Fitmark Ambassador Jennifer Robinson shares some advice and tips about how to stick with your training routine
Sometimes it can be tough to stay on track with your training program but the following tips can be used to keep you on the straight and narrow and headed directly towards your goals!
Periodically, perform a goal check and make sure that you actively working towards your next short term goal and that your original long term goal is still your main objective over the long run. Sometimes when you get deep into a training program, you may decide to push yourself further and alter your long term goal. An example could be training for distance running. At the onset, you determine your long term would be to run in a local 5K run during a certain month. As you begin to train, you learn that you are progressing faster than expected! Re-assess your long term goal, you may decide to push yourself further and aim for a half marathon that is scheduled later in the year and change your original long term goal of the 5K to a short term goal along the way to the half marathon!
Another tip to stay on your training track is plan ahead in your day planner. Block out your training time. Make it and Keep it a priority in your schedule. Detail little notes for your training to keep it fun. I use motivational photos or quotes written during ‘Training Time’. Funny to say, but I know what time it is when I see a photo or quote.
I understand that not all aspects of training are going to be loved and embraced. Personally, the training component that I enjoy least is the cardio. I love the weight training, plyometrics, and track or stadium workouts. But steady rate cardio can sometimes bore me to tears. Over time, I have found that I can stay on track if I plan activities that I can do during my steady rate cardio. Sprinting or steady rate running can be a breeze if I have an awesome music playlist!
Another tip to stay on your training track is to get a new ‘toy’ that is intricate to training. A new gym bag, a new pair of gloves, or new running shoes can easily bring a smile to your face for your next training session. I have found a surge of energy from something as simple as a new notebook to use to track my progress.
Another tip can be, if you know you are tired or your motivation is waning a certain day, you can lay out your gym clothes and supplements in preparation for training the next day. If your training is in the evening you can get that gym bag in your car. I use the front seat floorboard…. It’s looking at me the entire ride to work and waiting patiently for me to hit the gym when I get off work.
A combination of these tips plus ones that are unique to your circumstances can keep you hitting goal after goal!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013