DESPITE the best intentions for the new year, the reality is that by next month, gym memberships will go waste, cookies will replace broccoli and Pokemon go will edge out The Odyssey.Here’s are some pointers that might help get off the couch and hit the gym.
1. WILLPOWER AND HABIT GO HAND IN HAND
“If you are planning to get fitter this year, willpower helps you resist indulgences and habit makes sure that you rarely find yourself surrounded by these indulgences. A mix of willpower topped with good habits will definitely make things easier.”
2. HOW TO CREATE A HABIT?
“To create or change a habit, you have to think much more about altering your environment and patterns of living than work on steeling your mind. Your Behaviour is very much a product of the environment you are in.”
3. DON’T BLAME STRESS
“Good habits persist even in times of high anxiety. Studies show that those who already had the habit of eating well — or of reading a newspaper or of going to the gym — were just as likely to do that even in the times of stress.”
4. TERM YOU NEED TO KNOW- MENTAL CONTRASTING
“You need to pair optimistic daydreams about the future with identifying and imagining the obstacles that prevent them from reaching that goal. Moderation between being idealistic and realistic is key!”
5. BATTLE PROCRASTINATION
“If you are constantly procrastinating- imagine how it will feel if your work is completed with plenty of time to spare, if you can sleep instead of pulling an all-nighter and actually get everything done in time. Shame and guilt will help you stay on track!”