15 Jan 5 Tips on Achieving your Fitness Goals
Every year, millions of people make the resolution of changing their lives for the better. Workout more. Eat healthier. Lose fat. Build muscle. Live healthier. Although these are great aspirations, so many people blindly go about their new goals and end up falling off the wagon two or three weeks in.
Thankfully, Physiomed has compiled 5 tips to help you choose the right track and stay on it!
Hitting the ground running may not be the best approach for long-term lasting results. If you’ve neglected to have a regular workout routine, pushing yourself too hard could lead to injury, overtraining and even hinder your progress if you haven’t done the right research beforehand. Make sure you start gradually, slowly increasing the intensity over time. Making sure you’re also doing certain exercises correctly will help you reach results, while doing them incorrectly could slow down your progress. Lack of results is a major component is discouragement and lack of motivation.
If you have health issues, make sure to consult a professional before adhering to any program or routine.
Plan it Out
Planning is essential for success, especially when you’re changing your lifestyle. Your goals should be specific as well as realistic. Unrealistic goals can definitely leave you feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Making a schedule will also help you keep to your new routine, marking which days you’ll do certain workouts, meal plans and much more. Additionally, figuring out what you want to focus on will help achieve you goal. Do you want to focus on one particular part of your body? Do you want to focus on heart health? Writing down exactly what you want to achieve and what you need to do to reach your goals.
Having a network of friends and workout partners will help you stay accountable, which is a huge part of reaching your goals. Having a partner to workout with can also help keep you on track. You both don’t need to have the same goals, but have someone who’s also committed will increase your chances of sticking to your routine.
It’s in the Details
When it comes to setting out and writing your goals down, being specific will definitely help you reach them. Simply aiming to ‘lose weight’ isn’t as effective as ‘lose 20 pounds’. This makes your goals easy to achieve and gives you an end point. Not to say you stop there, but once you’ve achieved one goal, you create another one and work towards that. Constantly making small specific goals that are achievable will motivate you to stay on track for much longer.
It’s easy to sign up for a spin class, but if you absolutely hate spinning, you’re not exactly going to motivated to do so. Find routines and exercises that leave you feeling good and align with your goals. Combining different routines or types of exercise will keep you away from boredom or monotony.