5 Tips to Reboot Your “Get Healthy” Motivation
• Try reverse psychology
• Skip the long aerobic workouts
• Use a “cheat day” rule
• Get a workout buddy
• Make 3 simple rules for yourself
Try a Little “Reverse Psychology”
- Read “The North Beach Diet” by Kim Bailey
- Stop Dieting and Start Living
- Increase Weight, Belly Fat and Thunder Thighs
- Gain 10 lbs. in 48 Hours
- Eat all the Carbs and Fat you Want
- Eat Batter Fried Twinkies & Snickers
- Eat Butter Smothered Steaks with Melted Cheese
- Watch TV Non-Stop for 6 Hours at a Time
- Sit for as Long as You Want
- Avoid ALL Exercise Especially Weight Training
This is a hilarious read and you may find yourself unwittingly swearing off the bad behaviors so closely linked to obesity.
Skip the Long Aerobic Workouts
Current research shows that shorter high intensity workouts may have a more profound impact on overall weight loss vs. long duration, low intensity aerobic workouts. The reason is the after burn, an elevated metabolism that’s higher long after the workout is over. So if pressed for time, high intensity interval training will give you more bang for your buck.
Think in terms of all out effort with whole body dynamic movements for 30 seconds and then rest until you feel ready to go again. Aim for 6 to 10 cycles of this pattern.
Still incorporate LSD workouts (long-slow-distance) maybe twice a week just to mix it up. Every training modality has a place and a purpose in your exercise regimen.
Use the “Cheat Day” Rule
Get a Workout Buddy
Allow yourself one day a week where you can eat whatever you want. What is that one food you have been denying yourself throughout the week?
This does not mean you gorge on 6,000 calories all at once.
Psychologically this has a scientific basis by deterring the body’s natural survival mechanism to overindulge after an extended deprivation cycle. Knowing you can have a treat and enjoy some of those “forbidden foods” makes it easier to stick to the plan the other 6 days.
You’ll also be less likely to cheat uncontrollably knowing that cheat day is around the corner.
You’ll be highly motivated to get back on track after indulging.
Make 3 simple Rules for Yourself
- Research shows that good social support via accountability partners is vital for long term exercise adherence.
- Hire a trainer, engage your child to come alongside you or find a friend with similar exercise goals and time schedule.
- We are almost always more accountable to somebody else than we are to ourselves.
Making your own personal health rules can better guarantee your success.
Keep them simple, specific and reasonable.
Create exceptions to the rule ahead of time.
Examples of rules; never drink my calories, do some form of exercise every day, no unscheduled treats except on cheat day, get 10 minutes of sunshine a day, no eating after 8:00 pm, drink 8 oz. of lemon water first thing in the morning etc.