So you have joined the local gym, brand new £50 pair of trainers and a whole new wardrobe of fitness gear, sound like you?
January is the busiest time in gyms with new members wanting to finally shift those excess pounds or get the body they have always wanted but in reality 2 weeks into a 12 month contract and these new members will never come in again and if you don't want to be one of these I suggest you follow my tips below on how to keep your goals.
Before we even get started on the list, you need to remind yourself as to why you joined the gym. You wanted to make an improvement in yourself, whether that be confidence, fitness or physique - It is ultimately down to you to decided if you want to make progress or make excuses.
7 Tips For Goals
1 - Rome wasn't built in a day!
If you're expecting to see results from day one your going to be in for a surprise, it can take up to 3 weeks to see a difference either on the scale or in the mirror but you need to keep it going and not get downhearted.
2 - Everyone started at the same level!
See that huge guy by the weight rack or the scantily clad girl over by the squat mirrors? They both started off where you are so don't be intimidated or feel like you're not fit enough for the gym as that's the whole point of the gym - to improve yourself.
3 - 3 times a week minimum
You don't need to live in the gym and train for 2 hours 7 days a week as its impossible, start small do 3 sessions a week around 45 minutes per session and build from there.
4 - Diet is more important
There is no point going to the gym and training hard then eating a greasy kebab or pizza. Eating healthy
and training will help you achieve your goals a lot quicker. Use the 70-30 rule so eat healthy Monday to Saturday then have a treat meal on Sunday as we all want a pizza and chips now and again.
5 - Train with friends
You are more likely to keep up with your goals if you train with a partner as you will feel guilty about ditching them if you don't go and you can both motivate each other.
6 - Try a class or two
If you don't know what to do and don't have a Personal Trainer then try a few classes. These will burn countless calories and teach you all the moves that you can use in the gym as squats, lunges, planks etc. are all used in classes.
7 - Remember that it's a marathon, not a sprint
Keeping your resolution past the second week of January is a milestone as most people give up after the first week so keep it up and remember it gets easier.
Feel free to drop any questions you may have in the comments or any obstacles you feel are stopping you and I can try and help.