The following is a guest post from my friend Kaitlin. She has been helping me meet my fitness goals for a little over a year now. She is a great motivator and has gone through an amazing fitness transformation, so she knows what she’s talking about! You can find her at Fit and Feisty.
Do you struggle with starting and stopping a new program? Are you all-in for a week and then life happens? Here are my tips to stick with whatever new program you have started to achieve lifelong results!
1. Keep it realistic
We all start in a different spot. Some of us can go out and run 5 miles after not running for years. Others have to start with walking a mile first (thats me!). Want to run a marathon? It starts with 1 mile at a time. Want to be able to do 20 push-ups? Maybe you need to start by doing 10 on your knees. Set achievable goals that you can strive for weekly and keep pushing to get to the next one. It will feel so amazing when you can start crossing off those small goals along the way.
2. Find a friend
The best way to keep yourself accountable is to find someone to HOLD you accountable. Whether that is an online community that you can check into, a running partner, or your significant other. Find someone that will push you and make sure your show up when you say you will. It also makes the workout more fun when you can do it with someone else!
3. Find your jam
This is one of my favorite ways to get excited about a workout and to make it go faster! I always have music blaring. Find out what pumps you up and then rock your workout! Dancing also helps to burn more calories! 🙂
4. Make it a habit
Decide when you like work out – is it morning, lunch, or at night? Find what works for you and make that your routine. It will soon become second nature, just like brushing your teeth.
5. Pause, don’t stop
We all have days where we don’t feel our best or the day slips by. The key is to let those be the exception and not the norm. Be ready to start over the very next day. Taking a rest day is needed but letting that turn into two makes starting up again much harder!
I hope that these tips help you to stick with your new fitness program and make it a lifestyle, not a quick fix or a fad!
Kaitlin Zucco is an online health & fitness coach in West Michigan. When she’s not working out at home with her husband and 2 year old daughter, Emma, she enjoys traveling and soaking up as much beach time as possible in Holland.