What’s holding you back from beginning to exercise? Is it fear, pain, history of boredom, not knowing what to do, thinking you have no time, or simply hating it?
Make the time. It might seem like you don’t have enough time in your day for exercise, but you probably do – time can’t be managed but activities can.
Set an appointment. Pick out the times when you want to exercise, and schedule ahead. Keep your appointment with yourself or book an appointment with a personal trainer.
Learn new exercises. Keep your routine fresh by frequently introducing yourself to new exercises. Choose exercises you enjoy and create some fun with them by challenging yourself.
Routine is the key. After about 2 weeks of a routine, you will find it a lot less of a chore.
In the beginning there’s nothing but good intentions when joining a gym or starting a new exercise regime.
So why do so many people stop so close to the beginning? Here are a couple of thoughts…
The general approach will never outsmart an individual approach!
Going from doing absolutely nothing to doing any kind of regular exercise will initially create some sort of positive response but it will always be limited at best. For long-term results you need a tailored approach instead of trying to copy what someone else is doing.
There are potentially billions of different exercise programmes because we are all individually unique and require different kinds of exercise. An exercise programme should be designed for YOU to get you from A to B in the quickest and safest way possible that suits your level of fitness and lifestyle. Workouts in magazines and generic programme cards in gyms are unrealistic for most people and should be avoided at all cost because there is no such thing as a one size fits all.
Staying motivated is connected to following the right kind of exercise programme that suits your goal and will yield the best return. When we see results it spurs us on and keeps us interested.
Some people make the mistake of doing more when they don’t see the results they want instead of making the most of the time they already spend. It’s important to focus on intensity and progression. Being dogmatic about completing a particular number of workouts each week for the sake of being loyal towards a given programme won’t benefit you if the programme isn’t right for YOU.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. There’s a saying that you should never throw good money after bad. The same applies with YOUR TIME when it comes to exercising. Don’t waste your time doing something that doesn’t work or sooner or later you will burn out and it will kill your motivation and you will want to quit altogether.
Have you been doing the same exercise programme for as long as you can remember? The majority of people stick to the same programme that they are familiar with because they are in their comfort zone. One of the biggest ways to overcome training stagnation is to break that barrier and step out of the comfort zone.
There are multiple ways to keep exercise invigorating both for the mind and body. You need to challenge the body and keep it guessing otherwise it will become more and more efficient at doing what you are doing. That might sound silly but in order to progress you need to step out of your comfort zone by applying progressive principles. Otherwise you are simply training for maintenance at best.
Depending on the level of training experience I would normally recommend changing exercise programmes every 3 weeks. Within a 3-week cycle I like to rotate different variables to stimulate additional response from the programme.
Train with me once every 3-4 weeks to find out how it could benefit you.
All new clients begin with a free initial consultation. This gives you the opportunity to meet with me to discuss your goals, lifestyle and schedule in more detail.
During the consultation, we discuss:
▪ Your fitness goals and past exercise history
▪ My training style and structure and which would be best for you
▪ How I can help you get results with your diet
▪ Prices and package options
▪ Any questions and concerns you may have
Workouts are planned to allow you to burn a ton of calories in as little time as possible. The main part of each workout lasts 30 minutes or less, the rest of the workout time is used for isolation exercises that help correct posture, improve aesthetics and strengthen the core. Exercises are selected to help change your physique and improve your fitness. Each exercise is selected specific to the individual’s experience and has the potential to be progressive so you can gradually improve safely, safe from fracture and injury.
If you play a particular sport, the right personal trainer will help you improve your skill by showing you new training techniques specific to your sport.
If you are an absolute beginner – a personal trainer is the ultimate fitness coach. A good personal trainer should be able to introduce you to a very simple, effective routine so you can progress efficiently and quickly.
If you are stuck in the same routine and want to break out of a rut, a personal trainer is the perfect solution. A trainer will jump-start, not only your motivation, but your routine as well.
A personal trainer monitors everything and can provide objective feedback about your limits and strengths as well as your diet and lifestyle.
Why do most people have trouble making exercise a regular habit? There are probably a number of reasons, but here are the main ones as I see it:
People set out with a lot of ambition and enthusiasm, and start out with a goal. The problem is that the goal is often too difficult to sustain for very long without some kind of structure and support system in place.
Too many goals
Often we set out to do too much. We want to eat healthy, quit chocolate, and stop drinking alcohol. Well, those are multiple goals, and most people find it too challenging to focus on the exercise habit if they’re trying to do all the others at the same time.
Not enough motivation
It can take great discipline to achieve a healthier and fitter body. Having someone motivate you can be an invaluable asset if you want to see out your goal.