You feel great and are ready to take on the world. Well, at least challenge your body and take on the challenges of the gym. That first workout is invigorating and you can’t imagine not being able to achieve success. Inevitably, that enthusiasm you started with often wanes and it’s tough stay dedicated to your fitness goals. The key to success in fitness come primarily from sticking with a goal. Here are a few ways clients shared to maintain their determination to strive for success.
Workout with a friend or use a personal trainer.
Having a workout buddy holds you accountable for showing up at the gym. It becomes an appointment. You have someone to answer to for not going, other than yourself. Working out with a friend or a personal trainer also helps you keep your goals in focus, since both will share your victories and your defeats with you. You’ll be amazed at how this simple method keeps you more focused.
Break your big goals down to smaller, easier to achieve goals.
Create an overall goal, then break it down to what you need to achieve each week. When you achieve a goal, it provides a lot of motivation. Rather than focusing on losing twenty pounds, focus on losing two pounds a week for ten weeks. When you break the goal down, you can also make adjustments along the way if you aren’t seeing the results you want.
Track your success in several ways, not just by the scales.
If you only focus on one type of measurement, such as the number of pounds lost, you may miss other signs of progress. The number of inches lost is just as important. If you’re working out, you’ll build muscle tissue. Muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat tissue does. So if you weigh 150 pounds and are solid muscle, you’ll look far thinner than if you weighed the same 160 pounds but had more fat tissue. The more muscle tissue you have, the easier it is to lose weight, look and feel your best. Judging your progress by clothing size is another way to keep your momentum up as you progress in your exercise regimen.
- Give yourself a treat when you reach a goal. Don’t make it food related, but stick with other types of rewards, like an hour to do anything you want or a new outfit.
- Share your goals with a friend and keep them posted of your successes. Just like having a workout buddy, having a friend or group of friends to share successes with helps.
- Get help from a personal trainer. While a trainer makes a great workout buddy, he or she does even more. Trainers develop programs that provide success faster. Success is a powerful motivator.
- Make your workout an appointment. Put it in your schedule, just as you would any other appointment. Do it the same time every day until it becomes a habit. You’ll be more prone to stick with a habit.
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