Winter Mental Fitness Barriers - Breaking
We all dread having to go back to a moderate diet and regular working
out after a few weeks of Holiday treats and good eating not to mention some time
off the gym. I sure dont want it to be over but getting in shape does not
happen unless you pick up and get to it. Having a goal and a plan to get that
goal achieved is the first powerful step to motivate you toward success.
need to be accountable to yourself at the least, and if you are too mushy then
include someone else you have to be accountable for like keeping a Blog for support
from those who you are using for accountability. Be it family, friends or online
pals, it is easy to get support if you are up front with reports on your efforts
and results. Some may join you!
Not online? Use a notebook which you can
get very cheaply at any dollar store. Find a cute one which will motivate you
and start tracking your exercise. I also suggest tracking diet for a spell, at
least a few months so you can see things on paper
.I SWEAR it
makes a difference. Be honest in your journal so that you can pin point your own
areas needed for improvement. Keeping this online for those who have access, will
also have others commenting and suggesting toward meal and training improvements.
out some type of diet schedule and workout timeline even if you only plan out
days for cardio and days for weights or muscle groups on which days. I detail
exercises, sets, reps and weight used, time on cardio, intensity etc. I even include
my dog walks!! It all adds up and shows accomplishment making you want to keep
each page up with your workouts, making you want to keep up your workouts so you
can look back and feel that pride in accomplishment and dedication.
the drive that comes with the New Year hype and go with it! To help figure out
your goals, jot down what you want to work out. What body parts you wish to hit
and what you want to do with that area. For example the popular female goals are
tone in butt and legs, arms and chest. Men prefer to look at 6 pack leaning and
muscular build. Specific goals would be defined as wanting a 6 pack by a certain
time, wanting to lose so much weight or inches within a certain time, fitting
a pair of pants, things like that.
Have a home workout back up plan so that
if you cannot make it to the gym, you have a band, ball or weights available to
you so you can still get training in. Bands can be easily carried and are light
so even if traveling or stuck somewhere, if the opportunity allows then get some
of your workout in.
If you are uncomfortable with how you look to the point
that it hinders you from entering the gym then pre screen the gym you choose so
that you know that the crowd is similar and will not make you feel uncomfortable
but actually fit in! Many will have the same goals and fears as you.