5 Tips to Stay Consistent and Reach Your Goals
In fitness, as with life, in order to reach your goals consistency is key. There will always be times when you’re lacking motivation or are just out of your routine which will make reaching your goals seem that much harder. The trick is to not let these curve balls or hurdles get in the way of the progress you have already made. In this blog post, we give you five of the best tips to stay consistent so that you can reach your goals, whether they are fitness related or another form of self-improvement.
Start small and gradually increase your commitment.
When taking on a new exercise routine or habit you may feel motivated and start off doing it every day, however, that is hard to keep up with and often results in over-exertion and injury. Start off by committing two or three days a week so it becomes a habit, and slowly increase the amount if necessary.
Break up your goal into manageable chunks.
Your final goal may be to complete a marathon but by giving yourself clear targets that will lead you to it, you will find it a lot easier to stay on track. Start off by completing a couch-5k program, then move on to a 5k race, running 10k, and so on. You will have a feeling of accomplishment every time you tick another target off which will help encourage you to keep going.
Don’t beat yourself up when you fail.
If you miss a day or don’t accomplish what you’re trying to do, don’t give up! If your goal is part of a long-term plan for your life there will be times when it’s just not possible to fit everything in. This doesn’t mean you should give up on your goal completely. If you only managed to go to the gym once or twice this week instead of the three as intended, think about why this happened and put strategies in place to make it easier to go three times next week and get back on track!
Attach your goal to another activity.
This is called habit stacking. As the saying goes, it takes 21 days to form a habit. By attaching your goal to something that you automatically do every day (say brushing your teeth or making your morning coffee), or a specific time of day (when you wake up or after dinner) you are making it easier for it to become part of your daily life.
Plan out your week and organize when you are going to make time for your activity. Maybe your goal is to read more books or listen to a motivational podcast. At the beginning of the week get your diary out or even just a piece of paper and write down your essential must-do activities such as work and mealtimes. Decide when you can do an activity that goes towards your goal and stick to it. You wouldn’t cancel an appointment with the doctor so treat your activity in the same way.
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