Written by Featured Contributor
Obtaining a certain fitness level is more of a lifestyle choice than anything else. It’s about being dedicated, motivated and most importantly, enjoying what you do. It can be tricky to keep up the momentum. Especially if you have certain fitness goals in mind. But I am here to remind you that anything is possible in this day and age. Whatever your fitness goals may be, no matter how big or small, that you can achieve exactly what you set out to. Whether it’s running a marathon or improving general fitness here are some tips and tricks to keep you on your journey.
Think about your health
Firstly you must always take into consideration your health. Whatever your fitness goals may be they will realistically only be achieved if you are in good health. There is no point training hard right now for a marathon if you are suffering from a chest infection, for example. Your health is vital to your well-being. So make sure you take care of yourself during any training you do.
Hydration is key during fitness but also in general daily life
We are always encouraged to hydrate during any fitness training to make sure our body stays cool and to replenish any lost fluids. But this should be practised when you are not training as well. Keeping your body replenished with a good water intake has many benefits to you and your health. So stay hydrated.
Don’t give yourself a hard time
It can be difficult to stay in a positive mindset but if possible try to not give yourself hard time. If you don’t master something straight away keep positive. Practice and patience can sometimes be the best tools. If you don’t feel like training one day, allow yourself a break or tone down a particular training session. It’s easier to stay motivated if you are positive about your training schedule and what you are doing.
Think about supplements to help achieve your goals
Taking supplements can be misleading. You may think it’s for the most serious of professionals but some supplements can aid in muscle repair and also be taken as part of a balanced diet. Things like Beta-Alanine supplements can help improve exercise capacity and also athletic performance. However taking too much sometimes causes a tingling sensation so it’s best to research and seek advice before taking anything. However, there are real benefits so it’s worth considering as part of a healthy training regime.
Staying motivated can be tricky. So try and remind yourself exactly why you are putting yourself through this grueling training in the first place. You may be taking part in an event for charity, or you could have your personal goals you want to achieve. Reminding yourself of the reason why will always help you stay motivated.
A fitness journey is exactly that. It is a journey. It won’t always be easy. You may not always feel like it. But the results you can get from a healthy active lifestyle will far outweigh anything else you feel.