Yes? Good, I was hoping you would say that!
Let’s continue. Over the last few decades the fitness, health, nutrition and food industries have leapt forward in terms of public interest, funding, research and information available. Training techniques have evolved, diets are changing (some for the better, many for the worse), and the food available to us is different than it was 20 years ago. The amount of information out there is mind-boggling, and much of it is contradictory. It can be hard enough to stay fit and healthy these days, and the information overload just makes it harder. So……
KEEP IT SIMPLE!!
Keep It Simple
If you struggle to stay consistent with your workouts, ask yourself: “Am I making this harder than it has to be? Am I too hard on myself if I didn’t meet my goals?” Maybe your workout routine needs a complete makeover and a fresh look. What if you just had 1 goal? Just one single goal to achieve? Would that make things simpler and easier?
Simple Goal Setting
Try committing yourself to completing a set number of workouts per week. That’s it. No weight-loss target. No lap times. No max weight to improve on. Just hit your target of x number of workouts per week. Choose a number of workouts per week that will challenge you but will be achievable. If you struggled with 4 workouts before, don’t jump in now and commit to 6. Likewise, if you are currently managing 3-4 workout per week, don’t back off and commit to only 2. Find the number that pushes you but is possible with your current work load and other commitments. Once you have your number, commit to it! Resolve now that you will stick to this one goal. This singular goal will take priority over fun times, relax times, TV time, nap times and any other times. Just keep this one commitment no matter what.
Short on time one day? Cut it short, but just do something. Feeling tired this morning? Take it easy, but still do it. Can’t get to the equipment you want? Do something else, but just do something. You get the picture? You commit to doing your set number of workouts, and you do that number no matter what. Even if it’s just a walk in the park or a stretching routine, just do that workout.