3 Ways To Stick With A Program Until You Get Results

Personalise it

You need a plan that’s enjoyable - one that YOU think is enjoyable. Not your partner, not your friend, YOU! Your program needs to be specific to your goals, your body and your needs. Give some thought to the kind of training schedule that suits your current lifestyle (or the one you're aspiring to live), the time you have to dedicate to training, your budget and your current fitness level. If you take anything away from this article, it's this "do the things that fulfil you". In other words, do the things you enjoy! Life is too short to spend hours trotting on a treadmill.

Set targets for yourself

No one wakes up an olympian, it takes years of hard work - so don't expect that of yourself. Unrealistic expectations will end in frustration. Research has shown setting small, achievable tasks that are repeated consistently over a long time frame is a better approach. Rather than a large, outrageous goal like squatting 200kg (while this is inspirational) - it's not practical. Try something like "squat 3 times per week for the next 6 months".

Measure your success

From day 1, start tracking your progress so you can measure your success over time. Record your weights, your sets, your reps, your weight on the scales, your body measurements, your mood and emotional thoughts. All of these (and more) are best hand written in a journal, kept by your bedside so you are reminded to update your daily progress. But more importantly, you are able to reflect on what you have accomplished.

No matter how slow your progress, each new week is filled with tiny steps forward. Be proud of yourself. - @motivationapp

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