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Getting Your Head In The Fitness Game

There are dozens upon dozens of new diets recommended every day. It seems like nearly everyone is trying to lose weight and get in shape any way they can. Sadly, many people jump from one fitness plan to another and never really see any lasting success. It would seem that their head isn’t in the game, so to speak.

Weight loss or any fitness goals, for that matter, all begin in your mind. You think about it, you decide you want it and you look for a fitness program that appeals to you. Well, if you’re like most people, you start out all go-ho and excited, but you start to get discouraged when you don’t see instant results. That’s when you jump to the newest popular fitness program.

This cycle repeats itself until you are convinced that you cannot lose weight or get in shape no matter what you try. Have you considered that it isn’t the fitness program that you chose that’s causing you to fail, but your mind set instead? Here are a few secret tricks that just might help you get the most out of your favorite fitness program regardless of which one it is.

Tip: Counting calories is helpful when trying to lose weight. Being aware of the number of calories you consume each day is important, as it is the main factor in whether or not you will lose weight.

Envision what you will look like at your ideal weight. Imagine everything about it, your new found energy, what it will feel like, all the things you will be able to do without the excess weight. Let yourself imagine all the different ways your life will change once you are finally in shape. Will you go dancing? Will you go to the beach or swimming?

Determination will greatly increase your motivation. Keeping these images in your mind will help you through the times when you want to quit working out. When you start to feel like you aren’t making progress fast enough, think about that ideal body and what being fit will allow you to do.

Being realistic in your goals will go a long way towards actually reaching them. Trying to lose 20 pounds in 4 days is completely unrealistic, not to mention unhealthy. Choose a longer time frame, but don’t beat yourself up if you fall a little short. Any amount of weight loss or improvement in your fitness level is a step in the right direction.

Tip: Begin with smaller machines when you start weight lifting. Because these small muscles tire before the large ones, it is logical to work with dumbbells, barbells and other small weights before moving on to the larger machines.

Avoid negative people who try to get you to give up your fitness efforts. People may not intend to sabotage your efforts, but you need to recognize when it is sabotage and avoid it. Others will simply want to derail your success because they are jealous or worried that you won’t like them anymore. You need to understand that you are the one who determines your future, no one else.

Getting your mind in the game is the biggest secret to succeeding with weight loss or fitness. If you don’t have the right mind set or the determination to get through the difficult days, you are more apt to fail and give up. Think you can succeed and you will succeed.

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