The New Year is here and we are ALL feeling the effects after the holidays! All the eating, drinking, lack of movement can leave us feeling sluggish and ready to get back on track. It's the perfect time for that "New Years Resolution" of getting in shape right?! Well, you and about 99% of the population are doing it BUT, will you stick to it?
Did you know that about 70% of people who "commit" to getting healthy and starting a workout program FAIL? Why?! Simple- we bite off more than we can chew, we make resolutions that we either hate or we can't make fit into our lifestyles, or we simply don't have the patience to stay consistent long enough to see results. BUT! We want to make sure that YOU aren't one of those people so we've devised a list of 5 tips that will help you stick to your workouts.
1. Block off your schedule in advance and put it in your calendar- Commit to your workouts in advance and be specific about the when and where. Writing it down in your calendar will help keep you accountable by seeing it and knowing you need to keep promises to yourself. Do this before your week starts on Saturday or Sunday so life doesn't get in the way.
2. Don't have an all or nothing mentality towards your workouts- Folks tend to think every workout needs to look like a Rocky training montage and that just isn't true. Sometimes you just need to check the box and make it through your workout at the intensity you can that day, don't skip a workout just because you can't go full blast.
3. Do the type training you enjoy, not ones you hate- If you have a positive correlation with the type of exercise you enjoy be it weight lifting, cycling, swimming, running, etc you are more likely to keep up with it. If you have a negative correlation with your workouts you won't keep it consistent nor for long.
4. Keep most of your workouts at an intensity of a 7ish out of 10- You need to be able to recover from workouts so you can adapt and do the next one. Too much intensity and not enough recovery will bring a negative adaptation and lack of motivation to train, not enough intensity won't bring anything. Keeping yourself at a 7/10 most of the time is a good place to be. On days you feel awesome pump up the intensity and on the days you feel less awesome make it a check the box workout.
5. Get enough sleep, 7-9 hours- Lack of sleep will lead to lack of motivation to train as well as lack of recovery. Get religious about your bedtime and rise time regardless of what time you workout. If you aren't sleeping enough you won't be able to bring as much juice to your workouts or reap as many benefits from them.
Follow these tips and remember to be patient with yourself and you will be set up for success! As always, if you need help, support, or just a KICK ASS program to keep you going- we've got you! SIGN UP NOW to start making that change towards a better YOU.