, you WILL achieve it. Repeat it to yourself and don’t make failure an option. The only thing standing between you and your goals is yourself.
How do you deal with temptation? Let me know your tips to keep your will power strong.