The Tough Part of Reaching Your Goals
There’s a lot of help for starting off on the journey, but what about when the buzz of a ‘New Year, New Me’ has worn off?
In my last blog, we spoke about setting new goals and getting back into your training after Christmas. When we talk about goal setting, there’s a lot of help for starting off on the journey, which of course is great, but what about when you are 4 weeks in and the buzz of a ‘New Year, New Me’ has worn off? What if you haven’t seen results as fast as you had planned? When we set ourselves goals we might only plan for the first 4 weeks, hoping that by then we’ll have created new habits and we’ll continue on our mission of being awesome this year! Sometimes though, we get this far and come up against a few bumps in the road.
We’ve come up with some tips to help you keep moving forwards, past the tough bits.
- Congratulate yourself on your success so far! If you’ve been coming to the gym regularly then this is an achievement!
- Assess where you are in relation to your goal- are you on track? Are you enjoying your journey? If the answer is ‘no’ or ‘not sure’ to those 2 questions then let’s change something! It might be that your current training schedule doesn’t suit your lifestyle (I once tried to train at 6.30am in the morning 3 times a week and found I couldn’t stick to it after a month- I’m not an early bird so why was I trying to train like one?! Evening workouts keep me feeling good now). Or perhaps you need some nutritional advice from one of our PTs to support your training. Tweaking your plan along the way is the best way to keep yourself on track.
- Remember why you decided to start this journey- a reminder of your ‘why’ can sometimes be all of the motivation you need to get you through that tough bit.
- Refresh your workout playlist- this might be a small thing but upbeat music (try tracks that are between 120 and 140 beats per minute) makes us feel good so use it to put a spring in your step!
- Share your challenges with your workout buddy or a friend. You might find that you are having similar experiences so sharing ideas can give you both a mood boost.
Before I go…
Our Personal Trainers are experts at goal setting and motivation. You’ll find them on the gym floor!