The often-quoted response given for missing out workout sessions is lack of time. Many of us multitask between different things: family, work, health and other things. We set personal goals for each of these things, but mostly fulfill only workplace and family goals while health takes a backseat. To curb thing, we do take an oath every new year or on our birthdays to allocate sufficient time for health, but this fades away in due course of time. Time management is the best way to overcome these failures and help you succeed in your health goals as well.
Be specific about the goal
Losing weight might be the top priority, but there are also other concerns such as increasing muscle mass, changing eating habits or losing belly weight, etc. Target a specific goal and work towards that goal. When you are unsure about the goal, there is no way to succeed in your endeavor. With hard-set goals, you can fulfill the day’s workout requirements even between your hectic work schedules and other things.
Start from reverse and work backward. If your goal is to gain muscle mass, decide how much time you need for this and create a timeline. Do the same for your other goals as well, such as weight loss or even for your office goals.
Question Yourself on the Next Step
Once you are clear about your goal and the time-period for the goal is also decided, start planning on how you are going to achieve your target. For instance, losing weight needs changing eating habits, working out and sleeping right. Next, tackle each of these steps individually. Changing eating habits needs restructuring your kitchen cabinets, changing grocery lists and adopting healthy menu ideas. Physical activity can be walk, working out at the gym or learning exercises that can be done at your home. Sleeping right needs a calm mind and relaxing hours of sleep during the night. You can form a timeline for each of these steps and work individually on each of these goals. This way, you get a clear picture on your requirements and also on your performance. If you are stuck up getting started on your health targets, it is better to meet a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com to help you achieve them.
Allocate Timeslots for Each of Your Health Goals
Plan your workouts, trips to the grocery store and even sleeping hours in the same way you plan your doctor’s appointment and stick to it. Workout sessions can be repeated at the same time every day. Tag a friend along who can motivate and support you. For shopping, it is better to create a list in advance to avoid picking things out of temptation. This saves time and extra calories too.
Keep Basics Ready
As you have planned your grocery shopping list, you are aware of your meal plans and it is better to get the basics done a few times a week to save time. Chopping vegetables, getting the tomato puree ready or grinding the required powders in batches saves time and helps you focus on your other things as well.
Use your Saved Time
If cooking is done early, kids are out to play or if you have completed work at office prior end time, make use of this precious time to achieve your goal. You can take a walk at your office, do a few exercise workouts at home or meditate for some time to sleep well at night. Looking at the broader scenario, we might feel that we don’t have much time. But, breaking your goal into smaller ones gives you enough time to complete your tasks.
At the end of the week, take out your goal list and tick off your targets one by one. This will give you an idea about the following week. Do these goals need any change? Are your workout plans progressive? Is your grocery list leaving you with cravings? Answering these questions gives you clarity and energy to plan again for the upcoming week and get back right on track.
Setting goals, working towards them with diligence and clarity and not stopping until your goals is achieved is the secret mantra to success. Hurdles are practical and there is no way that one can work towards his/her targets smoothly. How you handle these hurdles and come out of it successfully is the main concern.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.