Define your fitness goals. What are they? Fat loss? Building muscle? Focusing on increasing mobility? Training for an event? All great accomplishments but too broad to be goals. Set yourself up for success by building a framework. Be specific. Then be even MORE specific. Spelling it out in minute detail is critical for success. For example: “I will foam roll every night” instead becomes “I will foam roll every night for 5 minutes before I brush my teeth.”
In the beginning, make it easy (and fun.) Going from zero to 100 is not sustainable. Try a class, go for a run, take a walk but ‘dial it back’ a bit. You should feel successful after your workout. Keep it fun and build positive associations with movement and fitness. After a week, you’ll have started a habit of regular exercise and will be feeling empowered. That confidence will allow you to work toward bigger and bigger goals. Try a Tailored Training Class, we keep it fun, and fit.
Big picture planning Look at your year as a whole. When are your busy seasons at work? In life? Set yourself up for success by making realistic activities for these times. Can’t fit in a workout? Increase your steps during the day. If you might have the time, ask me for a desk workout you can do in the office!
Think beyond the gym. There are lots of other things we can do to maintain our fitness that don’t require us to head to the gym - and they can be game-changers. Getting enough sleep? Fueling properly with at least five servings of green leafy veggies a day? Moving every 20 minutes or so? Incorporating these habits can make big changes in your health and fitness when ‘life’ gets in the way of your fitness routine.
I wish you all the best this NEW YEAR!
I am a personal trainer, health coach and fitness instructor. I want to educate and empower you so that you will be able to challenge yourself, safely and effectively, even when we are not working together. Check out these workouts and articles.