Get Started Right with the Fitness-Six
by Danielle Hewitt
1.) Inspiration: Think about the kinds of visual images that inspire you to workout and better your health. Sometimes it helps to have a human role-model to look up to, or imagery of a desirable vacation spot, your family, your health statistics, etc. Put together a list of a few people, places, or things that inspire you. Once you have a list of maybe 3-5 inspirational things, print pictures of these things and tape or glue them to the inside of your wellness journal, bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or anywhere that you will see them constantly. Frequent inspiring reminders will help you stay motivated.
2.) Workout & Wellness Journal: This is a vital tool to have for your training program. It is extremely important to keep track of your workouts so that you can chart your improvement. Reaching new personal bests and achieving your individual fitness goals will keep you dedicated to your program and give you a sense of pride in your accomplishments. This all helps to keep your motivation levels up and your fitness focus on-track. The best choice is a basic 5”x7” spiral notebook in which you can write whatever you want or need to write. You will likely want to keep notes other that just your workouts, such as your daily nutrition info and mental/emotional states as well.
3.) Goals: You must have measurable goals in place or you risk feeling like you are working toward absolutely nothing. You will want to determine your current primary focus whether it be overall weightloss, bodyfat-reduction, muscle building, or whatever it is that means the most to you. Beyond that, start with 2-4 simple goals like your ideal weight range, body fat percentage, BMI number, or something similar. Write down each goal with a date you intend to have that goal achieved by. Go into this goal-setting task with “optimistic-moderation”, especially when it comes to your time frames for completing goals. You do certainly want to challenge yourself, but be reasonable about it. Your personal potential for achievement is truly unlimited, so make goals that require you to really work for them without being so extreme that you set yourself up for disappointment. If a goal ends up being too easy to attain, then simply set the bar higher next time and keep making progress.
4.) Schedule: We’ve all heard the old adage “fail to plan, and plan to fail”. These types of cliche statements maintain their popularity because they’re true, so make a schedule and a solid plan in advance to avoid the traps of misguided-effort. Plan, and prioritize, on your calendar what days and times you are going to workout and what sort of meals you are going to be eating well in advance. You need to have a schedule that nothing else interrupts or interferes with. Your fitness-levels are a huge part of your personal wellness and they deserve as much time and attention as your job, family, friends, etc. Improving your health is going to transform your entire life so sit down and plan-out your efforts ahead of time and know what your intentions are. In general, it is a good idea to get some grocery shopping done prior to starting your program, get any necessary vitamins or supplements you are going to be taking, clean up and organize your kitchen, and basically prepare yourself for the coming positive changes to your lifestyle.
5.) Accountability: Find a few ways to hold yourself accountable for the changes you are making to your diet, health, and fitness because it helps squash any creeping urges to give up. For example, maybe you can reward yourself with a present or something special (NOT food!) after every twelve consecutive completed workouts. Another great way to build accountability is to go public with your goals and plans, talk about your goals and keep them at the forefront of your mind. You can use social networking check-in features, start a blog about your new lifestyle, tell your friends and family what you are doing and what your goals are, etc. At any rate, accountability is an amazing method of keeping yourself on-track because it holds you personally and honestly responsible for building a healthy and fit lifestyle.
6.) Personalization: There are probably a few specific ideas, techniques, adjustments, and supplements that will help you meet your unique goals. These sorts of things should be discussed with coach or trainer in most cases because it requires a lot of knowledge and experience to completely personalize a pre-designed program so reach out to an expert for some guidance. Do keep in mind, however, that many people are educated enough to make some degree of judgement in this area as far as what will or will not actually work for them or fit into their lifestyle so just be sure to consider your individual and personal needs when embarking on any serious lifestyle change.
1.) Do you workout? If so, what is your fitness-method-of-choice?
(Details are encouraged!!)
2.) If you could workout with any trainer in the whole world for two hours free-of-charge, who would it be???
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