Staying on Track
Now we are back, how are your 2021 fitness goals looking? Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey or a regular gym-goer, it always helps to have a target. From gaining strength to losing weight, learning a new skill or improving your overall health, nothing feels as good as reaching the goals we set out to achieve.
We understand it can be difficult to keep motivated and we could all use a little help now and then. So, if you need a little support, here are our top tips for maintaining a regular exercise routine all year round.
1. Plan something for every session
When goal setting, a lot of people just set one long term goal and aim for that. However, if after a month you haven't achieved it you can start to get disheartened and might question your commitment. Setting small, incremental goals will get rid of this. For example if you ran on the treadmill for 15minutes one session, plan to run for 16 the next time and add 1 minute each time after. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to hitting your targets.
2. Set a deadline
This can work well with planning something for every session, as you can work out what improvements you need to make each session to complete your ultimate goal. This can also keep motivation high because when you start getting nearer the time you set for your goal you know that you aren't far off what you set out to achieve.
3. Write down your goals
There have been various studies regarding this, and the overwhelming consensus is that by writing something down you are around 40% more likely to actually do it. When writing these down they can be short or long term goals. So, when setting yourself targets, write them down (and share with others) and you'll be more likely to achieve them!
4. Reward yourself
Don't wait for the end goal to reward yourself! If you are starting something new and hit a milestone you never thought you would then give yourself a reward. It doesn't have to be extravagant even a simple reward can keep you motivated to achieve the next milestone.
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help
If you're struggling to stick to your fitness goals, are unsure of how to do a specific exercise or would like to try something new at the gym but aren't sure how, we can help. You can speak to a personal trainer at one of our centres, check out our social media channels or read our other blogs, such as ourtop stretches for flexibility.