Fitness and Weight Loss: How to Stay on Track

When it comes to weight loss, a healthy diet is a big part of the equation for success, but fitness is also a key component. 

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If weight loss is your goal and you’ve started a fitness program in addition to your healthy diet, consistency is a must.  From hectic days at work to workout burnout, help yourself stay on track by recognizing and derailing these common “fitness saboteurs” from the American Council on Exercise (ACE):

  1. Stress – It happens to all of us when life gets chaotic.  Remember that a workout or even a walk is one of the best things you can do to alleviate stress.
  2. Unrealistic Expectations – Results come from realistic goals and patience.  Recognize that you are making a long-term lifestyle change for success.
  3. Overtraining – Rest and recovery are vital to an effective fitness program.  Schedule strenuous workouts around less strenuous activities to stay motivated, give muscles time to recover and keep your energy up.
  4. The Unexpected – If life is anything, it’s unpredictable.  Know that your plans may need to change, so look for opportunities to change things up and try something new instead of skipping your workout altogether.
  5. Negative Self Talk – Self talk is powerful!  Why undermine yourself, your health goals and your success with it when you can instead use self talk to motivate and build confidence?  Replace the negative with positive and see a world of difference.

How do you stay on track with fitness and a healthy diet when life throws curve balls?  Find more tips on avoiding these fitness saboteurs from American Council on Exercise (ACE).

While working fitness into your daily routine is a must, a healthy diet is the foundation to success in weight loss.