Health & Wellness

Published on July 10th, 2011 | by thevyne


Getting Back Into a Routine

By Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer” of Chicago Fit 4 Life

It’s July and you really need motivation to keep up an exercise routine before the summer is a thing of the past.  Remember when it was January 1st and how motivated you were then? Remember how you said this year was going to be different, how this was going to be the year where you get in the best shape ever? What happened?  I’ll tell you what happened, reality set in.  I had one person tell me they were doing so well with their new year’s resolution until January 2nd.  Well, it’s not too late to get back started on your goals to lose weight, tone up, and get in the best shape of your life. Just follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Figure out your weakness.

Why did you fall off of your routine to begin with?  Were you bored?  Did you not have anyone to work out with?  Were your workout goals too vague?  Figure out where you went wrong so you can change that area up, because you need a different approach if you want different results. Some people try the same “old school” exercise approach that they have been trying for the last 10 years and wonder why they never get in the shape they want to get in.

Step 2: Set a realistic Goal.

“I want to just really get in shape” is not a goal.  2008 American College of sports and medicine study found people who set small specific goals are 30% likelier to reach them than those who shoot for general goals (look good, get in shape, etc…).  So what is getting in shape or getting fit to you?  If it is being able to run 4 miles without stopping, or having 10% body fat, know that and use that goal as your motivation.  If you are overweight don’t set a goal to have a 6 pack… that is not realistic.

Step 3: Do very, very easy workouts for a while.

A common mistake that people make when they attempt to re-engage in a workout regimen is attempting to make up for lost time.  I would rather a client workout too little than too much, because when you get hurt you can’t workout at all. Remember, it’s not where you start; it’s where you end. Consistency builds results not intensity, be consistent with a little.  A really tough workout won’t get you in shape, but working out often will.

Step 4: Find a picture of your ideal body image.

If you want to weigh what you weighed in high school, then get a high school picture and put it on your refrigerator.  If you want to look like your favorite celebrity, then get a picture of her and put it in a place where you will see it often.  You have to see where you are going before you get there, even if it’s in your mind! Having that visual will help keep you focused.  In 2008 researchers found that when healthy men and women spent 4 weeks visualizing themselves lifting weights, their actual strength went up 4%!! The subconscious mind is so powerful.

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3 Responses to Getting Back Into a Routine

  1. Siddiqu says:

    This is some of the realest stuff I ever wrote, I really hope out of shape people take heed.

  2. Gigi says:

    Thanks for this. I started back working out last week. My goals right now are very simple work out at least 30 minutes 5 days a week and when I reach 10 lbs lost I get to purchase a new dress (in a new size).

  3. thevyne says:

    Yaaay! Way to get back into it Gi! :o)

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