Tips to Stay on Track With Your Fitness Goals
I get asked often how I stay on track with my fitness goals and I thought I would share some of the things I do to keep active!! I really enjoy working out as it makes me feel good. I notice that my energy increases, I feel happier/less stressed, and mentally I feel stronger. There are times tho when I do fall off the wagon and that’s okay, we all have our ups and downs and it important to remember not to be so hard on yourself!!
We are also all at different fitness levels and have different goals for ourselves. Everyone is on their own journey so it’s important to remember that you need to do what YOU enjoy and makes YOU feel good. I know that when I’m not active I don’t feel great so I make an effort to get back into my routine so that I can start to feel good again!
Here are some tips on how to stay on track:
1. Set goals
Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. I try to take it week by week. I’ll focus on the upcoming week and make a plan for one week at a time so it’s not so overwhelming!
2. Make it fun
Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Go for a hike, try a new class or maybe join a sports league. Discover what you like to do and have fun with it! I like to also switch up my activity to keep from getting bored. I go through phases where I’m really into spin and then phases where I’m really into yoga or hiking outside. Instead of doing activity you think you should do, do something you actually want to do!!!
3. Schedule your activity
If it’s hard to find time for exercise, don’t fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. I schedule my workouts each week and add them to my schedule. I also pre sign into classes at my gym so that I mentally know what I’m doing and when for the upcoming week. Having it in my schedule helps to keep me on track.
4. Put it on paper
Are you hoping to boost your energy? Sleep better? Lose weight? Write down your goals. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise and writing your goals down on paper may help you stay motivated. I enjoy to workout as it helps me reduce stress and feel good. I have personally never been a fan of the scale and setting goals to lose a specific amount of weight. I find it sets me up for failure when I am too focused on losing a specific amount of weight and constantly weighing myself. Instead I focus on how working out makes me feel and I go by how my jeans fit. If they are tight I know it’s time to eat a little better and get a bit more exercise. What’s important tho is you need to do what’s best for YOU!! What makes you feel good? What doesn’t make you feel good? How do you want to feel? These are questions you have to ask yourself so you can set goals pertaining to you!