Want to reach your fitness goals? Follow these 4 simple rules. Yes, rules. Because “tips” are just little suggestions.
1. Never Miss a Monday (Workout)
Monday sets the tone for your entire week. If you pass on the first workout of the week you’ll be playing catch up. Bag the extra 20 minutes of sleep, roll your tired self out of bed and hit the gym, go for a walk, or get to boot-camp.
2. Never Go 3 Days Without Exercise.
Remember what I’ve said about threes? Two glasses of wine or beer, fine. The third, no bueno. Two Thin Mints, ok. Once you grab the third, you will soon find yourself eating the rest of the sleeve. Same goes for exercise.
Need to rest and recuperate? Sure, take two full days off. But you better make darn sure you are back at class or on the trail or in the seat of your bike on that third day. Three days off soon becomes a week. Need I say more?
3. Workout At Least 3 Days Per Week*** (the asterisk means there’s more to this – keep reading)
If you are just starting out with a new exercise program I think 3 days to start is fine. It allows you to get into a routine and get used to being active.
***Ideally you should aim for 5 days a week of exercise. Why? Because your body is a machine that works better in motion. And it goes without saying, If you are looking to shed some pounds or are training for an event, 5 days should be your absolute minimum.
4. Don’t Ever Give Up
If there is one motivational thing I could say to you about getting in shape, staying in shape, losing weight or achieving your goal – this would be it.
You will face challenges, both physically and mentally.
You will have conflicts with kids’ activities, work activities, family activities.
You will be tired, sore and you may even feel frustrated at times.
Get used to it. Get over it. But don’t every give up.
What’s the saying? “It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get up.” Yeah, that sums it up.
Now go run!