Different things makes each and everyone of us tick. Sometimes it can be hard to always understand what these are and what we actually want to achieve. For some, exercise is a way of life and done with ease. For others, it can fill with dread.
If you’re one of those people that it fills with complete dread, then learning to connect with what yourself is not something that can happen in an instant, but if you are wanting to make real change here are five of my top tips that will help you get there. Write them down. Stick post it’s on your mirror if you have to. Just follow these, get moving and you’ll be achieving your goals in no time.
1. Know What Your End Goal Looks Like
Flying out of the blocks and getting in the gym right away is admirable but will power will only get you so far. Heading to the gym without some idea of what you want to achieve is like setting off on a journey with no clue about where you are going and hoping to get there…
What are you training for? Is it a weight? Is it a fitness goal? How can you measure it?
It doesn’t matter how conceited or superficial it is nor does it matter how simple it is (simple is a good thing by the way), it could be:
· Being able to take a selfie and seeing some abs
· Being could be being able to run 10km
· Weighing under 80kg
Whatever it is, make it a stretch and make it important to you as it NEEDS to be something you HAVE TO DO.
2. Write Down Your Plan
Now that you have an end goal, the next step is mapping out how you are going to get there. All those reasons why you haven’t achieved your goals previously – no time, motivation, it’s too boring and so on, throw them out the window and make the plan. The fewer excuses you are able to make, the more likely you are to do it.
Here is where I would invest a fitness professional to help devise the right plan for you and your gym sessions so that you know exactly what you’re going to do when you get there.
Your personal trainer will be someone you can turn to in hard times and who can support you so it’s also important to have some rapport there.
3. Record and review
Now that you have your plan together, you need to get start tracking. Have a designated gym book that lives in your gym bag or notes in your phone so that you can make a daily log.
This will enable you to record your session and your progress. You will also find that this will keep you motivated and on track and help you to see what works and what doesn't.
Plus, you need to be refreshing your training plan at least every 4-6 weeks so that your body is continually challenged. Not only will it keep things interesting, you will also find that it will keep you really positive along the way.
4. Get some support
If you are going to make a serious change, you are going to need some help along the way.
This could be a check in with your personal trainer, or another fitness professional every month to help keep you on track. It could also be having a close friend you can check in with. By feeling accountable for what you’re doing is a great way to commit to exercising and will give you the extra push you need.
Whoever you choose to be your tracker, just make sure that they are continually encouraging. No criticising is allowed. At this stage you need to be spending time with people or in environments that help you develop and advance in your training plan. It’s critical you’re with people who really believe in you and want the very best for you too.
5. Be single minded
The world is full of people who falsely believe that they know better than you and the gym tends to be a place for these types to congregate.
Mother nature, in the interests of variety, saw fit to make sure that we are all different shapes and sizes with our own quirky metabolisms, toned areas and flabby parts. We are all different and that can only be a great thing.
You may not have the abs, arms or legs you long for, or may not be as tall, or small as you like, but the best thing is to treat your body well, be consistent and it will start to thank you.
That person you saw in the gym who happened to look like your idea and told you what works for them, is telling you exactly that. It works for them which means it probably won’t work for you as we’re all so different.
This is why I’d advise you to get a REAL plan together from the start and see someone who knows their stuff so that you have a programme of value that you can follow and trust is right for your body.
The gym is your journey. You never know, you might even enjoy it!
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