Once the New Year comes rolling in so do all the new members at the gym working on their new year’s resolutions. But new fitness goals shouldn’t be left to only the new gym goers.
As a trainer in a major chain gym I see people make the same workout mistakes every day. They come to the gym and do the same thing over and over again then get confused when their bodies hit a plateau.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
This is why it is so important to always have a plan to get to the next level.
Everyone who steps a foot inside their sneakers should have a goal in mind for themselves to make their fitness routines more challenging to avoid plateau and burn out.
Where to get started
Sit down and write a list of where you would like to see yourself in the long term. Then break this large goal down into smaller goals that are easier to concentrate on.
It’s important for these goals to be SMART: meaning Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
For example: if you are setting fitness goals such as losing 20 pounds by the summer set yourself a short term goal for the week. This can be as simple as switching your afternoon snack to one extra serving of vegetables per day for the week, or more of a challenge like being active 30 minutes a day after work Monday through Friday.
Although it is important for these goals to be attainable, you still want them to be challenging enough where you feel accomplished after reaching them.
How goals can be challenging
We all know where our comfort zone is, and we all know in order to push ourselves to the next level of fitness we have to get out of that comfort zone.
So this is where you can explore what your weaknesses are and finally make them your strengths!
For example if you only like to run for exercise, mix it up!
Set a goal to add at least 2 days of resistance training into your routine!
Set a goal to add 10 burpees into your routine every other day. Another fun way to challenge for yourself is to sign up for a race or weight lifting competition so you are training toward an ultimate goal!
Having something that you’re working towards helps keep you motivated to work extra hard to succeed.
Get out of a rut
Once you feel like you are falling into a rut of the same exercises and feel uninspired, it is the perfect time for you to mix it up! Hire a trainer, workout with a friend, and sign up for a fitness challenge online, anything that you think will help inspire you!
Share your journey
Social media has become a tool that many people use to help keep themselves accountable. While you’re on this process of creating a more challenging goal, share it through your social media!
This way you feel obligated to stick with it because not only will you be letting yourself down, but you’d have to admit to all your followers that you gave up and, let’s face it, no one wants to admit they couldn’t succeed, so this will push you each step of the way!
Make it fun
Just because you’re challenging yourself, doesn’t mean it has to be all work and no play.
While you’re out of your comfort zone, trying new exercises, you might find that you’ve got great dance moves in Zumba, have a killer punch in kickboxing, or should try out for the next Olympics for your amazing freestyle in swimming. Whatever it may be this can be a perfect time to build your workout confidence as you grow your knowledge and skills with different exercises.
Change it up
Remember it’s always important to add variety into your routine and push yourself to reach your goals.
Just because something has worked in the past, doesn’t mean it will work for you in the present.
Get out of your comfort zone, try something new and enjoy the benefits of taking on that next challenge!
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