Summer is ending, which means it’s time for longer nights, back-to-school, and fall planning! If you’re anything like us, it’s also a great time to revisit your fitness and set some new goals for the cooler months ahead. Give yourself the best chance for success with these awesome, tried-and-true tips staying on track.
Great goals are specific, measurable, time-bound, AND realistic. It’s great to have a big, ambitious goal, like losing weight, running a marathon, or ‘getting fit’, but you’ll be more motivated to get there if you start small and specifically define what you’re shooting for. Pick one goal at a time, set a time frame to achieve it, and break it down into smaller, measurable goals that you can knock off every couple of weeks to stay motivated and excited.
Focus on the ‘Why’
So you have a fitness goal in mind, and you’ve broken it down into measurable steps. But why that goal, and why now? Figure out what’s motivating you, write it down, and pin it to your fridge or your door or your mirror, so you’ll always remember why you started (even when it’s 8pm and you’d rather be watching Netflix).
Make a Plan
Create a workout schedule, and make it part of your routine and weekly rhythm. The more your exercise plan becomes part of your lifestyle (and not just something you’re trying to fit in), the greater the chance you’ll stick with it.
While establishing a routine will keep you consistent, getting outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself will keep your progress moving forward. Diversify your workouts to ensure you’re challenging all of your muscle groups, getting in some cardio, and improving your flexibility and balance as you work towards your goals.
Align your Nutrition
Whatever your fitness goals are, you’ll want to align your nutrition to meet them. Make sure you’re getting enough protein to build muscle (Rumble Supershake can help with that!) and enough carbohydrates to fuel your workouts. Low-carbohydrate diets can be a great quick fix to burn fat, but it’s more sustainable to aim for healthy, long-term changes that you can stick with.
Don’t Burn Out
Get enough sleep, drink enough water, and listen to your body. If you need a break or a rest day, take it. Pace yourself, because you’re in this for the long run.
Focus on Progress
Progress doesn’t happen overnight or even in a week, so it’s important to keep track of how you’re doing over time so you can see how far you’ve come. Depending on your goals, you can try a workout log, progress pictures, or tracking your measurements or run times. If you’re trying to improve your running or cycling, apps like Strava track your distance and route times, and alert you when you’ve hit a personal best.
It’s Progress, Not Perfection
Yes, you’ll have good days and bad, and you may even fall off the wagon entirely, but don’t interpret that as failure and reason to quit entirely! It’s every workout and every day added up over the weeks and months that make a difference - so if you need a rest or you took a break, just get back to it when you can. Fitness goals are best achieved by building new habits over time, so just stay positive, keep moving forward, and you’ll rock it!