Thinking about starting or increasing your training? If so, where to start?
It is coming round to the time of year when last year’s shorts want to make an appearance, the oversized winter jumpers are redundant and we contemplate showing a little more flesh than the previous months allowed! Summer clothes are great motivation for kick-starting summer exercise habits and reducing the comfort food that kept us sane during the winter months. Booking a holiday or perhaps focusing on an important social date in the calendar is a great way to keep you on track too – take the time to visualise and imagine how you will feel by then if you maintain your fitness goals over the next few months.
Freespirit PT Martin Browne has been on a fitness drive since January and has lost two stone so far through training and healthy eating most days (still allowing for a weekly cheat day!) Here are a few things he recommends you do:
- Set a long-term goal – it can be weight-orientated, but if you’re not a fan of the scales, it could be about getting back into those favourite shorts or something else. It just needs to be MEASURABLE.
- From this long-term goal, create short-term goals. Make sure these goals are REALISTIC. The short-term goals make the long-term goal happen 🙂
- Make a list what you will COMMIT to do in order to make these short-term goals happen.
- Think about any potential barriers or difficulties with these commitments and work out how you can minimise the effect i.e. on the occasion that your partner is late from work and you don’t make it out for a run on Wednesday evenings, go first thing on Thursday morning!
- Don’t be disheartened if you don’t meet a short-term goal – the great thing about a short-term goal is that they can be achieved in a small amount of time. Be RATIONAL – why do you think this goal wasn’t achieved? What can you alter to ensure that you meet the next one?
Martin realised at one point in his training that he wasn’t quite hitting his goals. He did not beat himself up or get angry about it, but looked rationally at what he was doing and what he could change. He was honest with himself and realised he wasn’t burning enough calories and was eating foods too high in carbohydrates and fats. Being honest with yourself means that there are simple action points to get yourself back on track!
YOU have the power to change your lifestyle and your body will always mirror how you live. If you workout three times a week, it is likely that over time your body will look like you do. You cannot control how much weight you lose at what speed but you can control what you do on a daily and weekly basis. Focus on what you CAN do and everything else will follow.
Contact us today to find out how we can support your summer journey!
Happy Summer Training Folks 😀