We all know how important keeping fit and healthy is, but I think we also all know how hard it can be at times. Sometimes we just don't feel like doing exercise, or we really really want that chocolate ice cream. It can be hard to motivate yourself to get up and do things and to keep yourself on track concerning your diet. Here are some motivational pictures and some tips I use to help keep myself on track (most of the time).
I often like to do a workout earlier on in the day, because that way I can get on with the rest of my day without thinking or worrying about fitting a workout into my evening. I also find I'm a lot more tired in the evening and I find it harder to motivate myself to do something.
If you can, try to go for a run somewhere with nice scenery, it will make it that much more pleasurable and will make you want to do it more often.If you don't live anywhere with nice scenery, I would still try and motivate myself to go for a run, even if it's just for 10 minutes, it's better than nothing. Just listen to some music and it'll be over before you know it.
Running isn't for everyone. Personally I'm not a massive fan of running, so I don't do it often. I like to focus more on workouts that include legs, arms and cardio. A great workout to do is either pilates or yoga. They're great workouts to do if you don't fancy a hardcore, jumping about workout, but still want to do something. They're really effective workouts that target certain areas and really help tone your muscles. The slower you do a movement, the more it tones your muscles. I like to do a pilates/yoga type class at least once a week.
Doing a workout with a friend is so much easier than doing it alone. Friends motivate you to keep going when you really don't want to. I often do workouts with my mum, we go to two classes a week and do home workouts three times a week. I find it much easier because we motivate eachother to keep going and it also makes you think if she can do it, I can do it. Going to classes really helps too, because you have the instructor to constantly motivate you and you can also see everyone around you struggling, so you know you're not the only one who's finding it difficult.
I know everyone says this, but I can't express enough how important eating breakfast is. I never used to eat breakfast, simply because I wasn't hungry. But I started to make myself eat something, even if it was just a banana, and after time I started to feel really hungry in the mornings. Breakfast helps keep hunger at bay throughout the rest of the day, so you snack less and also eat less at mealtimes. It also helps speed up your metabolism, which helps burn more calories throughout the day. I normally eat fruit and yoghurt, porridge or eggs for breakfast. I also like to drink a mug of green tea, as this also helps speed up your metabolism and is full of antioxidants.
Try and eat as many fruit and vegetables as you can. Citrus fruit really helps clear the skin, especially lemons. I like to include lemons in most salads and also like to squeeze it in my water. Which brings me on to water; water is so important. I drink 3.2 litres of water a day (4 800ml bottles) and I've noticed such a difference in my skin since drinking so much water. It's so much clearer. Water also helps flush out any toxins in your body and aids weight loss.
In order to keep track of what I eat, I keep a food diary. This basically means I write down everything I eat in a day, just so I know if I've eaten well that day. I usually have 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day. Keeping a food diary also helps make sure you eat healthily, because it saves you from the guilt you feel when writing down all the junk food you've eaten that day.
Having nice workout clothes also helps motivate yourself to do a workout. Whenever I buy new workout clothes, I can't wait to do exercise, because I can't wait to wear my new clothes. Make sure you have a good pair of trainers before you start working out, because believe me, they will make the world of difference. The better they are, the comfier they will be and they should be nice and springy.
I use Kayla Itsiness fitness guide, which is available here. These workouts are great workouts and really helps target areas. They really help build fitness and strength. Just take a look at the transformations to see how effective these workouts are. I hope this post has been helpful.