Tips from a Personal Trainer: How to Stick with Your Workouts
You start out strong with your workout, gung ho in your resolve to stick with it this time around. Inevitably, the fire inside that inspires the reach for your goals begins to dim. Life can get in the way. One missed workout becomes two and soon you are off your path. But there are things you can do to stay on track and smash your goals. The following tips are inspired by the methods personal trainers use to keep their clients on the path to success.
1. Write It Down
Setting goals takes the guesswork out of exactly what your approach will be when you hit the gym. Writing them down keeps you more accountable than a verbal resolution. When you write out and list exactly what you want to accomplish, it can help you figure out the specific steps needed to get there. While a pen and paper is a quick way to get started, there are a number of fitness apps that will help you track your goals and the steps you’re taking to reach them.
2. Goal Chunking
Sometimes when a larger goal is in front of you it seems daunting, to say the least. The key to keeping goals attainable is to make them small and manageable. If your overall goal is to lose fifty pounds in a year, start gradually with smaller goals such as losing a pound a week or 5 pounds in a month. With the smaller chunk of the goal in front of you it seems more attainable than having the larger, more extensive goal looming like a shadow. Plus, by achieving a smaller goal, you put yourself in a good mindset for reaching your greatest one. Take the intimidation out of it by making whatever goal you have into bite size chunks.
3. Stay Consistent
Losing weight, toning up, or gaining muscle mass take time to accomplish. If you’re tired of starting over, then you need more consistency in your efforts towards that overall goal you’re after. For instance, if you start out strong then stop only to start again you will impede your progress. However, if you start out with a firm plan in place and stick with it no matter what challenges and obstacles get in your way then you will begin to notice your efforts paying off. How do you stay consistent?
- Sign up with a friend - or make one: You’re more likely to show up for a workout or a class when you’ve got someone waiting for you.
- Treat your workout or fitness class like an important meeting: Block the time on your calendar, remember that you’ll be accountable to the instructor or your workout buddy if you miss it.
- Try a personal training session: It’s easy to break your routine when you’re not sure where to get started or are just feeling like you’re in a workout rut. Signing up for a personal training session can give you insight into new workout techniques and a good reason to keep showing up.
4. Reward Yourself
All work and no reward can fizzle even the most determined resolve. Rewarding milestones, like those small chunk goals we mentioned earlier, can keep your mind on progressing instead of regressing. Reward yourself for the hard work you’ve put in and you will continue to do it. It’s important to choose a reward that won’t undo your hard work – so maybe skip the fast food treats – but there are plenty of other things you can do to reward yourself. As you reach your mini goals, treat yourself to a massage, a mani-pedi, new fitness gear, or something else you’ve had your eye on. Even the smallest treat will keep you in the game and can help you reach those milestones faster than you previously thought possible.
5. Ask for Help
If you’re not sure about a certain exercise it can be easy to just avoid it. Soon, all that avoidance leads to avoiding the gym altogether. If you’re curious about new techniques, or find some exercises that are too intimidating, a personal trainer can help. All it takes is asking the questions you need answers to so you can stay committed to your workout. Personal trainers get into the business because they genuinely want to help people with their health and fitness goals. So don’t be intimidated to ask for advice.