You woke up this morning, looked in the mirror, and said to yourself, “Gosh darn it, I’m going to get in shape!” Maybe there were a few more expletives thrown in there… Either way, the sentiment remains the same. The only problem? You don’t even know where to start. We’re here to guide you. Read on to discover lifestyle changes you can make to finally fit in fitness in 2017 for your most rockin’ body yet.
1. Be deliberate
By being super-specific, you can actively plan every step to hitting your target. So, if you are setting goals, be super specific by writing down your goals and actionable next steps. If you are making new habits, physically add them to your calendar, set alerts on your smartphone, and stick to them every day. Finally, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. We’re talking a major lifestyle change here, not a crash diet or quick fix. Don’t expect a rock-hard six-pack in a week, but know that, with slow and steady determination, you will get there.
2. Identify your weaknesses
Everyone has their own personal kryptonite. If your past attempts to get fit have failed, it’s important to figure out why. Did you get bored? Did you injure yourself and give up? Did you go on vacation and say “eh, why bother”? If you want to achieve success, you need to give yourself a good, hard look and identify your potential weaknesses. Then, you can work on either avoiding those pitfalls, or developing methods to deal with them.
3. Use the pleasure principle
Everyone’s exercise tolerance levels are different. That’s why, at ILKB, our expert trainers make sure to work closely with you and your individual needs, no matter your age or fitness level. By focusing on you, we personally ensure your workout will never be boring and will always be fun, engaging, challenging, and exciting. And that’s important – in a recent study, researchers tracked
4. Make time
Did you know “lack of time” is the number-one reason people say they fail at their fitness goals? News flash: Those enviable people who are in great shape also have jobs, families and responsibilities – essentially, they have the same amount of time as you! By making a workout plan 24 hours in advance, you can fit a workout into even the busiest schedule. Look at your daily planner and nix any time suckers (like too much TV), find an activity you can do anywhere (like jogging or kickboxing), or find ways to combine your workout with other activities (like running errands by bike instead of by car). If all else fails, set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and get moving.
the post-workout feelings of subjects participating in a voluntary exercise program. They found that subjects who felt exhausted after workouts tended to quit, while subjects who felt revitalized after workouts tended to stay in the program. In another study, subjects who could choose their own exercise intensity were almost twice as likely to stay in a voluntary exercise program than subjects who were required to exercise at a fixed, high-intensity level. With these results in mind, beginning exercisers to should adjust their exertion so that feelings of revitalization tend to go up following exercise and feelings of exhaustion go down. The better you’re able to do this, the more likely you are to be back for more tomorrow.
5. Find your purpose
If your workout has an immediate practical purpose, you’re more likely to stick with it. For example, walking on a treadmill has no immediate practical purpose, but walking your dog does. Riding a stationary bike has no purpose, but riding a bike to and from work does. If you can find a way to kill two birds with one stone with an activity, chances are greater you’ll keep at it. Good luck!
What tips do you have for a healthier lifestyle?