Creating Successful Training Habits
There are many reasons why people end up dropping out of a new fitness program. But the most common fact that has been found is that when faced with adversity, people revert back to their old bad habits.
Does this sound familiar to you???
The best place to start is creating success-orientated habits, that will help you stay on track with your new training and/or dieting routine. The most important thing is that you make a commitment/ promise, to yourself that you will never give up on yourself. Persistence and consistency are very essential to your success!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle
Follow these 5 strategies to form the habits you need to achieve your fitness goals this year:
#1. Set Realistic Goals
Your journey to becoming fit and healthy should have very clear, objective goals. You should have short-term (1-3 months), and long-term goals (e.g. 6+ months). Start by visualizing where you want to be and how you plan on achieving it. Make sure to assess your progress every 2-4 weeks (depending on your goal) to make sure you’re staying on track. Regardless of your rate of progress, stick to your goals! The fastest way to stump your progress is to constantly change your path. Take your time and never stop working toward it until you achieve it.
#2. Start Immediately!
Start working toward your fitness goal today. Do not procrastinate! If you’re serious about what you want to accomplish, whether it be losing weight or toning up, do not put it off another second. Start immediately. How many people say, “I’ll start working out next week” or “I’ll begin my diet tomorrow”and then are full of excuses for the gym, or overeat for another week, or gain more weight? The longer you wait to get started, the further you separate yourself from being successful. It’s a giant step in the wrong direction!!!
#3. Find a Trainer or Exercise Specialist
Investing in hiring a trainer is the best thing you can do to ensure continual motivation and accountability. A trainer has the knowledge and experience in the weight room that will save you time and aggrevation in the gym. They know how to create individualized programs that are targeted for your needs and goals, this way you don’t risk running into that dreaded plateau or getting frustrated from not knowing what step to take next.
#4. Planning Ahead
Planning for when you’re going to train, and planning for when and what you’re going to eat. Spend an hour or so preparing all your meals for the work week and put them in tupperware. By having all your meals pre-made, you no longer have to worry about what you’re going to do for a meal when you get hungry or don’t have much time.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail!” This is sooo true! Your ability to achieve your goals is directly related to your ability to anticipate and plan around potential barriers.
#5. Using Reminders
The more you can remind yourself of your goal and maintain that mind state, the more successful you’ll be. Surround yourself with pictures of people with the body, strength or personality you desire. Put motivational quotes on your desk and fridge. The places you spend the most time throughout the day should be littered with images and words that reinforce your goals.