I've been in the fitness industry for about four months now, having spent three months in one gym then moving to another to start my job as a personal trainer. While these two gyms function very differently, one being extremely sales oriented and another being more members oriented, the common theme is that people sign up for a gym membership in droves in January, but then a couple of months later, that boom in membership dies down. The obvious reason is that come January, everyone starts some sort of New Year's Resolution, and most of the resolutions involve shedding weight that was gained over Christmas. Unfortunately, many people are unable to stay motivated at the gym simply because they do not have the tools to remain motivated. So I'm going to provide you with the tools that you need.
Fitness is more than a New Year's Resolution. It's an actual lifestyle change, one that you need to stick with in the long-term.
Before you even step foot in a gym, you need to write down your goals, and the best way to do that is to follow the SMART goals template.
You want to be as specific as possible when setting your goals, and setting SMART goals is exactly how you can do it. AND WRITE THEM DOWN! Writing down your goals ensures that you'll keep on top of them.
Now that you've got your SMART goals written down, you've got to find ways to stay motivated. You absolutely need to write them down. There is no exception to this. This will allow you to refer to your goals every day. Referring to your goals can help encourage you when you otherwise feel discouraged.
While you're at the gym, there are several things you can do to keep yourself motivated.
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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