9 Pieces Of Advice For Getting Over Your Fitness Hurdles
By Emily Reilly
Getting fit and staying that way can sometimes seem daunting. Instead of letting yourself get bogged down when things don’t go as expected, take a few steps back. Here a 9 steps to overcome common fitness hurdles.
- Create SMART goals. By breaking down large goals using the SMART goal techniques we can easily see and celebrate results. Your goal should be specific. Clearly define what you are going to do. Specific=Answer the Where, What, Why, and How of your goal. Measurable= define the unit of measuring your achievements so that you can stay aware of your progress. Achievable= your goals should challenge you, but not require skills or knowledge you do not have. (if they do, acquiring those skills is a SMART goal as well), results-focused= measure your outcomes, not your activities. Time-bound=each SMART goal should create tension between the current reality and your vision of the future. Without this tension you will have difficulties finding motivation to work towards that goal.
- Find a workout buddy. Always working out alone can be a drag, and trying new fitness classes can sometimes be daunting. If you are going to a class, bring along a friend means you know at least one person. If classes are not your activity, find a walking or running partner, you can motivate each on hard days, celebrate on good days, and keep each other accountable on days you want to sleep in.
- Schedule the time! YOU DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY! We lead hectic lives and have many commitments. Make your health and fitness a commitment to yourself. Put your workouts in your schedule, and do not feel guilty telling people that you are not available. Instead, invite them to your workout…you might just get a new workout buddy.
- Make it fun. Yes, it may be sweaty hard work, but that doesn’t mean it cant be fun. Pick music you love to listen to and that motivates you, dress comfortably and in colors you like, laugh, smile, and be silly. If you are having fun, it makes the workout less of a chore and more something you will look forward to day after day.
- Take a rest day at least once a week. Skipping rest days can lead to overtraining, fatigue, and injury. Often times when I see students hitting a plateau in their goals or even regressing it stems from a lack of rest day. If you are training intensely, or beginning a new type of exercise you need to give yourself time to recover.
- Factor in the craziness of life. Life is full of unexpected surprises. If you do not recognize this before you begin your fitness path a wrench in the works can send you into a downward spiral. Instead, forgive yourself and move on.
- Take the holistic approach. Creating a lifestyle of fitness is not just about working out. It is about making small sustainable changes in all aspects of your life. Think about your stress level, your diet, your work life balance and your other extracurricular. How are they supporting or challenging your fitness goals
- Ask for help. You don’t have to do this alone. If you have questions, need support, or are simply looking for new ideas do not hesitate to ask. Personal trainers, group fitness instructors, coaches, nutrition coaches and dietitians have all chosen their fields because they like working with people and facilitating health and wellness. A Fitness Camp is as well a great way to kick start your new healthy lifestyle!
- Regularity does not rule out variation. Yes, commit yourself to a regular schedule of activity, but do not rule out new instructors, new activities, and new goals so that you can keep things interesting. We often reach plateaus and all the body needs to move on to the next level is a little change.