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8 Ways to Keep Up with Your Training Without Stopping

8 Ways to Keep Up with Your Training Without Stopping

Getting into a fitness training regimen can be difficult to begin, but what may be even harder than starting, is in staying with it. After the first couple of days of training, you may experience muscle soreness, fatigue, or tightness, but this is just your body’s response to getting in shape. Pushing your muscles to the limit is what causes them to get stronger, but causes small tears in the muscles that require recovery time. It can be easy to turn that needed rest time for recuperation into a longer stretch, and then into not training at all. Soon, your new found passion for getting back in shape becomes a thing of the past.

The best way to stick with your fitness training, it to keep going.

Here’s how to get and stay in the habit of regular workouts.

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1. Start Where You Are

Don’t wait until you have the perfect training shoes, the gym membership, or have hired a trainer. Start as soon as you can with what you have. Take a walk in your neighborhood. Do some pushups or sit ups. Start right now because taking one action toward your training makes a difference.

2. Keep Active Daily

This does not mean you need to run a marathon daily, but do something active everyday. You can alternate between hiking, swimming, or training at the gym. No matter what, make a point to stay active. The endorphins created during exercise can boost your energy and mood, and can be habit forming. Focus on the habit of increasing those endorphins, and your desire to workout will follow.

3. Get a Trainer or Take a Class

It can be too easy to get away with not pushing yourself when it is just you and your workout. Working with a trainer can keep you on schedule with your workout goals, and can offer you supportive nudges to stick with it. Taking a class can give you the support, kinship, and connection possible from working out in a group. The training will not be as targeted as working with a trainer one-on-one, but the energy of a group can increase motivation.

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4. Do Exercise that You Love

If you workout by doing an exercise that you love, you will be much more likely to stick with it. If you don’t love running, then walk instead. If you don’t love walking, choose swimming. Whatever it is, take the time to find your workout groove. Help stay motivated with music.

5. Focus on Health, And Not on Looks

Working out for vanity’s sake can be a no-win battle. Internal motivation and focusing on how you will feel, rather than how you will look after a workout can support you in sticking with it. The health benefits of exercise are numerous. When you workout, you actually feel like you look better. Rather than just buying more wrinkle creams or getting plastic surgery, exercise can actually help slow the aging process.

6. Don’t Give Up, Even When You’re Stuck

As you progress, you may begin to get frustrated when you hit a plateau and feel like you can’t reach your next milestone. Keep at it, and as you get stronger, you will reach your goal. A good way to get past that plateau is to “confuse” your body by mixing up your workouts.

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7. Don’t Let Lack of Time Be an Excuse

One of the leading causes of people not working out can be the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day to find time to work out. Excuses are just ways to procrastinate and prevent yourself from staying on course. There is no time, unless you choose to make time. Even if its in 10 minute intervals throughout the course of a day, just do whatever you can daily. The use of a fitness tracker can help you count steps, so you can be aware of opportunities to train, just by your everyday activities. Try out these 5 minute workouts.

8. Keep Track of Your Time

A great way to celebrate your accomplishments is to track your workouts. You can use an app on your mobile phone, or even a spreadsheet, but making the choice to track your time gives you  a visual representation and the measurable results to track your progress. If you say you want to work out 5 days a week, then have 5 days a week checked off in your calendar. Stick with it and it becomes a habit. This app makes it fun! 

Exercise is an important part of your overall health. Without it, your body’s systems cannot function properly. Set yourself up with these tips to help you win at the game of your health!

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Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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