There may not be a single formula for success in fitness or in life. But you can never go wrong with a dose of self-discipline. It gives you the ability to get things done, especially during times when you feel least motivated. Personal discipline gives you the extra push to keep going to reach your goals. Here are some to build or strengthen self-discipline.
Prepare a game plan. When it comes to building self-discipline, you cannot leave everything to chance. You have to be more deliberate in your approach. Remove anything that might weaken your resolve. Get rid of junk foods and stock up on nutrient-rich foods if you want to maintain a healthy diet. If you want to exercise regularly, create a realistic goal and schedule that you can stick to.
Celebrate small wins. Self-discipline takes time to build. So do not be too hard on yourself. Take it slow and celebrate small wins. You do not have to make major breakthroughs at the get go. Sometimes all it takes is one small step to the right direction to get you going.
Be clear about what drives you. You have to find your own motivation if you want to develop self-discipline. Never lose sight of your end goal. Keep whatever it is that drives you in mind. This could help you when you need to dig deeper within yourself to find the extra push you need to keep going.
Keep it simple. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple. Do not overthink things. Go back to the basics or remember the simple rules that work for you. Keeping it simple helps you focus on the task at hand.
Keep it fun. There is nothing more tedious than doing something that you do not enjoy. If you are trying to get active or stay fit, make sure that you are at least having fun doing what you need to do. Spice up your workouts by adding variety to your routines. Explore other activities that you find interesting.
Stay committed. You have to be committed to stick with something to the very end. You can only build self-confidence once you start making it a habit to do things that you may not actually like doing at times. Stay with the task at hand and give it your all. You might be surprised how easier it gets over time.
Who said you can only exercise by running outside under the sun’s first rays? Who said you can only exercise by walking outside under the sky’s bright stars? Who said you can only exercise by going to the gym across town?
That’s right! No one.
Most of all…
That’s because you can actually exercise at home, in every corner. How?
Here are some ways:
Use the stairs.
If you think stairs are only meant to lead you into the bedroom for a good night’s sleep, think again. Stairs can also be used for (1) cardio endurance workout, where you run up and run back down for at least 20 times; and (2) muscle strength workout, where you step up and step back down for at least 30 times.
Use that space in the kitchen.
That space beside that space between fridge and wall? It might come handier than any other spaces in the kitchen. This is because you can use it as a leverage point when you perform back workouts like sit-ups by the wall for at least 20 times or arm workouts like pushing at the wall for at least 10 minutes. You can also do some leg workouts on that space, where you push your foot at the wall for at least 5 minutes.
Use the couch.
Aside from the stairs, you can also use the couch for muscle strength workout, where you step up and back down for at least 30 times. The only difference here is that the steps you’ll be doing on the couch will be higher than the steps you’ve done on the stairs. Just remember to take it slow, so as not involve yourself in accidents like banging your head onto the floor.
Do you know any other ways to exercise at home, in every corner? Let us know in the comments section below!
One of the misconceptions some people have about a healthy diet is that the food may not be as tasty as other “regular” meals or treats. But eating with the right nutrition in mind does mean you cannot enjoy great tasting food. There are several healthier alternatives out there that taste as good as regular food and one of the keys is through being creative with your meals.
1. Limit the frying. There is something about deep fried foods that are just too addictive. The crunchiness and the taste are just too tempting to resist at times. But if you want to eat healthy, you have to cut down on fried foods. Instead of frying, consider grilling or baking your meat or vegetables.
2. Use spices or fresh herbs. Herbs are actually easy to grow even without a garden. You can grow some in containers to give you a constant supply of fresh herbs when needed. Along with spices, herbs add flavor to food and it is healthier instead of using artificial flavorings.
3. Get creative with side dishes. Instead of having a potato salad for side dish, you can whip up a salad of greens. Or ditch the macaroni and cheese and replace with some sliced fruits and vegetables.
4. Switch to complex carbohydrates. Another way of how to eat healthy is to limit white rice or breads and instead opt for whole grains or other sources of carbohydrates like sweet potatoes. You can even cook the latter in many different ways to make them more flavorful.
5. Cut down on the meat. You do not have to give up the meat. But you can cut down and supplement your diet with plant-based proteins. If you want to eat meat, choose the lean part.
6. Marinate meat. One of the healthy ways to eat is through getting the most out of healthy meat choices like turkey, lean steak, and salmon by marinating them for hours prior to cooking them. Use soy sauce that is low in sodium in marinating meat to end up with great flavors.
7. Prepare your own juices. If you want something to drink, grab an unsweetened fruit juice. Or you can prepare it yourself. This is a great way to control the amount of sugar you consume at any given day.