“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
When you don’t see RESULTS don’t give up! Sometimes you don’t realize the progress that you have made. Your progress can go unnoticed because improvement is usually gradual. Make the appropriate measurements at the begining so you can track and assess your progress. Set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Measurable) Goals. Fitness Assessments administered by a professional usually include, girth measurements, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, body composition and can provide insight that otherwise would go unnoticed before starting an exercise program. Also, assessments give you a way of tracking and charting your progress to keep you motivated. I recommend doing an assessment every 6 to 8 weeks.
“Victory belongs to the most persevering.” -Napolean Bonaparte
Tips for Staying Consistent:
1) Get into a routine: We are creatures of habit. Make exercise is conveinent and easy; prioritize your play time/exercise and well being; schedule your time to exercise; have a plan, know exactly what exercises you are going to do and for how long, have a back up plan, and have a back up plan for your back up plan.
2) Associate Pleasurable Feelingsto Exercise and Your Exercise Time: Best way to relieve stress; In school our teacher would reward the class by setting us loose to run outside for an hour;
Exercise = Happiness
3) Set yourself up for success: Enlist support from your friends and family; stay positive; Don’t be shy to ask for help, we all need it from time to time; Get a personal trainer.