The hardest part of an exercise program is often just showing up, we can all come up with a million different excuses to avoid the gym, choose to give in to the excuses and all you are really doing is pushing your goals further away. Showing up is the only way to get results, and with a little planning its easier than you might think; schedule your workouts ahead of time, say no to the excuses and three months from now you will thank yourself.
Set Your Goals
To train effectively you need to know why you are working out, even when you don’t feel like it! Want to run a marathon? Want to drop a dress size? When you can see the bigger picture the steps required to reach that goal become clearer.
Write Down Your Goals
Setting goals is great, but writing them down and putting them on the fridge where you can see them every day, is even better. This will give you visual inspiration and hold you accountable for your decisions.
Before starting any fitness plan you should evaluate your current position and what you are able to achieve. What can you realistically do? Where are you currently at? What size is your waist? How far can I run? Do you really want to be the next Mr or Mrs Universe? This all impacts the plan you will put together.
Create A Plan
Once you have set out your goals, write up a plan on how you will achieve them, with defined steps along the way. Small steps towards a larger goal are much more achievable, than one big overall and probably challenging goal.
Plan Each Workout
In addition to an overall plan, you need to plan individual workouts and sessions. If you meander around the gym thinking about what to do next, you’re wasting valuable time and are not truly focused.
Keep A Log
Writing down and tracking your workouts and progression will demonstrate the gains you are making (or not making). Along with pen and paper, there are many apps and electronic versions of a log you can use to help you monitor and track many aspects of your training. This should help with future planning.
Assess Your Goals
An important part of setting goals is to evaluate them regularly and reset them if required. If you are not tracking or achieving sessions as you had planned, then perhaps change the plan to better suit your abilities.
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