So, it’s January, and you’ve promised yourself to get healthier, stronger, fitter, leaner… But now what?
First things first, we need to discover what it is that motivates you.
This could be something like, wanting to feel good about your body. I hear all kinds of superficial answers from clients at the start of their training journey – I have a wedding at the end of the year… or a holiday, or you wish you could lose the baby weight from 3 years ago…
But I find if you ask “Why?” a few more times, you get to the route of it all. That one thing that’s really going to motivate us to get up early in the morning and go to the gym, go for a run or do a home workout. Keep this in your mind when you need the motivation to make some change.
Then people tell me other things like, “I want to be healthy” or “I want to be able to play with my kids without stopping because I’m out of breath…” and “I want to feel confident again!”
Which is a lot more important than fitting in a certain sized pair of jeans!
Now you’ve found your motivating factor, there’s a few ways to go about it;
Join a local gym and get an induction
This is simple and easy to do. During the induction you’ll be shown how to use the equipment and some simple exercises to keep you busy for a bit. The gym may also offer classes to keep you on your toes and doing something a bit different to up your cardio and lose weight.
Whilst this is good you may find your results slowly start to decline. I’ve seen this happen too many times to count. Classes can get boring and you may find that they’re no longer as difficult as they used to be. They’ll still come to the gym and carry on with the classes, but that motivation they used to have when they were seeing results just isn’t there anymore.
Set yourself a deadline
Singing up to a fitness event can be a great motivator to stick to your training regimen. There are so many different events out there – so choose something fun and memorable. If you’re just starting out a day at Go Ape, or a 5k Colour Run could be a good idea… Or a more gruelling challenge like a Tough Mudder or Wolf Run if you’re more into your training.
If you’ve been training for a long time, and fancy something different try turning your training competitive – so if you’re into CrossFit, sign up for a competition… if you lift weights, maybe sign up in a beginners category for a physique competition?
Ask a Personal Trainer
Knowing that there’s someone waiting for you at the gym means you won’t be tempted to hit snooze on your alarm in the morning. You can discuss with your trainer what your goals and motivations are, and they can remind you of them when you start to wane.
You’ll be given exercises specific for you and your needs. You’ll know that you are doing them correctly and safely, and you know you’ll be working hard. As well as this you’ll be given a full nutritional guide. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “80% of your results come from the kitchen not the gym”. Unfortunately this is true, but your personal trainer can help you with this by telling you how many calories to eat and what kinds of food to eat and avoid.
On our GOLD programme, you also get daily check ins for nutrition with your trainer – so if you stray off the mark, you can pull it back in quickly. The temptation after slipping from your programme is to let that continue for a week, two weeks, a month… But if you’re reporting to your PT every week, then your discipline is outsourced.
With all this information you’ll be in a good position to start the new year right, and in such a way that will make this year your year!
If you ever find yourself in need of help, just ask!