We live in strange and unpredictable times. One small change can cause a committed person to derail from their set goals. We all know commitment is hard, and for many, staying active is even harder but we’re here to help you through it all.
The internal aspects of achieving your objectives are often the most difficult to manage: desire, discipline, optimism, and vision. Unfortunately, it is those exact characteristics that will keep you dedicated and focused on your objectives – whether you want to change your physique or perfect contemplative practice.
When it comes to making long-term significant improvements in our health, we often fall into the trap of setting our starting goals too high and assuming that they will be easy to achieve. Many find themselves falling back into old habits and forgetting why they wanted to make the changes in the first place after about two weeks. Sound familiar?
Set yourself up for success by including the ideas below into your goal planning, and stay motivated in the long run.
Set achievable, smaller goals first
Begin with short-term goals that are easier to achieve, and work your way up to longer-term goals. It’s important to set goals that are both reasonable and attainable. If your goals are too high, it’s simple to get discouraged and quit.
Include physical exercise in your everyday routine
If you find it difficult to find time to exercise, don’t give yourself the chance to make excuses. Workouts should be scheduled and planned into your week just like any other essential activity. Schedule set time slots for workouts ahead of time and work everything else around those.
Physical exercise may also be included throughout the day by switching smaller day-to-day habits to more physically challenging ones, like taking the stairs instead of using the elevator or lift, parking farther away from the shop to get a few extra steps in, or carrying your grocery bags to the car instead of wheeling them there in a shopping cart or having someone carry them for you.
If you work from home, take breaks by stretching, walking, or climbing the stairs, or try a standing desk or pilates ball instead of a chair. Squats, lunges, and situps are other good options to sneak in throughout the day if you can’t fit in a full workout session.
Put it in writing
Make a list of your goals and recognize the advantages of regular exercise. Do you want to improve your posture, increase energy and strength? Write your ambitions down – whether on paper or the notes on your phone – and look at this list regularly to help you stay motivated.
You may also find that keeping an exercise journal is beneficial. Keep track of what you achieved during each workout session, how long you worked out for, and how you felt afterwards. Tracking your progress and recording your efforts may help you to strive toward your objectives while also reminding you that you’re making progress.
Ask friends/family to join you
Never allow yourself to feel like you’re doing all this alone (unless that’s how you prefer it of course). It can be very helpful to invite a friend or family member to join you on your walks or workouts to hold you accountable.
Take a few minutes after each exercise session to enjoy the pleasant sensations that exercise provides. Consciously acknowledging the positive benefits may give you the internal motivation to make a long-term commitment to regular exercise.
Whenever you achieve a longer-term goal, reward yourself for example with a new pair of walking shoes or music to listen to as you work out.
Allocate some time for training
When your daily schedule is always full, the most difficult part is finding time to work out. This is where BODYTCE EMS training comes in. BODYTEC sessions are just 20 minutes long and you only need to train once per week.
At BODYTEC we specialise in weight-free full-body EMS strength training, ensuring that we primarily work with the more powerful EMS involuntary contractions. All training is done under the supervision of a qualified personal trainer, which we consider to be a major factor in enabling you to achieve your training goals and save time.
Last but not least…
Take a day or two off if you’re too busy to exercise or just don’t feel like it. If you need a break, be kind to yourself and take one. The most important thing is that you get back on track as soon as possible once you are well-rested.
Find out more about BODYTEC EMS training here.