How To Reach Your Fitness Goals – Three Simple Steps

A lot of us set out at the beginning of a new year with some fitness goals we’d like to achieve.

But by the time February is coming to an end — a lot of us have lost focus and are not on the right path to reach the fitness goals we set out to achieve.

If this has happened to you at this point in the month —  you are not alone.

In today’s post, I have three simple steps that will help you re-set your mind and put you on the path to your best health ever in 2022!

Get Clear On Your Goals

In order to achieve something, you have to identify exactly what it is. “Being healthier” is not a goal. “Toning up” is not a goal. They’re great concepts, but they’re too vague to be able to track or measure. Your goal needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have a deadline. So, we might change “being healthier” to getting to a lower average daily blood pressure or blood sugar, or perhaps decreasing your waist size to a certain measurement by a certain date. These things are measurable and there is a deadline.

Identify The Action Plan

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Identify the small action steps that, over time, will help you achieve your goal. And yes, I said small action steps for a reason. When setting your goal, think big. When taking action, think small. If you try to do too much too soon, you will likely get overwhelmed and stop working on your goal altogether.

Improve Your Mindset

This is perhaps the most important aspect of long-term success … with your health and with every aspect of your life. What you say to yourself matters. How you think matters. How you frame things in your mind matters. Improving your mindset isn’t easy, but with daily practice you can change your mindset over time.

A couple of examples: 1) Find 3 things to be grateful for every day and, 2) Push negative noise out of your head when it pops up and replace with a positive phrase.

Done right, goal achievement doesn’t have to be complicated. Decide what you want to accomplish, identify the actions that you need to take to get there and re-frame your mindset.

If you need help with figuring out an action plan to reach your 2022 goals, the team at lifeSport Fitness is here to help!

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Workout Smarter

A lot of people at the gym feel they are putting maximum effort into their workouts but aren’t getting the results they were hoping for. The main reason for this is that they are not working out efficiently. In this article we are going to take a little look at how you can get the most out of your workout sessions, so you can achieve your fitness goals faster.Many people who are attempting to lose weight by cardiovascular exercises go about it the wrong way. They attempt to push their body to the max. What ends up happening is that they can’t maintain that level for long enough. In order to get the weight loss benefits you have to keep your heart rate at an elevated level, but not at max, for at least 30 minutes. Instead, you should slow down the pace to something which you are comfortable with and are able to do for longer periods of time. This is one of the most efficient ways of losing weight and building up your fitness levels. Once you’ve increased your fitness levels and have lost any excess weight you may be ready to move into higher intensity workouts. High intensity workouts should be done under supervision because when intensity is increase often form decreases and there is a greater chance for injury.

One tip for your cardiovascular exercises is to try to incorporate interval training. This is where you work out at a slower pace to begin with, then you do a quick burst of high intensity work out, and then return to a slower pace. You do this for set time limits. This is an incredibly effective way of working out, and you will most likely be able to go for long periods of time. This type of training is going to be of particular benefit to runners.

Did you know that strength training exercises can also help improve your workout sessions? For example, a short strength workout can burn off many more calories than a longer cardiovascular workout. This is because muscle tissues are used which require more energy to work than any other tissue in your body. There are plenty of easy to follow strength workouts which you can incorporate into your regime. Remember, strength training doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get big and bulky. In fact, this only happens if you continuously push yourself over the edge and vastly increase your protein intake. Of course, for the most efficient workouts you will want to combine strength with cardio training. You may also want to look into ‘super sets’ which pack more into your workout in a shorter space of time.

One of the biggest tips I can offer for training more efficiently is to go in with a training plan. Know exactly what you are going to do and when, and stick to it! Start by choosing your fitness goal and work out a regime, with the help from a Trainer. Once you’ve reached that goal you can set another goal and adapt your workouts to reach that goal. Going in with a plan will keep you focused and bring purpose to your exercise routine.

There are many ways to train more efficiently and effectively. Fitness Trainers and Fitness Consultants have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals safely without injury. Use them to improve your workout routines.

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