How to Stick with an Exercise Routine and Succeed at Your Fitness Goals!
Being fit doesn’t just happen. It takes time and attention and correct planning. Last month I shared with you one of the most effective tools for helping you achieve your fitness goals in 2009- keeping a diet and exercise journal. This is an important first step in changing your lifestyle. But, there are other tools you must also add to get in your best shape ever!The Planner
Along with your journal, you should have a good planner. Use a written calendar, PDA, or computer calendar to SCHEDULE your workouts. Yes, make an appointment with yourself. Even if it’s only two or three days a week, it is much better than nothing at all. For most people, a majority of the struggle in finding time to exercise it just showing up! If you schedule your appointment with yourself, don’t let anything get in the way and don’t talk yourself out of spending that important time on yourself, you will have won half the battle! You will quickly be on your way to a routine and carving that time out of your day will become easier and easier.
If you are a “Yo-yo Exerciser,” and you still can’t seem to find your way to your “scheduled appointment” with yourself, make that appointment with a friend, enroll into a fitness class or hire a personal trainer. It will be much more difficult to cancel your appointment and you may even look forward to your appointment when you know you have some company.Finding the Time
You say you don’t have time to workout? As a Personal Trainer, I have heard all the excuses and I will tell you the same thing I wrote about last month in regards to the “hassles” of keeping a journal to document your food and progress.
· Do you have time to be sick?
· Do you have time for an illness that could have been prevented by eating healthy and getting exercise?
· Do you really want to miss special events, trips to see family or other activities due to your fatigue?
· Can you afford to get anymore out of shape due to no exercise?
If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s really time to reorganize your life and prioritize. For the top excuses and what to do about them, check out my next Blog Entry I’ll even share with you my personal favorite ones and what I have done about them!)
Looking and feeling great is a lifestyle change, not something that can come in a bottle, on a surgeons table, or with the next diet or exercise fad. True fitness and health comes from the inside. So, start with yourself, your thoughts, your goals, and you can become healthier by eating right and exercising. Take 15 minutes each evening to update your journal and review your workout schedule for the week. You will be rewarded with a leaner, more toned, and more energetic body!
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