Have you ever wished you could do things differently? We have all looked back and wished we knew then what we know now. Life would have been a whole lot easier. Better yet, it would have been nice if we listened to our parents rather than learning lessons the hard way. Don’t you agree?
With this in mind, I am sharing the tips for reaching your fitness goals that I have learned from other personal trainers, athletes, and other fitness experts.
1. Set Reasonable Goals – The fastest way to become discouraged and lose focus is with unreasonable goals. I blame the extreme weight loss shows on television for this. For most people, it is not healthy to lose 10, 20, or 30 pounds a week without medical supervision. A healthy goal is an average 1 to 2 pounds per week. Keep in mind, this is a weekly average. Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged if one week there is no weight loss.
2. Eat Healthy – Many people make the mistake of cutting calories, but still eat the highly processed foods that got them in trouble. Start eating healthier foods, including whole fruits, vegetables, and grains. Moreover, avoid processed food (pretty much anything in a box) made with things like high-fructose corn syrup.
3. Total Fitness – It is important to have a fitness routine which includes all three pillars of fitness: cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility. Many people try to focus on one form of workout. Some will do cardio to burn calories. Others will weight train to build muscles. However, total fitness requires a balanced approach. This is especially true once we pass 30.
4. Fitness Coach – There are many great benefits to using a fitness coach or personal trainer. First and foremost is they will develop your routine so you only have to focus on your workout. However, there are other benefits, like being objective and a source of accountability. Moreover, they will push you to your limits.
5. Take Naps – Who doesn’t like taking a power nap in the middle of the day? Nonetheless, naps are a scientifically proven aid in recovery after endurance workouts. Moreover, a nap of just 20 minutes can boost energy, increase motor performance, and improve alertness during your day.
Do you have any questions? If you would like to talk about reaching your fitness goals, or need more information, please contact Teri.