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Fitness Plan or Goal: “I will get in shape for 2017”. You made a New Years Resolution for 2017 and you’re now 5 months into it. Have you fallen off and has that gym membership been collecting dust? Have you made every excuse to not workout? Life got too busy and your health has taken a back seat?
Here are 10 tips to help you get your fitness plan back on track:
- Remind yourself why you set this goal. This will motivate you to get back on track.
- Ensure your goal is specific. Review your goal and make sure it is clear and precise.
- Book the time into your schedule. Put a reminder on your phone or calendar so that it’s scheduled into your day. Also, make sure to include rest days.
- Do things you enjoy. Try to include activities that you enjoy. If it’s cardio, maybe go out for a hike instead of running on the treadmill.
- Have a partner or friend join you. Having someone with similar goals, will help keep you accountable. Plus it’s more enjoyable to workout with someone.
- Break your goal down. Setting smaller goals in order to reach your end goal.
- Set times to review your progress. Keeping a log of your progress will help keep you on track and motivated.
- Celebrate! Reward yourself once you’ve reached a small goal.
- Review and reflect. Go over your end goal and look at where you’re at currently. Ensure that the end goal is still attainable. Make changes if necessary.
- Stay positive! Having the right mindset is key.
We all go through ups and downs with our fitness plan. I’ve gone through it for years and years; I’ll be active for several months and all of sudden stop and fall off. However, after each workout, I felt great and this was the feel good endorphins kicking in. When tomorrow came, the feel good endorphins weren’t there and I again procrastinated and had every excuse in the book not to go.
I’ve come to realize that the reason I couldn’t stick to a fitness plan was because I didn’t totally enjoy what I was doing. It was like a ‘chore’ for me to run on the treadmill, use the bowflex, lift some dumbbells, etc. Also, I didn’t have a clear goal with target dates. I thought of working out as something that I needed to do to be healthy, but it wasn’t something that I really wanted for myself.
It was not until about 7 months ago, that I got into powerlifting and it was something that I had researched and watched videos of other powerlifters prior to starting. That’s how I developed a passion for it and now going to the gym is no longer a chore and it’s actually fun!
Put a little more thought into your fitness plan and don’t only think of it as something that you need to do for better health. There are many activities or sports that you may enjoy, a fitness plan does not necessary mean hitting the gym.