Are you one of the many of us that feel we should do more working out? It may mean jogging, lifting weights, or training for some specific sporting event, the hope is that we'll be able to build more muscle and burn more fat by training which will then give us the physique that we're looking for.
So, we spend tons of time creating an elaborate training program, filled with multiple workouts throughout the week. We combine this with some kind of diet that involves eating a very small number of calories each day and we generally just force ourselves to live in discomfort for days and months to reach our goals.
Except day two comes and we've already abandoned the goal. Why? Because it's just too intense to stick at it and we started to strong and hard to sustain the new lifestyle changes. If you're already tired and you're inactive most evenings as a result, how do you plan to add 5 hours of training to your current routine? And if you plan a gym trip each day, you have to factor in the travel time and the washing up and cooling down after each session. Or how about the calorie deficit you're creating which gives you less energy than you would normally have anyway! Is this really healthy? Is this really how we want to spend the rest of our lives?
The first problem with this type of goal setting and training is your ambition and it needs to be fixed before getting started on anything else. Don't get me wrong, goals are great! Training and working out, decreasing your calories...these may be great goals to set. But you have to be realistic.
There's only so much you can expect your body to accomplish in a given week and your energy, not just your time, is finite. Instead of starting with five one hour workouts, maybe start with three half hour ones to get yourself conditioned to regular workouts.
You could always find other creative ways to make it easier too; for example, you could train from home in the beginning by doing body weight exercises.
Focus on the Vision
It's also important that you focus on the vision, on your dream. What are the reasons behind your desire to work out regularly? What are you hoping to achieve? How would it feel to achieve that body you've always wanted? To feel confident and energetic for a change?
It's far too easy to miss the connection between our dream and the goals we take to get there. Make sure that you're driven in the right direction by really focusing on that dream and what it can deliver you. Imagine what it would really feel like to accomplish your goals and use that feeling to drive you!
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