Training for your weight loss goals
Training for weight loss can be an exhausting endeavour. There are so many variables outside of your “gym time” that come into play; nutrition, proper sleeping habits, and genetic make up are just a few of the more common ones. This weeks’ post focuses on keeping you focused!
Start with a “SMART” goal. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-constrained.
Sometimes “I want to lose weight” is too broad of a goal and can be discouraging. Try giving yourself a 3 month goal such as “ I plan to lose 3 inches from my waistline by working out 3 days a week for the next 12 weeks”. From there, you can set up the parameters of your goal by aiming for 1 day a week cardio, 1 day a week of weight training and 1 day a week of interval training. Then, hold yourself accountable for your goals on a weekly basis and the next thing you know 3 months have passed and it’s time for a new goal!
By having a specific goal with a start and end date, I find it easier to stick with them and it feels good to celebrate the small victories more often. Another tip is pick an event to train for, for example a 5km, 8km, or 10km run. This way you have an end goal to train for and you become focussed on the event instead of your results. With a proper running program you will see results and a change in your body composition without a doubt, it just won’t be your main focus!
Take some time, find a goal that is realistic for you and your lifestyle, and get to it! You’ll be amazed at the difference in your attitude and the results of your program.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me or try a class and see how we do it at Fit For Life!