This was going to be the year you got in shape, but now it is spring and you’ve hardly used your new gym membership in weeks. But don’t give up on your fitness goals. Instead, personal coaching experits say you should revisit them with an eye toward figuring out what has not worked and what you can do to get back on track.
Set reasonable goals
Swimsuit season is not far off, so you have decided to lose 40 pounds in two months by going to the gym seven times a week at 6 a.m. even though you are a night person. You are setting yourself up to fail, get discouraged and scrap your whole fitness plan.
Instead, come up with realistic goals. A sedentary person is unlikely to become a workout warrior overnight. Trying to do too much at once could also be dangerous. Consult a doctor to determine a reasonable weight-loss goal for you and what frequency and intensity of exercise is appropriate for someone in your physical condition. Personal coaching professionals, like a fitness coach, can also help.
Try out multiple forms of exercise
While many people genuinely enjoy exercise, those having trouble making getting going are probably not in that group. Perhaps you have tried to work out in the past but have never achieved a runner’s high or any of those other positive feelings that workout warriors gush over.
The issue could be what sort of exercise you are doing. Maybe you go running three times a week, but don’t like running. With numerous types of exercise to choose from, you can try different things until you find something that you can see yourself doing on a regular basis.
If it is hard enough to find one type of exercise you like to do, you probably don’t want to hear that you should find more than one, but varying your exercise routine can keep you from getting into a rut.
Make a schedule and stick to it
If you only start exercising when have finished your other priorities or on in the right mood, you are probably not doing much exercise. Setting a schedule defines exercise as a priority.
Find outside support
Working out with an exercise buddy or taking workout classes can create more incentives for sticking to your exercise schedule. You get to see your friend – or you let your friend down by missing your appointment. You make progress in a class – or you miss classes, fall behind and waste the money you spent on the class.