Are you a serial start/stop exerciser? Do you start new fitness plans with good intent and then fall short of your goals? Fear not! Here are my top 10 tips for making training work for you.
✓ Do it for yourself: Make sure your goals are something that you want to achieve for you, and not to impress someone else
✓ Make exercise a habit: Treat your exercise routine the same way that you treat other everyday habits – you make brushing your teeth or washing your hair part of everyday life – let exercise have a space in your daily routine too!
✓ Start small: Don’t expect too much from yourself from the get go! You didn’t learn to walk overnight so take a slow and steady approach and remember that consistent, small steps equal lasting, big results
✓ Mix it up: Try out new things! Experiment with different classes, try a new sport – you want some consistency but that doesn’t mean you need to be doing the same thing day in and day out. Indoor rock climbing, trampolining, mountain biking, a local dance class…the opportunities for exercise are endless!
✓ Don’t go it alone: Get your friends, family, partner or work colleagues involved. Surrounding yourself with people who support your goals will give you a better chance of sticking to your new healthy lifestyle
✓ Make an appointment with yourself: Diarise your exercise time! Plan your exercise for the week ahead, put it on your calendar and stick to it in the same way that you would stick to any other appointment. Pick times that suit you and fit in around your working day
✓ Don’t feel guilty: If you didn’t do as well as you hoped in your session or even missed a day – don’t keep beating yourself up about it! Schedule in your next training time and get back to it ASAP.
✓ Set realistic targets: Giving yourself small goals to hit on a regular basis will keep your progress steady. If you’re new to running, don’t aim for a marathon straight away! Aim instead to be to run 5K without stopping, then set yourself a timed 5k goal, move onto 10k and so on.
✓ Record your progress: Keep a record of your goals so that you motivated along the way. Use progress pictures, take measurements or ask a trainer to record your body fat percentage. At MYPTStudio we can help to keep track of your progress with regular health assessments.
✓ Tell everyone about it!: Studies show that sharing your goals and progress on social media mean that you’ll be less likely to give up! We have a fantiastic, supportive community at MYPTStudio both online and in the studio – surrounding yourself with those who have similar goals, struggles and routines mean that you’re far more likely to succeed.