Stay motivated with these fitness essentials….
1. Get assessed monthly
Don’t just focus on your weight alone. Keep a fitness journal with indicators such as waist, hip and other circumference measurements, as well as your body fat percentage. This will allow you to more accurately track your progress. However, simply keeping track of your measurements isn’t the only indicator that you’re on the path to achieving your goals. By doing a monthly fitness assessment you’ll know if your training is on track and if you’re improving your fitness levels. One indicator of your fitness and strength is the one minute push up or sit up test. Perform as many push ups or sit ups as you can in a minute to see if your strength training is delivering results.
2. First do no harm
Avoid substances that are toxic to the body like drugs, alcohol and tobacco. You work so hard at developing a strong and shapely exterior, but what happens on the inside of your body is also extremely important for your overall health and well-being. The ‘first do no harm’ principle can also be applied to exercise. Doing anything in excess or to the point where is can damage your body is not the aim. Don’t take your time in the gym to extremes in the hope of speeding up your results. You will only injure yourself, which will set you back even further.
3. Take a holistic approach
Building the body of your dreams doesn’t involve a single element like exercise in isolation. The final result is a combination of your activity levels, what you eat, how often you rest, what supplements you use and the care and attention you give to your body outside of the gym. Without taking a holistic approach to this lifestyle you will never achieve the results you are after.
4. Listen to your body
When something hurts or you feel tired it’s your body telling you to take it easy and recover. Don’t ignore these signals and simply work through them. Learn to listen to your body and make the necessary changes to avoid injury and continue progressing towards your ultimate goal without unnecessary drama.
5. Train in multiple planes
Similar to functional training, training with movements that take your from side to side and diagonally, more closely mimics real life movements. This ensures that your body becomes stronger in all movements and also incorporates important stabiliser muscles into your workouts that normally wouldn’t be engaged when moving in a uni-directional plane.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.