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“New Year! New You!” Sound familiar? Of course it does. This time of the year is all about making changes. There’s something about the inevitable arrival of January 1st, that inspires people all around the world to implement some positive changes within their lives. They can be as simple as maybe spending more time with your family. Others can prove to be more challenging for some, such as cutting sugar from your diet or losing weight (you think you’re doing so well 4 days in then somehow end up smashing a six pack of cupcakes questioning where it all went wrong….). At Muscle Coach, we don’t want to see you touch those cupcakes 4 days in. That’s why we strive to provide you with all the tools necessary to achieve your health and fitness goals.
Unfortunately like most, many health and fitness related “New Year Resolutions” don’t see the end of January and leave many once inspired individuals a little deflated. Everyone’s right back to their old habits for another 11 months, until that time of the year rolls around once again. It’s a vicious cycle, but how do we make sure we set ourselves up for the most successful outcome possible?
First, start off by setting yourself a goal. Make that goal specific and REALISTIC. Be sensible, don’t set the bar too high as this may later deter and demotivate you. If your goal is to lose weight or put on lean muscle, break down those goals again into a form that can be measured. Every few weeks, reassess your progress and adjust accordingly. By keeping your goals smaller, they’ll appear more attainable, which is ultimately going to set you up for success and keep you motivated.
Next, get the help you need from the right resources. Noone knows everything. The more information and advice you can get from others, the better equipped you will be at tackling the challenges that lie ahead. There’s plenty of information available from books, magazines and DVD’s, to the countless websites, bulletins and forums that are at your fingertips online. If you’re chasing specifics even further and not confident researching how to achieve your goals, consider consulting with qualified expert such as a personal trainer, nutritionist, comp prep coach or the team at Muscle Coach. Sometimes having a third eye from someone who knows all the ins and outs, can help take your results to the next level.
Track your progress and keep yourself accountable. There are many ways to do this, whether that’s the role of your PT or nutritionist, or perhaps posting photos online via social media outlets and forums is more effective. Whatever method suits you, being honest with yourself is the best way you’re going avoid stagnation and minimise complacency. Monitor your progress week by week and tweak it accordingly. If your goal is to lose body fat or put on lean muscle, be aware of your weight, take body measurements and keep track of your body composition. Don’t go by the number on the scales alone, because it’s never that black and white.
Finally, find something that you enjoy! It doesn’t matter if it’s bodybuilding, CrossFit, powerlifting, pilates, yoga, water aerobics, ice skating or even going for a walk every morning! If you do something that suits your lifestyle and actually makes you happy, that will be enough to solidify positive habits into a regular lifestyle and ensure that your 2016 health kick isn’t short lived.
At the end of the day, it’s your life to live, so make sure it’s a happy and healthy one!
Author: Blackburn Store Manager Dan Cavalcante @dancavalcante90