So, in “Getting stuck in & sticking to it” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/walk-sue-fawcett we put aside quick fixes, and started thinking longer term to batten down the “What”, “Why” and “How” we achieve our health and fitness goals. Now it’s time to be realistic about what it’s going to take.
Below are 5 “nuggets” to be mindful of along the way:
- Quality beats Quantity every time – It’s important to know exactly what you should be doing and how to do it right for the best results. A fitness professional will tailor a programme to you; it will have a clear purpose, a goal to challenge both your aerobic capacity and strength and it will take less time as well delivering better results.
- Getting Real – Exercise & Diet – It’s easy to overestimate how much exercise we’ve done, and underestimate what we’ve eaten or drunk. Take the guess work out of it by keeping a record of your activity and eating – it will also help to highlight your progress towards the goal.
- “It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it”- As with the quality versus quantity above, it’s important to maximise each of your workouts by doing them correctly. In order to learn what exercises will work for you, as well the correct form, it’s worth consulting a fitness professional who will design a bespoke programme based around you and your goals.
- Avoid Boredom – If you do the same workout all the time it becomes easier because the body and mind adapt – that’s great, and a result in itself, but to maintain weight loss, increase strength and see an overall progression in fitness, your programme needs to be changed very regularly.
- Keep Your Eyes on the Prize – Goals Goals need to be realistic for you. They should always be challenging, but it’s also important that they’re achievable otherwise you’re bound to become disillusioned, de-motivated and more likely to give up exercise before you start to see any real results.