How do you develop a sustainable workout program? Here are five suggestions to help you create long-term fitness success:
1. Don’t Cherry Pick
If you know the workout before you show up at the gym, sometimes it becomes tempting to play up your strengths and avoid your weaknesses. If you only show up and go hard during the workouts where you’re strongest, you miss out on developing your fitness in other areas.
A well-rounded workout program that hits both your strengths and weaknesses is good for your long-term health and fitness. If you tend to avoid the workouts that you don’t look forward to, then don’t find out the workout ahead of time. Just show up and give it your best effort.
2. Vary Your Workouts
One thing that draws people to group training classes is the variety. By varying your workouts, this can prevent boredom.
Boredom doesn’t encourage a sustainable workout program. So rather than heading to the gym and doing the same thing each time, you have a knowledgable coach there to create quality workouts with plenty of variety.
3. Don’t Skip Recovery
Without proper rest and recovery, your workout program can lead to overtraining. When you’re not recovering well, you’re more likely to get sick or injured.
Incorporating rest into your program helps you get the most out of your workouts. Train hard and recover well, and you’ll be able to continue achieving long-term fitness results.
4. Be Consistent
When you start a new workout routine, it’s exciting. You might be feeling so motivated that you tell yourself that you’re going to work out every single day. Forever! It’s great to be excited about your workouts, but this schedule isn’t sustainable. After a few weeks, your excitement will level off. You might go to the gym less and less until you get another boost of motivation and you pick it up again.
Rather than an all-or-nothing workout pattern, aim for consistency. A consistent and realistic training schedule is sustainable. Just remember that consistency doesn’t mean you’re at the gym every day.
5. Set Long-Term Goals
Set yourself up for long-term fitness success by setting long-term fitness goals. These future goals can provide you with a sense of purpose for weekly workouts.
If you have a goal that will take several months (or even years) to achieve, use this goal to guide your short-term workout objectives. The short-term objectives will help keep you motivated and making progress toward your future goal.
The coaches at Kinetix in Rochester can help you connect your goals to how you train, move, eat, and live. To learn more about getting started, contact us today.