3 fitness hurdles, lots of tips to get over them
Are you struggling to keep up your health and fitness routine? Here are a few of the common stumbling blocks you might run into (not literally), and some simple tips to get you over those hurdles.
- You’ve eaten something naughty
- The weather outside is awful
- You’re not losing weight as fast as you’d like
- And more tips, in our print-out-and-keep factsheet
You’ve eaten something naughty
“I’ve had one, I might as well finish the bag.” Don’t beat yourself up if you eat something unhealthy once every so often. You can start again fresh the next day, it’s not the end of the world – as long as it doesn't happen too often.
You may be eating because you’re a bit hungry and have nothing better to do: “I’m bored, what’s in the fridge?” Or you may be thirsty, and not realise it. We’re actually quite bad at telling hunger from thirst sometimes. If you think you’re a bit peckish, have a glass of water – or a light cup of tea if you prefer – and wait 20 minutes. The chances are your hunger pangs will disappear.
The weather outside is awful
“I don’t want to get cold and wet, as well as tired and achy.” Okay, but what if it rains all week? Get online, have a look at the Seven Minute Workout. It’s a short burst of intense exercise that’s been scientifically devised to provide as many health benefits as going for a long run. You can do it indoors, with just a wall and a chair. You’ll feel like you’ve been jogging, without getting cold and wet or taking up too much time.
You’re not losing weight as fast as you’d like
“I’ve only lost a pound in the last fortnight. Why am I bothering?” Because you still want to lose weight, right? You should be aiming to drop 1-2 pounds a week for sustainable weight loss that’s less likely to go back on, later on. If you’re not hitting your target, have a look at your plan and see where you can squeeze in a bit more exercise, or cut a few calories. Keep making changes until you’re losing the right amount.
Want some more tips?
We have a handy print-out-and-keep factsheet from Will Greenwood just for you too, with simple healthy lifestyle tips. Stick it to your fridge for ideas to keep you motivated.