Achieve Your Fitness Goals in 2021
Does your current exercise regime work?You’ve got to be truthful with yourself to be able to progress forwards. Before you plot the path of where you want to go, you’ve got to know where you’re at today.
- How do I rate my current eating habits (out of 10)?
- How do I rate my current exercise habits (out of 10)?
- What type of food and drink do I regularly overindulge in?
- On average, how many times per week did I train last year?
- Did I enjoy the type of exercise I did last year? What did I like / dislike about my training
Set Your Fitness Goals and Build a Suitable Training PlanHuman beings thrive on targets and aims. Whether it is through reward or punishment we’re hard-wired for this type of planning . There are two simple yet important questions to ask when setting goals:
- What do I want to achieve?
- Why do I want to achieve this fitness goal?
This is obvious and logical as you can’t get anywhere unless you first know where you want to go. The flipside of being really specific about what we want is that we open ourselves up to the possibility of failure. Therefore, it takes courage to state clearly what you want to achieve, but it’s absolutely necessary if you are going to achieve your personal training goals.
Small changes made daily and weekly really do push you towards your longer-term goal.
Accountability and ActionNow that you’ve got your initial plan in place – now you need to consistently follow it. Trust the process, and depending on your goal keep a record of how far you ran, the weights you lifted or foods you’ve eaten. Assess your progress and tweak your approach depending upon feedback and progress. Schedule a regular check-in with a trusted friend or family member and update them on your progress.
The main reason a lot of these goals fail is because people make their goals too big big to begin with, or are quick to chase the next shiny object. Stop reading about the new amazing revolutionary new diet and stick to the process. Often these new diets are just marketing spin of old ways that are trying to sell you the 'quick fix'.
If you have questions about these new amazing diets (Paleo, IF, Keto, Atkins, Bulletproof, Low-Carb, High Carb, Hi-Fat, No-Fat, Sugar Free, 5-2 diets) a expert in the field will be able to explain the pros and cons of each without a marketers bias.
Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to create additional accountability and have access to an expert in the field. Your trainer will also provide expertise in how to build the right training and nutritional plan, whilst ensuring you’re lifting weights safely and effectively.
And if things aren’t working? Speak to an expert and adjust your plan or your goal! It’s important to adjust and adapt to what makes sense for you, your schedule, and your body. So go forth and conquer those workout plans in 2021!