Next, to New Year’s, I’d say that Spring is the next most popular time when people think about getting fit. We start to think about being outdoors more and wearing shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits. To make your fitness regime more effective, I have Ten Tips covering what kind of goals to set, how to create an easy do-anywhere workout and how to fit it into your schedule.
So many are looking to get fit for spring and today I will share what KIND of goals to set, how to create an easy do-anywhere workout, and how to go about fitting things in.
10 Top Tips
Tip #1 – Set goals based on Actions, not Outcomes – Make it Real and Write it Down. I can’t count how many times I was too scared to write something down in case somebody else saw it. If I wrote it down, it meant that I was serious about making it a reality and that I needed to follow through. If you want to get fit, you need to be serious, this isn’t something that happens overnight.
Tip #2 – READY, WILLING, AND ABLE – Be honest with yourself. Why have you thought you need to make healthy choices? There comes a time in everybody’s life that something happens and you have this realization that your health matters. Once you have that realization, then you need to decide what you are WILLING to do in order to make change in your daily routine, are you ABLE to do what it takes to complete the actions to make that change right now, and you READY for doing things differently than you do every day?
Tip #3 – Establish your Priorities – Let’s face it, everyone can be busy and fill up their time doing things that aren’t necessarily in line with where their goals are going to take them. Write down all the things that you need to do and prioritize them – work, personal, family, relationships, etc.
Tip #4 – Schedule your priorities. It’s a fact that you will make time for what is a priority to you. If making changes to your health and fitness are a priority to you, you will make time for it. If you’re not making time for it then you might want to reevaluate your WHY.
Tip #5 – Make sure you have what you need at the right time. – If you were planning on doing the workout, then make sure that you have what you need ahead of time so that you won’t have an excuse not to follow through.
Tip #6 – Even a little meal prep can save you a ton of time. – If eating healthy is a challenge for you, then make sure you have food prepared ahead of time for those meals that seem to be rushed. I always make sure that my breakfast and snacks are prepared in advance otherwise those meals are too easy to skip. If you are skipping meals, then you’re going to be skipping out on energy and you will be at risk of making some unhealthy food choices because of lack of time.
Tip #7 – Consistency is more important than duration. – If you’re just starting out and starting to exercise, it doesn’t need to be complicated. Short workouts every day are going to be much better than 2 workouts 1 week and 1 workout the next week. Consistency is the most important thing. Do little bits every day and work your way up gradually. You will see much greater and faster results that way.
Tip #8 – Start with what you KNOW – Everyone has exercises that they know how to do. You do not need to go to the gym and get an effective workout. Start with writing down all of the exercises that you know how to do. Categorize them by upper-body, lower-body, core and cardio style exercises. choose one exercise from each category and create your own short workout. Do 12 to 15 repetitions for each exercise and do 3 to 5 sets.
Tip #9 – If you aren’t tracking, you’re guessing – There’s no way of knowing whether or not you were making improvements and getting better unless you track how you do. Nobody likes tracking because then you actually have to pay attention to your actions. If you look at it as simply data then you can take that as a learning point as to how you can move forward. Each day, try to be a little bit better or do just a little bit more. In order to know what a little bit better or a little bit more is you have to know what you did before. The only way to know what you did before is to look back and see what you’ve tracked.
Tip #10 – Tell a buddy and share! – Have someone hold you accountable. tell somebody what you’re planning on doing, why you are going to do it and give them the dates that you’re planning on doing them by. It’s so easy to let your goals and your choices fall by the wayside when no one is going to ask you about it. Everyone needs an accountability partner!
So there you have it, my 10 top tips to get moving this Spring. Might seem a bit overwhelming. But if you’re going to make it happen, you’ve got to buy into your plan. Follow the tips, get moving, and stick to it. You’ll be a healthier person for it!
Need help? Have questions? I’m here to make it easier. If you have questions, then let’s connect. I will help figure out what you need in order to become stronger and healthier version of yourself.