Fitness Tips-Make Your Fitness Plan Work
- July 11, 2011
Have you ever started a new fitness program only to quit after just a short while? Do not be ashamed to admit it if you must answer yes to this question. You are not alone.
It is not uncommon to begin a fitness plan, and then become frustrated or just plain bored. It does not have to be this way. It is possible to make your healthy fitness plan work.
Set Specific Goals
Begin by setting simple goals, and then you can progress on to the longer-range goals. Keep in mind that it is important that your goals are achievable and realistic. All too often people become frustrated and just give up when the goals that they set are too ambitious.
A short-term goal may be a five-minute walk a couple of times a day. An intermediate fitness goal would be a twenty-minute walk three or four times per week, with a long-term goal of completing a 5K walk.
Focus on the activities and sports that you enjoy the most. It is important to vary your workout routine in order to work various muscle groups and keep you on your toes. If you do not enjoy working out, then perhaps you should try a new routine.
Take dance classes, join a ball league or take up martial arts to keep your exercise workouts fun and exciting. You may be surprised to discover just how athletically talented you really are if you just try. Working out does not have to feel like a chore and you will be more inclined to stick to your healthy fitness plan if you are having fun.
Incorporate Fitness Into Daily Life
Is it hard for you to find time to exercise? It is important that you do not fall back on a horde of excuses. Plan your workout schedule just as you would any other activity that is important to you.
In addition, you can squeeze a little physical activity in all throughout your day. All you have to do is be a little creative. While you are waiting for your child's music lesson to end, go for a walk. Opt to take the stairs at work instead of riding on the elevator. While you are watching your favorite television show or reading a good book, do a little strength training or pedal a stationary bike.
Write It Down
Would you like to sleep better, lose weight and have more energy? No matter your reasons for exercising, writing down your goals and progress is an excellent way to stay on track with a healthy fitness plan.
When you are able to look back on what you have accomplished, you will be motivated to continue moving forward with your fitness program. Try posting your goals where you can see them, such as on your treadmill, weight bench or bathroom mirror. In addition, you can keep a diary of the exercises that you do every day.
Write down everything you accomplished in your workout session. Note how long you worked out and how you felt be for and after exercising each day. Recording your efforts will help you see that you really are making progress, so you will be less likely to give up all together.
Now that you know the tricks to staying motivated to stick to a healthy fitness plan, you are ready to get moving. Keep in mind that physical fitness is important throughout life, so remember these tips that you have learned if you ever feel your motivation slipping.
About The Author:
Scott Gray is a fitness enthusiast and website publisher. He maintains a beginners fitness tips website called www.fitnesstips101.com
where you can find information about cardiovascular fitness and weight loss, exercise equipment and tips for getting and staying in shape.