Diet and Lifestyle: Five Simple Ways to Stay Motivated
Making the decision to improve your diet and lifestyle can be easy. Finding the motivation to stick with it, however, is much, much harder.
If you’re finding your new regimen difficult to maintain, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. We all have moments where we want to throw in the towel and the prospect of leaving your warm, cozy bed on a chilly morning for a PT session in the park can be very difficult at times.
If you’ve lost your motivation mojo, don’t despair. We’ve compiled a list of practical tips to get you back on track in no time.
Keep a food journal
Track your daily calorie intake by using a nifty smartphone app like My Fitness Pal, which allows you to monitor the nutritional value of everything you eat, from home-cooked meals to shop-bought snacks. Studies have shown that people who track their food intake are much more likely to achieve their weight-loss goals, making it a no-brainer!
Join a support network
Diabetes Australia’s National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) offers a range of useful resources and services such as healthy eating and physical activity programs where you can talk to dietitians and exercise physiologists face-to-face. Download the free Diabetes Australia smartphone app to sign up to events in your area and browse health tips and diabetes-friendly recipes.
Add a soundtrack
Ever noticed how listening to your favourite pop song can put an extra pep in your step? It’s not just your imagination: studies show that syncing beats with exercise can make your body work more efficiently and use less oxygen – thereby improving your endurance and fitness levels. Music’s also the ultimate mood-lifter, so create your very own upbeat playlist and get in the zone.
Find a buddy
There’s nothing worse than being on a diet and going for lunch with friends who order the most calorific items on the menu (and proceed to devour them right in front of you). Pair up with a pal who has similar fitness goals – you’ll be able to support each other through the moments of temptation, share the highs and lows of your fitness journey, even swap new recipes. It’s also much harder to skip that spin class when you’ve agreed to do it together.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Unless you’re naturally blessed with superhuman amounts of self-discipline and willpower, you will have lapses. Your motivation will occasionally falter. What’s important is that, if and when you do fall off the fitness wagon, you don’t spend the next week and a half berating yourself for it. Simply chalk it up to experience, dust yourself off and climb back on.