Fitness resembles life in many ways. It can be a reflection of how how committed you are to your own health, how well you can stick to a regular schedule, how hard you're willing to push to reach your own goals, and how good you are at putting one foot in front of the other because you said you would - and not just when you're jazzed.
The good news is, getting organized with your fitness routine can actually help you to get it together in other areas of your life. If you can create a fitness plan and stick to it not only will you succeed at fitness, you'll gain skills in planning and accomplishing other projects. You may even see more success, effectiveness and efficiency in other areas of your life. In my business, I teach clients and online students how to make a workout plan that fits into the schedule and takes minimal time to get results, and is one they'll stick to.
Here are 3 easy steps to take regarding starting a fitness program and becoming successful at sticking with it:
- Take a look at your weekly schedule in advance. Find the days and times that present the best opportunity for exercise. Exercise could be anything from a 15-20 minute walk to an hour session at the gym, including changing your clothes if necessary.
- Write these workouts into your schedule. Schedule a couple of extra ones if you can. That way if something serious comes up during the week you won't get anxious and frustrated that you'll be failing at your goal. If you haven't been exercising, make sure to start small, like 1-2 sessions in the first week. After a couple of weeks of accomplishing these workouts, see if you can add a few more minutes to your workouts either in the form of longer workouts, or an additional session until you get up to the ideal number of exercise sessions (at least 150 min of moderate cardiovascular exercise and two total body strength training sessions) in a week.
- Honor your commitment to yourself. When you make an appointment on the calendar with yourself, treat it like any other appointment. If you show up for appointments with everyone else but constantly cancel the ones you schedule for your own self care, it's time to examine that. What does that say about your relationship with yourself?
One final tip: When consulting or training, I always teach clients how important it is never to change more than one aspect of your workout at a time. For example, if you're a runner, you don't want to go out one day and increase your speed and your mileage and change your form all at the same time. That would be a recipe for disaster. Instead, it's recommended you work on only one aspect of training at any given workout so you can focus your whole brain and body on it, avoid injury, and succeed.
Similarly, when you introduce a new fitness routine into your schedule it's not the time to schedule seven other new projects! Give your fitness routine a good solid start and in a few weeks once you feel at ease with it, go ahead and add something else into your life.
Luci Gabel MA, MBA
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