Getting fit can be extremely challenging, but once you reach your goal it is important you stay fit. Here is a list of helpful tips you can use to make sure you don’t lose the fit physique you worked so hard to obtain.
1: Weigh your food intake
Whatever you do, do not eyeball your food measurements. Stay away from measuring cups too. The best way to measure your food intake is weighing it. Get a food scale for your kitchen and one portable scale to keep with you at all times. This way you will cover all you bases and will not have excuse when skipping on food measurements.
2: Always go for more
Even you have been able to get more fit and ripped than what you ever dreamed of, continue to push yourself. For example, make sure you’re always trying to beat your previous performance at the gym. Or push yourself to eat cleaner and leaner than the day before. Your attitude should always be to be an overachiever; always go for more.
One note to add, if by any chance one day you feel like you’re not performing as well during your workout, take a step back and cut back a little on your ambition. There’s no point in pushing yourself if you are not executing the workout correctly. So if you’re not feeling well it’s okay to avoid a mediocre job as well as hurting yourself by cutting back until you feel better.
3: Keep track of everything
You can’t track your progress unless you’re keeping track of it! Keep track of everything from your heart rate, blood pressure, weight, temperature, breathing, etc. This way you will be in tune with your internal body progress, as well as your external body progress.
4: Keep a food journal and a workout journal
In order to be consistent with your fitness, you must keep a food journal as well as a workout journal. Write down what foot items you intake, how many calories, sugar levels, fat levels, etc. When it comes to your workout, do the same. Keep track of your running speed, your weight level, etc. Only this way can you actually compare where you were at yesterday and figure out what is the best way to push yourself, without hurting yourself.
5: Address your pain
If you start to feel pain somewhere on your body or something just doesn’t feel right, address your pain. Find out what is causing the pain and work it out. If the pain is too severe, go see a physician. It’s important you take care of yourself and learn how to protect your body from future injuries.
6: If you want a treat, make sure you know the potential consequences and ask yourself if it’s worth it.
7: When at a restaurant, either special order or pick out the best option and never fall into the “Ah, damn it, it will sabotage my efforts anyway, so why not eat it all?” mindset.
8: Don’t acknowledge lack of energy.
Always psych yourself up by telling yourself you’re strong even though you may not feel like it. Such behavior is actually scientifically backed as recent research has suggested that energy levels are largely a mental issue. The CEO’s and army rangers who are fully capable of consistently operating with three hours of sleep or less are not biologically different than you, they simply possess a great will. So try to psych yourself out and zap away your next energy dip.