Recent studies show that keeping a food journal can help you to lose twice as much weight as someone who doesn’t keep any records of what goes in their mouths. Keeping records is a great way to see what you’ve been doing and help to keep yourself on track. Obviously the first (and arguably most important) step on your journey to health is what you eat, however exercise also plays an important role in your overall health. But you already know this, right? The problem is finding the time and the motivation to continue to put our health first, so here are some tips we’ve cooked up for you:

alexandraFind a good reason

Why are you on your journey? What makes you want to get healthy and make lifestyle changes? It could be living a healthier and longer life for your kids. Or maybe the feeling of accomplishment that will come with each step you take. Whatever it is, keep it in the forefront of your mind and remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Treat workouts like appointments

Scheduling regular workouts helps to build consistency and habit. Put your workout in your diary and keep the appointment, just like you would a work commitment. Often we reschedule workouts to make way for other things, but we’re really short changing ourselves when we do this. Your exercise is important, so treat it that way.

20160116_165421Keep a record of your progress

Everyone has a different starting point, so comparing your journey to another’s can be detrimental.  Keeping a fitness log helps you to see just how far you’ve come. If you could only manage 5 push ups in your first workout, I guarantee you that by the end of your first month 5 push ups won’t even make you sweat.

Find something you love

Keeping our workout dates and building consistency is so much easier when we’re excited by what we’re doing. Find an activity that keeps you interested and never gets boring. You’ll be far more likely to keep it up if you enjoy your workouts.

Don’t make bad excuses

We’re all busy, I get it. But I don’t know of anyone too busy to spare 30 minutes of their day. Instead of lying to yourself (and others) by saying “I don’t have time”, try saying “That’s not a priority” instead and see how it feels. Take responsibility for your workouts…or lack thereof.

12313695_441319116062661_2513340178053828807_nFinding your thing and sticking to it is a process of trial and error. This is, by no means, an extensive list of tips, however if you follow our advice you will find that being consistent and staying motivated becomes second nature to you. You’ll soon learn how to give yourself a kick up the butt when you need it, and if you’re really lucky, you’ll be surrounded by an awesome community who helps keep you accountable and motivated, too!

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