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Sometimes when life happens, it gets hard to create fitness goals that stick.
Whether it be a full-time job, kids, dogs, LIFE…things happen and it’s easy to fall off track.
Here are a few tips to make sticking to your goals achievable and REAL.
On Sundays or whatever day of the week you don’t work (or if you have some downtime at work), set aside a short amount of time and type up a list of groceries on your phone.
This way, you won’t forget it when you make it to the grocery store – as we all always have our phones with us.
This is 2014, people.
Also, set a workout schedule so you don’t overwhelm yourself/get to the gym and have zero direction of where to start.
Ex. Monday = Leg Day, Tuesday = Shoulders, etc.
Try And Stick To The Same Time On A Daily Basis For Working Out!
Believe it or not, this will help discipline you.
Personally, my alarm is set for 5:29am, yes, 5:29 not 5:30, because I like getting my workout out of the way for the day and gyms are typically busier after work.
Sticking to the same time every day will subconsciously program your brain to be like “hmmm something is missing…” on days when you skip the gym.
This will also help your workout routine become ROUTINE.
Treat it like it’s a part of your work day.
Plan Your “Rest” Days Ahead Of Time!
Going back to the plan ahead theme, take a look at your week.
If you know that you have a crazy Wednesday and maybe have to get to the office before your usual time, then claim that day as your rest day for the week.
Once again, knowing when your off-days will be before the week starts will help you get it done, son!
I can’t stress this enough: Results Don’t Come Overnight.
You have to continue to work at it and then work at it some more.
Once you think you’ve achieved where you want to be, you have to MAINTAIN. This means you still have to hit the gym to retain the muscle you have gained in order to keep it.
If you don’t use it, you lose it.
Place Your Specific Workouts In An Order You Can Handle!
Now, to elaborate on that <— Basically, choose your LEAST favorite body part to workout (for me, legs, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it) and I stick it SMACK DAB on Monday mornings.
I have a few reasons for this, which I’ll get to in a future post about my recommendations on what to workout on what days to benefit you the most, but my primary reason I workout legs on Monday is because I just want to get it out of the way for the week.
Holy run on sentence.
WHAT I’M SAYING IS: I don’t want to wake up in the middle of the week and dread getting to the gym because it’s leg day.
I save what I enjoy working out most for Tuesdays-Fridays, because then I have the slight glimmer of excitement for hitting the gym.
Make sense? What’s your plan to succeed?