Author: earl De Matas
Staying motivated to lose weight can seem like an insurmountable challenge in these uncertain times. With gyms closed until at least the summer of 2020, unless you already have a home gym or have found another way to stay in shape, the struggle to transform your physique and achieve your fitness goals can seem especially daunting. Whether you’re gainfully employed working Monday to Friday or you’ve recently found yourself with a reduced income, finding the motivation to stick to a workout regimen can seem insignificant in the world today.
As if that wasn’t enough, if you have children, you’ve probably noticed that they’re home 7 days a week. So before you can sit down to dinner, spend time with your family or just relax, you might have to fill in as a substitute teacher first. And all this is happening after a long stressful day of work. In the world today women are living with stressors on top of stressors, obligations, responsibilities and parenting on their shoulders all at the same time. Just a few of these stressors could make it increasingly difficult to find time to focus on you. But what if you had to endure all of these stressors at the same time? Imagine managing all of these stressors on a daily basis and not being able to reset and recharge before you have to do it all over again. That’s the reality for many working women in the world today.
With all of these weighing you down on a daily basis, it’s not surprising to find yourself getting further away from your fitness goals than you would like. So at this point, you’re probably wondering what you can do to make the needle on the scale go the other way. That’s where we come in.
One thing I’m sure you already know is getting physically fit and achieving your fitness goals is not going to happen overnight. It really will be a struggle. Especially, if you are overwhelmed with more responsibilities than usual because of the current reality of the time we are living in. There are a lot of pieces that have to be put in place in order to change the way you look. Put simply, change takes time. Oh yeah and a lot of hard work. But just working out by itself isn’t enough. You have to watch what you eat, drink and even watch the clock. Sleeping is just as important as anything else. Basically when it comes down to it, you really have to get yourself in the right mindset. Consider this, your body and mind need to be focused in order to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
Set a goal
Goals are a great place to start. Get your mind focused on transforming your body by setting a realistic goal. Let’s say that one of your goals is to lose belly fat. Well, unless you have the metabolism of a 16-year-old, unfortunately you can’t just workout once a month and eat whatever you want. You have to make healthier choices but don’t worry; you won’t have to give up all your favourite foods. Jump online and do some research. Find a dietary plan that works for you. There are plenty to choose from such as the Keto, Vegan or a Low carb diet just to name a few. Remember, you can have a cheat day just not a cheat week! If you need help watching what you eat, there are plenty of smartphone applications that can help you track what you eat on a daily basis. One of those called MyFitnessPal, lets you select a specific workout routine, track food, macros, weight, steps and a lot more.
Pick a workout, date and time and then stick to it. By researching and preparing a workout routine in advance, it will eliminate the guesswork and allow you to focus on what really matters – working out. Once you have the first workout under your belt you’ll feel great about keeping the momentum going. Try mixing in some cardio along with your weight training. Try running around the block, skipping or riding a bicycle. If you have a treadmill, that’s a great option to get aerobic exercise for both the summer and winter months. If you prefer a guided approach but understandably don’t have the money to spend on a personal trainer, there are tons of free apps that were designed to help guide you to get into shape.
Nike has an app called Nike Training Club (NTC) which has workouts broken into different categories such as:
- Basic Equipment
- Full Equipment
- No Equipment.
If you prefer to literally lace your shoes and hit the streets, Under Armour has an app called MapMyRun.
With MapMyRun some of the things you can do include:
- Creating your own playlists
- Tracking your runs
- Following workout routines designed specifically to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Once you pick your workout days and your workout routines don’t forget to make sure you’re staying hydrated. According to the article How Much Water Should I Drink? on JillianMichaels.com, “water is good for weight loss; it helps to curb hunger, flushes out toxins that make us sick and fat, boosts energy and it speeds metabolism.” Drinking more water throughout the day will allow you to snack less and a faster metabolism will help you burn more calories.
You vs The Struggle
Remember, results won’t show up right away. It’s going to take time, persistence, and dedication but if you can find a way to stay focused, even with all the stressors that you’re dealing with, the results will most definitely come. In the end, it’s up to you to decide what’s stronger, you or the struggle.
Author bio: earl De Matas is an emerging Canadian designer and creative writer working on short stories and an upcoming novel. Some creative work can be found at www.behance.net/erl