5 ideas that can help you stay in control of your diet and exercise

Emotional intelligence – just because you feel it doesn’t mean you have to act on it!

Eating/drinking something when influenced by our emotions is a way we can get ourselves into a bit of a pickle! i.e. I’ve had a stressful day at work, usual response – I’m going to drink alcohol or eat something uber high calorie to make me feel better. If you can recognise the emotion then you can work on controlling the response, or chose a more positive response; exercise to relieve the stress instead.

Write it down

Whether it be your menu for the week or your gym sessions in the diary, you are much more likely to adhere to it if you write it down! At the start of the week chose a menu of the meals you are going to have, that way you remove the need for last minute convenience food.
Planning your gym sessions in your diary is massively beneficial to you achieving them. Not only does it allow you to factor them into your week from a time management perspective, it also puts them in line, importance wise, with other things in your calendar i.e work, family time.

Trigger foods

These are the foods that you can’t just have one of! The food that once you open, the whole pack is gone. Removing these foods from your house or replacing with a low calorie alternative is going to help you no end. If you can’t control yourself around these foods, remove them or remove yourself from the environment.

Exercise 

Motivation and confidence are going to be the initial factors to contend with when getting into exercise. Start off with going to classes, finding a gym buddy or hiring a personal trainer to keep you motivated and accountable. All of these things will keep you motivated until a habit forms and then that will take over and you won’t need motivation anymore.

Environment 

Engineer the environment you need to help you succeed. This could be getting involved with a group that is into fitness either online or in person. Groups like The Better Body Co. members group on Facebook are motivating, supportive and have members that are interested in health & fitness.

Published by Andrew Shaw

Personal Trainer Chocolate connoisseur Lifts weights Holiday lover I interview fitness folk on YouTube

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