Many of us know it’s time to make a change to our workout routine or even time to finally get started. The difficult part is the first step of actually taking action. It’s commonly said that it takes 21 in a row before something becomes a habit. With the holidays approaching those 21 days can easily be interrupted by family visits, nights out with friends, and the delicious (yet typically unhealthy) foods that go along with the end of the year. We challenge you to start now and create that habit before you have to battle both motivation and seasonal obstacles like treats and having to take time off.
If you are making a change, it’s best to take things slow and make sure they are manageable. If you have a difficult time getting up in the morning, 5am workouts probably aren’t your best option. If you enjoy eating out then it make be tough for you to switch to daily meals of plain chicken, brown rice, and vegetables right away. Make small adjustments as you get started and slowly work your way towards a more intense routine if that’s your main goal.
Do you follow any fitness related accounts on social media for tips and motivation? If you do, you have probably heard of the term “cheat meal”. One thing to remember is that unless you are planning to do some sort of competition this term isn’t something you really need to worry about. In the competition world, a “cheat meal” is a reward or small break from the strict diet that goes along with contest preparations. Remember that 21 day rule? Save the indulgence until you have made working out a habit. Don’t let a popular term get in the way of your goals.
A common struggle with doing something new is being unsure where to begin or if you are doing things right. While some exercise is better than none at all, the proper routine and diet plan can help you see the results you really want. Having the right plan can also speed up your progress so you can see and feel the reward of your efforts. Our personal trainers have the experience and education needed to get you started the right way, and isn’t it nice to have someone there for a little extra motivation? Talk to one of them about how they can help you or if you are on the right track.