It’s the time of year for sharpening pencils and picking out a new backpack. While it’s sad to see another summer come to an end, it’s also fun to think about new possibilities.
For many, the school year is a chance to return to their routine. That frequently means going back to a workout schedule. You may feel a twinge of guilt about the exercise sessions that you missed over the summer. However, it’s more important to focus on where you’re going than where you’ve been. Use these tips to help you get back on track.
Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Without goals, it’s hard to maintain motivation and track improvement. The quality of the goal you set keeps you on track. That’s why goals like “losing weight” and “having a healthier heart” usually don’t work out so well. They just aren’t specific enough.
We like to focus on S.M.A.R.T. goals. That’s an acronym for:
You can use this acronym to craft a fitness goal that is specific to your desires. This is bound to keep you motivated. However, it’s also important that you set a goal that stretches your current abilities but isn’t so far out of reach that you can’t attain it. A relevant goal is one that is meaningful. Achieving this goal will help you live a fuller, happier, more meaningful life. Being able to track your goal is just as crucial. How else will you know whether or not you’ve made it? The S.M.A.R.T. acronym is a great way to set your next goal.
Set a Workout Schedule
You wouldn’t schedule a doctor appointment and then just not show up. You also wouldn’t set up a lunch with an important client and then casually brush it off when something else comes along. If you schedule your workouts like you do your other appointments and obligations, then you’re far more likely to get in your exercise sessions.
Arrange a Kid Swap
Parents with young children sometimes have a hard time sticking to a workout schedule. Ask another fitness-minded friend or family member with young children to watch your kids while you exercise, then switch so she can work out while you watch the kids.
Find an Exercise Partner (or Several of Them)
An exercise partner may be just what you need to keep you accountable to your fitness goals. Consider joining a small group training class. The other students will expect to see you at every session, and you can provide them with support and motivation too.
Get Motivated by Variety
You can spice up your workout and keep your motivation high by trying different things. Take classes designed to build arm strength, increase flexibility or enhance your cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, be on the lookout for special events and challenges that the gym sponsors throughout the year.
Get in touch with My House Fitness Oviedo to learn more about how you can get into the best shape of your life.