Ways to Reach Your Fitness Goal

This time of year people are beginning exercise programs because it’s the New Year, spring is coming, or it’s just time to finally do it. It’s exciting at first, but setbacks can come easy if you don’t watch out for them and pace yourself. Here are five things you can do to keep it going and ensure the great progress you want this year.

  1. Start small. Be realistic with your goals. Working out seven times a week sounds great and it may even be doable in the short term, but you’ll burn out quickly. If you’re new to exercising or just getting back to it, start small and build up. Twice a week for 30 minutes can make a big difference.

  2. Log it. Do it for yourself. You don’t have to publish it or announce to your family and friends. Let others know if it helps, but ultimately it’s for you. Write it down old school style or there are many great free mobile device apps out there.

  3. Diet and exercise work best together. Individually diet and exercise are remarkable, but together, they are unbeatable. That’s diet in the sense of eating sensible, nutritious meals. Fancy fad diets sometimes work temporarily but are often not sustainable. Along with a consistent workout schedule, this combination is your best bet for being fit and healthy long term.

  4. Find what interests you. Personally, I’ve always found cardio monotonous and boring, so I gravitate toward weight training. But being a male in my 40’s now, I realize heart health is imperative. So I often speed up my weight training into a circuit style workout to increase my heart rate then mix in short stints of cardio like jumping rope. That works for me and something will work for you. You have to find what you like, otherwise you won’t do it.

  5. Get a trainer. Someone to instruct, motivate, and keep you accountable ensures that you stay on track and are doing the right program for your goals. There’s nothing better that someone encouraging and pushing you to be your best.

Bart Lindsay, MS, CPT, CES, is a certified personal trainer at Mettler Center.