4 Keys to Achieving and Maintaining Fitness Success
When it comes to setting weight loss or fitness goals, most people just do the bare minimum of setting a goal to lose weight or get fit. What happens with such a non specific goal is that it gets blown out of the water at the sight of a glazed doughnut or a box of pizza. There’s no meaning or purpose to the goal. There’s nothing memorable about it. It just won’t stick.
Some people state a simple weight loss goal. Lose 10 to 15 pounds. That’s a bit better but it doesn’t really have much to grab on to, And trust me there is much more to just getting rid of 15 to 20 pounds, you need to keep it off, which means lifestyle change. Eating every few hours, not being able to have cheat meals or go to restaurants with friends…
If you want to set yourself up for success, you need to set a realistic goal for yourself.
Now, it’s your turn. I want you to create a weight loss goal and I want you to do it using a pen and paper. Studies have shown that when you put pen to paper, you make your brain say, Hey, something important is happening. I better pay attention.
Once you have done that, i want you to take a picture of it on your phone and carry it around with you and look at it whenever you need motivation. You don’t feel like eating your meal or exercising after work? Pull out your phone and take a look at your goals and how important they are to you. Your friends are planning to go get wings after work and they are tempting you? Look at your goals.
I suggest you read this goals every morning. Read it before you go to bed, post it on the fridge or wherever you can. Seek help when you are feeling overwhelmed or need help. You don’t have to do this alone. It is very important to have one support person that is there to help you because it will make this process that much easier. It could be anyone, family, friend, a trainer are great people and motivators to help you and keep you accountable.
Your second step is to actually walk into a gym. If that is something that intimates you, you can also hire a personal trainer online which would require you set up a small home gym for yourself. Many people in this situation hire a personal trainer to get them started on the right track. They can create you a proper nutrition plan and help you with your workout routine and how to use equipments. if you’re going to invest time and money, and trust in a person to guid you in the right direction, then you need to make sure you pick the right person.
Your third step is finding a personal trainer that suites your needs. someone that understands you and you get along with. If you prefer to work at home, look into hiring a private personal trainer or an online coach. A simple internet search can help you find that. Hiring a private trainer is the most expensive route, but its often more convenient. If you decide to go this path make sure to ask if equipment would be provided or what equipment you ned to purchase.
Once you have a Personal trainer in mind make sure to ask for their certifications and to see if they are qualified to help you with your goals. In addition to recognized certification, make sure your trainer knows CPR and first aid. Don’t be afraid to ask to see proof of certification. After all you are putting your health in this persons care.
Make sure to choose a personal trainer that motivates you. Your trainer should fit your personality and motivation style. You will be spending allot of time with with this person, so your comfort and communication is key to your success for your goals.
If you have special needs its important to ask your personal trainer if they have experience working with them. Exercise can help relieve symptoms of many medical conditions, but bad choices can be harmful to existing problems. Also make sure to check with your doctor before starting with a personal trainer. After being cleared, mention every medical condition to your trainer. Give yourself the best chance to succeed.
The fourth and last step would be to take your time. This is a big deal because allot of people when they start their fitness goals are anxious to see quick results. Its definitely not easy to change your eating habits and life style, you would want to see quick changes to stay motivated. You do have to understand there is an e healthy way to do this. The easy way would put your health at risk and the healthy way would make you enjoy the process as you go. This is a mental game more than anything, Thats why is very important to stay motivated and communicate with your trainer on daily basis and let them know how you feel. Its also good to have a journal and write down everything you are feeling. Be prepared to overcome this challenges by looking at the future picture. Making the right choice can mean the difference between achieving your goals and ending up as another failed resolution.