Achieving and maintaining your goal body is not a simple, nor easy task. Many people find themselves setting goals without following through while others seem to achieve their goals much faster. No matter where you are on the workout spectrum, from beginner to pro, these five workout tips will help you move closer to your goals.
1. Consistency is Key!
Nobody gets their dream bod overnight, and neither will you. Being consistent with your fitness goals and plan is the only way you will see results. You must stick to your routine, eat healthy consistently, and make it a habit to stay consistent. Of course there may be off days where you skip a workout or eat a bad meal, but don't let one off day throw off your entire plan. Get back on track the next day!
2. Set Realistic Goals
If you're trying to run a marathon but are still having trouble completing a mile, set shorter, more-attainable goals that build overtime. You can break down a big goal into monthly goals that put you on track to achieve your goal within a year, for example. Setting goals that are long-term and very big are good to do, but if those are the only goals you have they may seem far away and unrealistic. Balance out your goals so that you feel good accomplishing smaller goals with the end goal in mind.
3. Incorporate HIIT Workouts
HIIT Workouts, or High Intensity Interval Training, are defined as short, intense, unsustainable bursts of physical activity, paired with intervals of quick rests according to Fitness Blender. This type of workout gets your heart rate up, increases your metabolism, and also improves your endurance more effectively than slow-paced cardio. Incorporating a HIIT workout 2-3 times a week will help burn fat more rapidly, just make sure you let your body rest in between workouts.
4. Change Up Your Routine
One of the reasons people plateau is because they stick to one type of workout and don't change it up. Your body adapts and gets used to routine, so if you're not changing your routine, your body will not continue to grow at the same rate. If you've been heading to the gym, taking the same fitness class, and heading out consistently for the past 3 months, try changing it up and using free weights or machines then going for a run. Explore different types of workouts (such as HIIT mentioned above) and change up your workout routine to keep your body responsive and your mind entertained.
5. Partner Up
Find an accountability partner that will help you stay motivated and stay on track. This could be a partner that you workout with, a partner that checks-in weekly to review your progress and goals, a nutrition coach, etc. Everyone is different, so find the type of partner that will help you personally stay motivated and accountable. If you're the type of person who prefers to work alone, you might even be able to be your own partner. Log your goals and plan in a journal, record progress over time, and re-assess weekly and monthly to make sure you're achieving your goals.
If you follow these five tips, you will be on your way to a healthier, more productive fitness year. In addition, you should be measuring your progress along the way. One GREAT way to measure progress is to keep track of your body fat. Remember, the number on the scale doesn't tell the whole story so don't rely on weight as a definer of fitness. Body fat composition, on the other hand, is relative to your muscle to fat ratio, an important identifier of where your body is at. Get tested at one of the upcoming events. For more information, please reach out to me here.