Top list – continued…
- Consolidate your tiny steps to overall success: Use progressive training in strength and cardio workouts. You can start by lifting a weight that challenges the body but allows you to complete reps with proper form comfortably. After the body adapts, increase the workout either by the number of reps or by adding on more weight – depending on your goal. For cardio, begin slowly and increase the time by 5 or 10 minutes each week until you have reached your desired duration. Always stretch to warm up the muscles before any workout. These tiny yet consistent increments will help you achieve bigger results you had in mind.
- Speed up the progress for results: On the flip side to the above approach, you can plan a 45 or 60-minute workout schedule for 5 days a week. Motivation level is generally the highest at the start of a fitness program, so you probably will have no problems in completing your first week. Thereafter, reduce the intensity and perform about 25 to 30-minute workouts during the next two or three weeks. Rinse and repeat the process. This approach will help you achieve your overall goals in quicker time. This also challenges the muscles while allowing them to recover during the moderate workout cycle. The recovery phase can allow you to switch up on your workouts which induce further muscle growth and recovery.
- Focus on one goal at a time: This one was challenging for me! But we all know that it takes hard work to achieve anything credible. This is the reason why many aspiring fitness enthusiasts imitate professionals and dive into everything at once. Unfortunately, this approach can quickly disrupt the entire progress. The best approach is to write down your fitness goals and prioritize the one goal that is the most important to you. Once you achieve that goal, you can easily move on to the next goal. You can better focus on your diet when workouts become your habit. If your motivation is winning at any stage, realigning your fitness goals is probably one of the best ways to boost your motivation level.
- Focus on each progress: Hitting a goal can seem overwhelming. Rather than worrying about it, focus on what you have already achieved. Make sure to track your progress and take pictures at regular intervals – let’s say each month. Once you find out that you are making steady progress, it will immensely boost your motivation.
- Consolidate your overall progress with monthly challenges: According to many credible fitness trainers, a 30 day period is ideal for designing your workout challenges and tracking progress. As recommended by Steve Pavlina, you can easily commit yourself to this 30-day trial and compare the results. Depending on the results, you can modify or commit yourself to another challenge. Diversity – If you are not required to follow the same fitness regime for a fairly long duration and there is room to modify your monthly challenges, your motivation level will stick to the higher side.