Olympic athletes don’t become gold medalists overnight. Their fitness achievements are reached through hard work, dedication and motivation. While most of us aren't striving to become world-class athletes, we all begin our fitness goal with a similar plan: a commitment to self-improvement.
We're all familiar with the struggle of taking on a new workout and nutrition plan. But, before you give up let's try something different and have real plan for success.
1. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Be prepared with everything you need to stick to your new workout.
- Have a detailed plan of attack.
- Make sure you have all the necessary items you need in order to get the most out of every workout.
- If that includes buying new workout attire, new gear (water bottle, shoes, bike, etc.), just do it, if it will inspire and motivate.
TIP1: When February hits and the pressure of fulfilling your new year's resolution starts to fade away, this journal will be great motivation to keep going.
2. CREATE A FITNESS CALENDAR
Set yourself up for success from the beginning.
- Buy yourself a calendar or journal to plan out your weekly exercises and fitness goals.
- Journal your daily meals (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).
- Have a workout schedule that will help you stay on track, particularly when your motivation starts to fade.
3. VISUALIZE YOUR GOALS
One of the best ways to achieve a goal is to visualize it every day.
- Whether you make a vision board or keep an encouraging note on your fridge, make sure you have positive reinforcements around you throughout the day.
- Visualize your success. It will help you celebrate even the smallest wins, which will bring you one step closer to your goal.
- If your goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, journal your progress and setbacks and keep track of each pound you lose.
TIP2: When times get tough and you feel like throwing in the towel, refer to the first week of your journey and reflect on all of the progress you've made since.
4. GET A WORKOUT BUDDY
- Commitment can be an overwhelming feat, so don’t do it alone. Grab one of your besties and encourage him or her to stick with their fitness goals, too.
- Tell people what you are doing and how they can help. Goals are much easier to reach with extra support.
- It's easy to stay in bed when no one is waiting for you to show up in class. If someone is attending the class with you, you'll be less likely to press the snooze button.
5. MAKE FITNESS A WAY OF LIFE
- Don't set temporary goals for an upcoming high school reunion or a friend's wedding. Because once the event is over, you'll most likely fall back into your old habits.
- Set short-term and long-term goals on a regular basis.
- Start developing healthy eating habits to complement your workouts, so that you can fuel your body with nutrients to support your changing body and metabolism.
Sources: fitnessmagazine.com, dailyburn.com, elitedaily.com