If you’re taking the time and making the effort to improve your health and fitness, congratulations! You should be super proud of yourself! But what if you’re not doing everything you can to get the results you want? No one wants to waste precious time. How can you get the most out of your workouts?
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts
First thing you need to do is make a solid commitment to your fitness. Not just to yourself! It’s too easy to slack when you’ll only be disappointing yourself. Tell someone, or a group of people what you’re committing to. Better yet, sign yourself up for a fitness program. That way when you’re having a bad day and don’t want to do your workout you’ll be motivated by the fact that you don’t want to disappoint anyone.
Set your goals and make a clear plan.
What do you want to accomplish? Think about it in great detail and then write it down. Once you’ve written it down, write out your action plan. Need help? There are trainers who can help you or you can check out some Facebook groups for help. If you’re not sure what to do it’s best to ask for help.
Follow your plan.
Now that you have a plan, follow it! Eat the foods you need to eat in the proper portions. Schedule your workouts like non-negotiable appointments. If you’re not sticking to your schedule you’re doomed to fail.
Celebrate your progress.
Make sure you track your results. Measure yourself and do a strength test when you start your program and then do weekly checks. Write it down! Share it with someone! When you know you’ll be sharing your results with someone else it’ll suddenly become way more important to you to stay on track.
Warm up, practice perfect form and cool down.
You can’t skip the warm up and cool down and it you’re using anything less than perfect form you’re going to injure yourself. If you’re not sure what to do hire a trainer for a session or two or search Youtube for some great videos 🙂
Sign up for an event or competition.
Nothing is more motivating than knowing that you’re going to need to do well in front of a lot of people. Pick an event that’s about 5 months away and sign up for it.
Hire an expert.
If you’re planning on doing an event or competition indulge in some proper training. The experts are experts for a reason – they know how to get you to where you need to be. Even if it’s just for a couple of info sessions it’s well worth the money to consult with someone who knows what to do.
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that rest is a waste of time. Your body needs rest! While you’re resting amazing things are happening and those things can only happen when you’re resting. You do micro damage to your muscles when you’re working out. This is not what makes you stronger. You get stronger while you’re resting letting your body repair itself. Do NOT underestimate the importance of rest.
You can work your ass off in the gym but if you’re not eating to support your new active lifestyle you will not get results. You need healthy carbs, fats and protein and you need them in the proper ratios. Hire a sports nutritionist to help you and then use an app such as MyFitnessPal to keep you on track.
Fall in love with the process.
Improving your health and fitness is a process, not a quick fix. Learn to love the process because if you want to maintain your health and fitness you have to keep doing this for the rest of your life. Figure out what kind of program you can see yourself following for the long term. Do NOT do anything extreme because you won’t be able to maintain it and it’ll backfire on you big time!
This Is Your Life
Eating healthy and working out should be a normal part of everyone’s life. There is SO much preventable disease out there that you can avoid. If you need help starting, talk to someone who can help you and just get started right now.