1. Evaluate your current state and plan accordingly!
It’s important to do a quick self-evaluation and figure out where you’re starting. Be realistic about your current health and fitness level. If you only took the holidays off, your journey might not be as long as it might be if you’re starting an exercise plan for the first time. Assessing your fitness level will help you create a realistic plan that you can maintain over time.
2. Set long-term and short-term goals.
Whether your goal is to run a marathon or simply to make it to the Y five times per week, both are valid and have their own plan of attack. Make sure that your long-term goal is inspiring and motivating enough so you’ll want to work hard to achieve it. Short-term goals are also important and can help us stay focused and on track as we work toward our long-term goal. And they are also great mini-motivators! Seeing that you can complete a 5K is a really motivating stepping stone as you work toward that marathon!
3. Set yourself up for success by doing your homework.
In order to meet your goals, it is important to understand all of the resources available to you. For example, if your goal is to exercise three times per week and you enjoy group exercise classes, you might want to know the schedule and inquire about classes you might enjoy. Likewise, if your goal is to run a marathon, you might want to research running groups and other classes that focus on endurance training.
4. Track your progress.
Tracking is a powerful tool! If you see that you aren’t hitting your short-term goals, that might be an indicator that you need to re-assess and adjust your goals.
5. Find a friend with the same goal.
Not only will a friend make your routine more fun, they can also inspire you to work harder and help you stay on track.
6. Be prepared!
As with anything, life can throw us curve balls so it’s important to have a few back-up plans ready. What can you do if your child gets sick and you miss your group exercise class at the Y? Will you have an exercise video that you can use as backup? Back-up plans aren’t always perfect but they get the job done. It’s also important to understand that if you fall off track, you’re not giving up. You can bounce right back into your fitness routine.
7. Join the Atlanta YMCA for fitness support, fun, community and connection.
Secure a Y membership now to get the best rates of the year. And, with your new membership, you’ll get free personal coaching and individualized support. Join now and save up to $100. Find a location near you.