Does this describe you? You are not alone, this happens to most people not just after the New Year, but throughout the year as well. One very common issue is not having a clear plan with a clear goal. Going to the gym and simply winging it is no way to maintain commitment. You need a clear goal (lose 20 pounds, gain muscle, etc.) and a realistic plan for execution. Realistic, meaning – how many days you really and truly commit to exercising or making it to the gym? Don’t plan for five days a week when the likelihood is really only three. Consistency is paramount to success. Keeping track of your daily or weekly progress will also help show you where improvements can be made.
Also, consider partnering up with someone or hiring a trainer for accountability. Having someone push, challenge and encourage you may be just what you need. Another common issue I see is doing too much too soon. Don’t jump in and push the heaviest weight or run the farthest you can go, because you’ll end up sore and miserable for days. Prolonged soreness will often keep someone out of the gym just long enough to halt progress. Take an approach where you gently ramp it up.
In addition, be prepared with your nutrition plan. Set your home environment up for success and do some meal prep. With only a few days and weeks into a plan, it will be super tempting to revert back to old habits and patterns. Again, it takes time and consistency to replace old poor habits with new good ones.
Finally, don’t give up at the first, second or third slip-up. It can and does happen to even the most disciplined. You only fail when you mess up and truly give up. Refuse to do that and get right back on track. A fitness journey is never a straight line. Remember “I can and I will”.
Kayla Germann BS, CFT 937-307-6278 cell 937-748-9905 office firstname.lastname@example.org