- Start by setting your goals
Always start by setting goals that are SMART;
Laying the groundwork will help you establish your priorities and motivate you to get started. Once you have your SMART goals, a plan will help maximise your workout time, leaving you less time wondering what to do and how to do it.
- Add a training plan in line with your goals
A training plan will help you achieve a well-rounded workout, which can help prevent injury and maximize results. Having a plan allows you to rebuild your fitness steadily and safely. Planning ahead can help you cue workouts and avoid procrastination.
- Define your training plan
Identify the number of times a week you can commit to physical activity, including rest times, and build in some flex. Even the best-laid plans will have in-the-moment changes sometimes.
- Set realistic targets to reach your goals and adjust according to your progress
- Break down the activities you want to complete; avoid overloading your schedule and feeling like you’re unable to accomplish all you have scheduled
- Commit to PT support- adding an expert to your training routine will give you guidance, motivation, and accountability
- Keep it balanced; even if you’re aiming to build cardiovascular endurance for a long run, you should include exercises for flexibility and strength to avoid injury.
It’s important to remember that having a plan isn’t about being restrictive. Putting time aside to think about your workouts can help you tick off the basics, adapt when necessary and make time to try new things.
Last updated Wednesday 18 September 2019