We kick off our fitness Monday’s with a look at commitment (we’re not talking about a sparkly ring), but a commitment to your fitness goals with local personal trainer Kathleen Alexandra Gerry.
It can be a struggle to stay on track with your fitness goals. Life always presents us with difficult situations, and it is how we handle these situations that make the difference. We must always remember that staying committed to our goals is what will allows us to achieve our goals.
In order to stay committed, we must keep three pieces of information in mind; the plan, difficulties are inevitable, and rewards are real.
Firstly, devise a plan. This can involve a day-to-day or even hour-to-hour breakdown of what you will do in terms of eating healthily and exercising. Try to create a plan that involves a healthy mix of the four food groups and that takes into account calories and the important macronutrients like fat, protein and carbohydrates. When looking at an exercise regimen, you might want to consult a health professional like a personal trainer or a nutritionist. It should include designated times when you will be putting in effort to achieve your fitness goal, whether that is to burn fat, lose weight, build muscle, or tone up, etc. The important point is to have a written copy of what it is that you are trying to accomplish, so that you can always revert back to the plan should any difficulties arise.
Setbacks will arise, that is the nature of life. Knowing that you will return to that plan you’ve made when you are in doubt or face difficulties, as well as when you are unsure as to how to proceed is the way to ensure that you will be strong in the progress you make.
Acknowledging the reality of setbacks will ensure that you have the correct mindset. Remember that it is always mind over matter when it comes to goal achievement, so getting your mindset right from the start is of primary importance.
Thirdly, remind yourself of the rewards that you want to achieve. This way you will solidify your commitment. When you look at photos of what you want to look like, or remind yourself of the body stats that you want to have, you will likely be reinvigorated to achieve your goals.
Commitment is what will take you from A to B, it is the intangible substance that will make the difference between having set goals and having achieved goals. Be sure that you are open to changes in the original plan so that you are not forcing yourself to be committed to an old goals that no longer make sense to you. Commitment should never be blind, it should be the strength that keeps you holding on to getting what you want.
Join us next week when we will be bringing you an exercise of the week from Darcey DeCooman from No Excuse Fitness Lifestyle.