Every single day, a magazine comes out with a new diet, a set of health tips and a list of reasons why you need to follow guidelines written by that particular magazine.
However, beyond the flashy magazine covers lies a world of misconceptions and myths – a world full of false advertising built on studies you never heard of.
That’s why it’s essential for you to know the right steps for improving your fitness. You just need to step back and think about what exactly you want to achieve.
Stop relying on your willpower
Sometimes, your will to push through is just not enough. You might be ready to give up, but your body is not even close to quitting. This is the moment when people realize they are capable of much more than they thought was possible.
The moment you start thinking you’re done, you need to start being logical about your endurance. Why are you doing this? How will you benefit from that extra rep? And if you’re not good with talking to yourself, obey the 40% rule – when your mind is telling you that you’re done, you’re only 40% done.
Form new habits
Studies say that it takes just over 60 days to form a habit. This means that you need to put your body through thick and thin to achieve your goals. But sticking to a schedule for two months alone won’t cut it. You need to turn those two months into six, and those six into a year. Your habits are there to take you to the next level.
But don’t just do things for the sake of doing them. Plan your habits ahead of time so you don’t have any excuse of doing them. Think about every possible outcome of why you wouldn’t walk out the door and go for the next run. Form a strong basis for your habits and then build upon that basis. Plan ahead to fortify your habits.
Work with your body, not against it
Yes, your body is a well-oiled machine capable of achieving great things. But even the finest machines need to be tuned regularly. If you’re serious about your fitness, you know that supplements play a huge role in keeping you on track with your goals.
You can find supplements online or at your local gym, but don’t rush into using them just for the sake of progress. Supplements can help you heal faster and deal better with muscle soreness, so find someone who knows what they’re doing, and let them help you.
Regardless of your workout skills or level of athleticism, there’s always something you can do to improve your game. If you’re a runner, you can introduce strength exercises to grow your muscles and improve your endurance. If you’re a bodybuilder, you can always reduce the amount of rest between sets.
Sticking to a certain routine will eventually stifle your progress, so make sure you stay ahead of the curve. Switch your workout routine every once in a while, because it will help you build both endurance and stamina. And remember, there is always room to improve.
You might be aware of what you’re trying to achieve but others aren’t. Be vocal about your personal time; the time you need to invest every single day in order to achieve your goals. Don’t let anyone get in the way of your progress.
And if you travel a lot and think you won’t have enough time for your goals, prioritize your responsibilities. There’s always an extra hour you can steal away from the day. Plan ahead of your activity and you’ll be extra motivated when the time comes to go out the door for that extra mile.
Be clear about your goals, and your friends and family members will be there to support you when you least expect it. So, stop thinking about excuses, get out there and do what it takes to achieve your goals – we are talking about your dreams, aren’t we?