Habits make a man and habits make your health!
Unconsciously, over the years, we have all slipped into routines that we never analyze to determine the impact on our health.
From the endless cups of java to taking off days from diet and exercise to midnight snacking and mindless eating, many of these habits have become ingrained in our routine and affect our health adversely, without us even realizing it.
Today, as most of us constantly battle priorities at work and home and strive towards achieving a better work life balance, working towards creating a healthy body and mind cannot be ignored.
Here are 3 habits you must drop right now to achieve your fitness goals as soon as possible.
Not thinking positive
Thinking negative thoughts can hinder you from achieving your health goals. Simply telling yourself that you can’t achieve that fab body, means your mind will not let your body work hard enough to achieve it.
Whether you want to lose weight, build strength or quit smoking, it all starts in the mind. Achieving fitness goals takes time and patience and it is easy to quit and accept failure. However, if you keep believing and think positively, it will help you to persevere and work harder towards your goals.
So starting today, replace impossible with possible and ‘I cannot’ with ‘I will’ and see the magic of positivity change your whole life for good.
Making too many excuses
Work, family, children and many other things get in the way of working towards a healthy lifestyle, or so we think. More often than not, too much work, children and social commitments are just excuses that keep you from hitting the gym or going for a jog or even eating healthy.
In order to stick to your fitness routine, think why you want to be fit in the first place. The benefits will outweigh every other thought in your mind and you would no longer find yourself making excuses that keep you from achieving optimal health.
Taking off days, or well, cheat days
We all love cheat days, don’t we? Those special days when you can binge as much as you like – be it super sugary or calorie laden food, it is okay to load up on cheat days.
Well, we don’t think so. Cheat days may sound good and feel good, but honestly, they aren’t doing you too much good. Cheat days train you to depend on a day of over-eating to eat healthy on remaining days of the week. This is not a very sustainable concept, as it can promote the craving for junk food and never let your taste buds or body adapt completely to whatever diet you are trying to follow.
Instead, be consistent with your diet and fitness regime. It is okay to have an extra slice of bread or a cup cake once in a while, but overloading on sugar and carbs every week in the name of sustaining your diet will do more harm than good in the long run.
Now that you have made the decision to get fit and stay fit, drop these 3 self-destroying habits of negative thinking, making excuses and following cheat days to work your way out to the best shape and health you can ever be.