Stop Trying To Lose Weight Alone

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Weight loss may be a personal goal, but that doesn’t mean you should do it alone. Like any challenge, having motivation from other people can help to spur you on. Here are just a few ways to lose weight with the help of other people.

 

Find a weight loss partner

 

Got a friend or family member that also wants to shed the pounds? Trying to lose weight together could be beneficial to you both. You can both motivate one another – when one person doesn’t want to go to the gym or thinks about giving in to an unhealthy food, the other person can help to steer them the right way. Having a weight loss partner may even offer some healthy competition – if they lose more pounds than you in a month, it could spur you to try and do better the next month to try and beat their weight loss.

 

Join weight loss groups

 

There are a large number of weight loss groups that can also provide encouragement. This could be a dieting group such as Weight Watchers in which everyone provides encouragement for each other. Alternatively, it could be an exercise group such as a spin class or a regimental fitness class – not everyone may be there to lose weight, but you’ll still have people encouraging you to work hard and attend the next class.

 

Get guidance from a professional

 

Another option could to hire the help of a professional. This could be a culinary nutrition expert who can help you to come up with a personalised diet or a personal trainer who can create a personalised exercise regime. Not only can these professionals advise you on the best ways to lose weight for your individual needs, they can also provide expert motivation. The incentive of paying for their advice also could encourage you to keep up the hard work.

 

Use weight loss apps

 

Apps may not be human beings, but they can still provide the outside encouragement needed to help you lose weight. There are apps that can count your steps, tell you how many calories are in certain foods, give you meal plan ideas or simply help you record your progress. There are lots of these weight loss apps out there – it could be worth testing multiple ones out until you find one that motivates you.

 

Encourage your friends and family to motivate you

 

Your friends and family can provide a vital influence on how well you follow your weight loss plan. You want to make sure that they’re supporting you – they shouldn’t be talking you out of exercise or eating unhealthy snacks in front of you, but instead helping to make healthy meals for you and driving you to the gym. Have a word with your friends and family if you think they’re being a negative influence. Your friends and family shouldn’t have to change their lifestyle to suit yours, however they should have the respect to let you follow your goals.

Glasstic Water Bottle

This is a sponsored post however these are my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Check out my Glasstic Water Bottle in the image above.

Being into fitness and doing things such as yoga and going to the gym, I always have a water bottle on me. I love putting bits of fruit or lemon and limes in the water to add a little flavor and the best results come in my glass bottles which stay colder longer and don’t give that nasty metallic taste back. But unfortunately, I couldn’t take my favorite water bottles to the yoga studios or the gym because they have a no glass rule. And although I don’t mind drinking from a normal plastic bottle, it’s just not the same. Then I found the Glasstic water bottle and the game changed. It’s actually approved by most yoga studios because of its shatterproof technology. Its shatterproof technology which keeps any glass from breaking out makes it the perfect bottle for places that have a “no glass” policy. Even more important is it’s easy to close and lock top for the kids to use. With not having to worry about it breaking I can let them keep the bottle with them on the couch, in bed, or in the backyard without having to worry and you can’t put a price on peace of mind. Clean up for the Glasstic water bottle is also super easy. Busy moms know its super hard to find the time to clean a sippy cup and make sure it’s thoroughly clean and most are not dishwashable. The Glasstic water bottle though is and super simple to just separate the pieces and put in the dishwater saving precious time. The neatest part though is the ability to customize your own Glasstic water bottle. You can take your favorite prints from the ones provided or design your own and make it all your own. The kids have to have each their own and when one wants what the other has, changing them out is easy enough. Not having to worry about my kids breaking glass around the house or outside, and being able to enjoy my favorite refreshing beverages after a workout has really changed the game around my house. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is on the move with kids or anyone who likes to make their own drinks and hates the metallic or plastic taste that comes with the traditional bottles.

Keeping Fit This Winter

It always seems to be much easier to motivate ourselves to exercise when it’s warm outside. We want to be toned and beach-ready, so we’ve got a goal to work towards and going out for a run in the sun or cooling off in the pool is a nice way of spending the afternoon. Then, the cooler months hit. We don’t want to go out in the dark before or after work, we’ve got aches and pains, coughs and cold and frankly, just don’t want to. Many of us gain weight over winter, and while it doesn’t seem to matter as we’re covered up in layers anyway, it can have other adverse effects.

 

Even a few weeks off exercise can see your fitness levels start to decrease, making it harder to get back to your best when you are ready. On top of this, weight gain can lead to low confidence and self-esteem, trouble sleeping, greasy skin and lifeless hair and higher risks of picking up winter bugs.

 

So, while it’s fine to change your exercise routine in the colder months when you perhaps don’t want to run 10k in the cold and rain, it’s important that you do maintain some level of activity. Here are some great tips to help you stay motivated this winter.

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Address the Aches and Pains

 

One of the main reasons people put off exercise in the winter is that they ache. It’s perfectly normal to have some aches and pains when it’s cold, especially as you start to get older. But, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it.

 

First, ask yourself if it is just winter aches and not something more serious? Listen to your body, take care of foot pain if you’ve got any, see a dr if you need to and start doing some yoga or Pilates to strengthen your back and core.

 

Exercise Early

 

One of the best ways to stop making excuses is to do the exercise before you’ve had time to think of any. Exercising first thing in the morning gets it out of the way. Instead of spending the day dreading going to the gym after work, you can feel pleased with your accomplishment.

 

Set Goals

 

You might want to make your goals a little smaller over the winter, especially if you are struggling with colds and illness. But, it’s still important to set them. Set yourself small, easy to reach targets that will keep you going and boost your confidence.

 

Try Something New

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An excellent way to motivate yourself in winter is trying new things. If you don’t fancy running or swimming, focus on home workouts or fitness classes. Try some online exercise videos as well as fun group classes like Zumba or spinning. Who knows, you might find something that you love or that you are really good at.

 

Remember to just keep moving. If you don’t feel like exercise, that’s fine, make sure you go for a walk or do some stretches before bed. As long as you are moving, you are burning calories and keeping fit.