As an individual who is incredibly enthusiastic about promoting good health, I fully recognize the role that exercise can play in helping individuals optimize wellness. After having recently purchased three Jillian Michaels Fitness DVDs, my passion for physical fitness is as alive as ever. In recognizing that many people are interested in becoming physically fit yet never seem to make gainful strides towards doing so, I understand that lifestyle barriers and negative mental dispositions can preclude an individual from effectively implementing a fitness program. If you want to know how to start a fitness program effectively and make it work for you, the following three strategies can be of great benefit.
1. Write Your Fitness Plan Down.
Writing your fitness plan down on paper can be advantageous for numerous reasons. First, writing any concept down brings with it the power of reinforcement, meaning that the idea will resonate in your mind more than if you had just verbalized the plan or thought about it. In addition to having this benefit, writing your fitness plan down gives you an opportunity to gain a clear understanding of which exercises you’ll be doing and when. This structure takes the guesswork out of exercise and can ease any anxiety you feel about starting something new.
2. Make Your Goal Realistic.
Many individuals who begin an exercise program know that setting goals can play a very advantageous role in helping them get in shape and lose weight. However, they often don’t know what characteristics their goal should have. This can work against you. And that’s why it’s important to note that when you set your goal, it should be realistic. Why? Because setting unrealistic goals is oftentimes a prerequisite to failure, which can be very discouraging and preclude you from wanting to continue with your exercise program. Thus setting an unrealistic goal-such as committing to lose 10 pounds over the next four weeks-would not be a good idea. Instead, aim for results that are reasonable and attainable, such as losing 2 pounds every week for the next month.
3. Be Accountable.
Unfortunately, many people are not self-motivated when it comes to implementing a fitness program. And that’s why being accountable to someone else can be helpful. There are several ways that you can make yourself accountable to sticking to your workout routine, and one of them includes getting a workout buddy. In listing the advantages of having a workout buddy, Lisa Freedman points out that exercising with another individual increases motivation. Why? Because although we might not have a problem with cancelling a workout session that involves only us, we are less likely to cancel on another person.
Although starting an exercise plan can be a challenge, it doesn’t have to be. By implementing the strategies listed above, you can begin experiencing success with your fitness program today. Good luck!
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