Last week I asked, if you have stuck with your exercise and healthy eating program that you started at the beginning of the year? If not, you may have made one of the three mistakes to avoid to have a consistent exercise and healthy eating program. I shared how setting realistic goals and expectations will lead to success and motivate you to be keep going.
The number 2 mistake to avoid is Attempting to Follow What Works for Someone Else.
Your Exercise Program
Let me be honest, if someone told me I had to swim every day to get into shape or I had to exercise in the evening, it would not happen. Although, other people may get results by swimming and working out in the evening I would be setting myself up for failure if I tried. My highest level of energy is in the morning and swimming does not fit into my schedule or interest. To stay consistent, which is the key, running and lifting weights keeps my interest and is adaptable for MY personal schedule.
Have you been guilty of trying to do something just because you see someone else doing it, only to discover it did not work for you? I do believe and suggest trying new things to discover your niche and avoid boredom. You may even need an exercise partner or a coach, but find and stick with what works for you.
I am often asked if a particular diet will work. My simple answer is this… Can you do it for the rest of your life? Trying to follow something that is unrealistic such as special meal plan that someone else follows or omitting certain foods completely from your diet never works for long. Learning HOW to eat a variety of foods with a well balanced diet and knowing HOW to prepare quick healthy meals and snacks, even with things get busy, leads to continuous success.
Attempting to follow what works for someone else is definitely one mistake to avoid to have a consistent exercise and healthy eating program.